“There are social, medical and technical problems associated with the use of mobile phones. What forms do they take? Do you agree that the problems outweigh the benefits of mobile phones?”
Nowadays mobile phones are literally invading our lives; from children to elderly, almost everybody owns one. Some people take their own device everywhere with them and can not bear staying without it. It has eventually become a common habit to be on the phone in every situation, no matter with whom you might be and in which occasion, your loyal “friend” is always with you, ready to ring and make you happy.
This might in some extreme cases affect relationships people, because it is alienating for people and their acquaintances. Women and men in couples might feel pulled apart by their partners who love to be on the phone and have a chat once in a while; just, sometimes, this “while” might last hours. Children might feel abandoned by their parents who might find more interesting and less stressing having a talk on the phone than staying with their kids, playing with them, explaining them things.
Furthermore, mobiles have been told to be cause of diseases related to the radio waves they emanate: these illnesses are in many cases fatal and incurable. Many scientific studies have proved that the more one is on the phone the likelier is that he is going to contract a disease related to the warming up of the part of the body exposed to the waves, that is the head.
On top of that, these waves are usually disturbing other devices that are as much useful, if not more, than the mobiles themselves, like, for example, radio stations, TVs, loud speakers and so on - the list is endless.
Despite of all of these negative aspects, I still think mobiles are of great use for our society, where we need to exchange information faster day by day and where keeping in touch with the others is vital for all of us. A wiser utilize of these precious devices might solve many problems without having to get rid of our “friend”, even though keeping it switched off, sometimes, might make our lives more interesting, for us and for the others.
THANKS IN ADVANCE,
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