23 Dec Mobile Phones – Use and Misuse
The invention of mobile phones, their upgrades to high-end smartphones with many popular and fascinating features, their easy availability in the consumer market and their affordability have ensured that almost every person we meet on the streets can afford to carry a cell phone. These cell phones are being manufactured in bulk by various brands in different countries; the prices of SIM cards are also extremely reasonable these days and this brings down the overall price of obtaining a fully functional mobile phone. With more and more companies of mobile connection service providers coming forward and providing connections and SIM cards at extremely affordable rates, it is very obvious that almost every person will try to get hold of a cell phone.
Cell phones are indeed one of the greatest and most useful inventions of mankind. Earlier, people had to depend on mails, computers etc to connect with different parts of the world but these were not always available. Cell phones help people to stay in touch with others in different corners of the world in a jiffy. For those who are looking for snazzy gadgets to flaunt, cell phones are exactly what they need. Even the tech-savvy consumer is not disappointed-cell phones these days come equipped with the coolest new features and functionalities like web clients, various gaming platforms for mobile gaming, audio and video recorders, MMS or multimedia messaging services, email clients, document readers, PDA or personal digital assistant services, facilities for streaming and watching videos, video callings, music players etc. The prices are just right and these features are just what you need in your phone.
But there is another darker and graver side to the story too. Widespread use of cell phones has made way for its rampant misuse too especially by the youth, anti-socials, terrorists and other criminals. Camera phones, those that come with MMS facilities enabled are used to take unauthorized explicit photos, shoot pornographic videos etc and spread them. Moreover since SIM cards can be easily available and there is no proper facility for full-proof checking of one’s records, these phones are being misused by terrorists for various activities.
The young generation is so engrossed in sending SMSes, talking over the phone and spending most of their times in the virtual world that in the real world, they are gradually becoming socially ill-equipped and repressive. This leads to communication problems and also causes disturbances as one is always busy texting and receiving texts.
Mobile phones are both a boon and a bane. It is up to us to use it responsibly and make it a boon for the rest of our lives and beyond.
By Jessica N King