If you had to ask ‘what can you not live without?’ to a room full of people, I would say about 95% of them would mention their mobile phones. If a phone started to ring in that room, I can bet that everyone would check or be tempted to see whether it was there phone. Let’s take a look at how this small gadget has taken over our lives.
If you take a quick look around you, no matter where you are or what situation you are in, there will be people either on chatting on the phone, typing a message, looking at Facebook updates or even just looking for the time. It is the number one accessory to stay in touch with people around the world; No wonder we can’t put this down, we hold the world’s information in our small hands. This is fascinating and astounds me every day.
We have this constant need to stay up to date with our friends, family and brands we love. The problem is we don’t know when to switch off. We find ourselves checking our phones when we bored, not being able to on holiday where there is no reception, checking our phones at the dinner table or while someone is talking. It seems our phones take preference over real people and real experiences. It has become the norm to ask people to hold on while they answer their phone. We cannot wait an hour or two to call the person back, we have to answer now or we might miss out on something important.
One of the most common phobias today is ‘Nomophobia’ which is the fear of being without a mobile phone. The addiction to mobile phones is becoming increasingly popular. Everybody is able to afford a phone with the variety of prices and makes available.
Every couple of months new phones are released with the latest applications that are meant to make our lives easier. This means we are relying on our phones for everyday things, such as using a calculator, sending emails, taking pictures, games, writing notes as well as lifestyle things, like keeping track of our calorie intake, running/walking times, watch television etc. As you can see we heavily rely on our phones. If you have ever lost your phone, you will know what I am talking about.
Mobile phones have in some sense become a hazard to our lives. How often do you see people talking or messaging on the phone while driving? This is a major problem in our society and has caused many accidents. mobile phones have been said to ruin relationships. We may find that our mobile phones take preference over what our partner has to say.
Mobile phones are not a bad thing at all; they have made many things possible and made our life easier. We just need to be careful that it doesn’t take over our lives and ruin the good things about life. Use it wisely!
Nicole de Freitas enjoys writing about technology, she often needs a laptop rental company to keep up with all her technological needs.
Image:Nomophobia from cubioart.com
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