It’s been years since someone had to look for change in their pocket to make a call out on the street from a phone box
It’s been years since someone had to look for change in their pocket to make a call out on the street from a phone box, have we forgotten that mobile phones are somehow a blessing? The question here is whether mobile phones are a blessing or a curse. According to the “2013 mobile growth statistics” 96% of all people in the world have mobile phones and 70% own a smart phone and according to mobile growth statistics the average age of owning a mobile phone is 13. There are over 1.2 billion people accessing the internet from their mobile devices.
So basically, humans lately have been living through their phones on a daily basis. Mobile phones have become a must in our everyday lives, whether for business, education, emergency, etc. Mobile phones have been under constant development and upgrade since they were first invented. Today most people have mobile phones, which don’t come close to comparing to the first mobile phones ever invented, which were just a mean of communication with very little options. A phone is no longer an electronic phonebook it’s a; mobile phone, computer, reminder, calendar, radio and much more!
Like any other product, mobile phones have advantages and disadvantages. As a consumer of mobile phones, I would say it is a bit of both. The advantages of having a “smart phone” are dependable, what I mean by dependable is that I can actually depend on my phone; which might seem like technology is making us into lazy human beings but it’s not when used in the right way. We educate ourselves we try to make everything as simple as possible so we can enjoy life. So what a “smart phone” does is that it helps me keep our lives in order, and we do so by having applications that help with shopping for things online, having reminders, alarm clocks, access to social media, the news, having applications to connect with distant loved ones and ofcourse applications that help with boredom. We now have all of this at the tip of our fingers, at the touch of one button making life more comfortable.
We also consider mobile phones a curse as mobile phones have so much to offer and having so much can become distracting and time consuming. We often find ourselves lost in another world with our phones pinned to our faces, just jumping from one application to another surfing the web and we also get easily distracted when our phones keep on beeping with notifications, text messages and updates. People have a lot of accidents while checking their phones for text messages, calling someone or just checking who’s doing what on social media.
It has been one of the two major causes for accidents in Europe and America, just following driving under the influence of alcohol. Another big issue we are facing nowadays is the fact that we’re not facing people while having a conversation, we’re actually facing our phones. This is a problem because we seem to be caught up more in the virtual world rather than the real one, which will make us regret a lot of things in the future.
One has to realize and become aware of the distractions a smart phone can offer, it’s meant to make life easier not more complicating. So smart phones are both a blessing and a curse it’s the consumer that decides whether it will become a distraction or a gadget that will just make things easier. The mobile phone will then be a perk to your life rather than being a burden and a time consuming device.