Sabtu, 03 November 2012

Mobile Phones - Advantages and Disadvantages

Mobile phones are an invention of this current century that many people never believed would come to be the technological sensation that it has become today. If you only look back a few years, a mobile phone was actually considered a luxury and not the necessity that it has come to be. It was certainly not affordable by everyone. And then suddenly out of nowhere almost everyone has a mobile phone and not many can imagine a life without it. It seems that everyone is carrying a cell phone and we have become a nation and world of cell phone addicts. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this addiction that we now have?


If we are suddenly involved in an emergency of some type, we have almost immediate access to emergency services such as the police, fire or medical services. If there is a dangerous person on the loose in any certain neighborhood law enforcement can contact each of us with instructions on what to do to stay safe. Information involving an Amber Alert or weather alerts can be almost instantly spread community or state-wide.

Wireless Communications

We have the ability to stay in touch with our families and closest friends at all times through wireless texting, email and actually talking to each other. In some cases, this could be also a disadvantage but for now it will be listed as an advantage.

Safety Feature

For those who live alone, or the elderly or disabled it is almost a safety feature as these people can be checked on during the day by family or neighbors. Or if they have an emergency they can immediately get help. By carrying this small communication device with them there are no more reasons to be stuck after a fall lying on the floor with no help insight. Families of these same people do not have to have someone with them all the time anymore as it often was in the past.

But just as it is with everything else in life, with the advantages come the disadvantages. For every one advantage there are several disadvantages.

Driving and Cell Phones

Cell phones have become a bit of a hazard when in the car. Text messaging and answering or making a call with the phone while driving have already killed many people due to car accidents. In fact some states have passed laws against texting or using a cell phone while driving. There are devices where the phone can be hooked up to the car's sound system so when the phone rings you can touch a button on the steering wheel and the call will go through the car sound system allowing you to communicate while still having your eyes on the road.

Health Hazard

There have been more incidents of cancer of the brain since the use of cell phones have become so wide-spread but health officials are not sure if this is due to cell phone use. The phone does omit some very low, non-toxic levels of radiation so it would be a reasonable deduction that those who are heavy cell phone users could develop some health effects.

Stress Level

For some people, perhaps more than we realize, constantly being connected to a ringing phone can be quite stressful. As long as that cell phone is with us, we can never have any time alone and that time of calm is necessary to unwind sometimes.

So, as with everything new there are advantages and disadvantages of having a mobile phone.

Just as everything in life - every new technology brings advantages and disadvantages. And this is certainly true of mobile phones.

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