Mobile Phone: Boon and Bane

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Mobile phone has given freedom to many to be in touch with the world on the go. However, its misuse has led to the downfall of basic behavior and decency. The long term effects of getting carried away are yet to surface but society is sure to pay a price.

Mobile phones

Modern life means mobility. I live in Asia and see many, earlier constrained to their villages, looking at the wide world for opportunities to better their lives. They are ready to break into new vistas; most with little education but armed with a vital contraption that has become an integral part in our lives. It also saves lives from being exploited and keeps us in touch with friends ready to hold our hands. This contraption is none other than mobile phones, also called cell or hand phones.

When I see mobile phones being used by all sundry, I feel a sense of achievement and also heartache at their misuse. It is freedom for many to be in touch with anyone on the go without borders, but I also get a feeling of dismay when it takes over our lives at the cost of everything else. We lose sight of others and our basic manners. And their increasing features, though much touted, can change our lifestyles for the worse. To put it politely, we just become selfish, led down a one-way path like the children in Pied Piper of Hamelin. And never to return to sanity starting with eye-to-eye contact!

Freedom at last

It is basic human nature to improve our lot. Millions of young are seeking better pastures against all odds. It was only couple of decades ago that many had to rely on what we call now snail mail to get to hear from own. It used to take couple of weeks to receive any news. Telegrams used to cost so much that it conveyed bad news, mostly death!

Despite much talk of equality, a major part of those seeking overseas jobs are made up of domestic workers or just called maids. They are still expected to work round the clock and practically with no day off in most countries; in a way, modern day slavery at the mercy of employers and others in their household. The latter are called prince-lings in China, born to power and privilege!

Mobile phones have given release to many hitherto disadvantaged. They can be in touch with their family members back home anytime. Earlier, they hardly got permission to use employer’s phone. Is it not freedom from maximum security prison for some? Most worked under such stifling conditions just a decade ago and I can testify to their plight!

Misuse

With freedom comes misuse of it. That does not mean we are not entitled to freedom and scientific advancement! But when I get an earful through constant misuse of mobile phones when I travel in crowded public transport, I do not have much sympathy for those who take others for granted. And the noise that is music to their ears! Finally, some employers expect their staff to be in touch at all times, or is it some blissfully playing into the former’s hands?

Marketing frenzy

We are led the garden path by the marketing frenzy. Not only the features of latest are touted but also the various plans which mostly add up to the same thing – making few go bankrupt! One is given unbreakable installments to buy and pay monthly charges for fixed terms! When few fall for internet scams paying upfront to get millions, are these not enticing enough for us to make decisions at the spur of the moment? It has become a world of its own with majority trying to feel their feet and soon getting caught in the whirlpool!

Stick to basics

I feel, for most, just stick with basic phone use, to stay connected with those who matter to us; don’t get entrapped in the frills part. More money is wasted on the latter and the constant upgrading where some packages make us feel we lose out of we do not just sign on the dotted line!

The freedom that came from mobile phones is Godsend, but not the excesses that are our over-indulgence. The supposed “progress” that make us ignore eye to eye contact, time for each other with those that matter including own children, will prove costly and irreversible. We will realize the mistakes too late when we yearn for time with our children. We need to invest our time and resources wisely to get worthwhile returns! Mobile phones can make us remain as teenagers for too long!

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Achievement, Asia, Boon And Bane, Features, Freedom, Heartache, Internet Scams, Maids, Manners, Marketing Strategies, Moblie Phone, Sanity, Selfish, Slavery, Telegrams, Without Borders

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve for your quick moderation and encouragement through awarding a star. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Teila
25th Aug 2012 (#)

You never cease to amaze me, your articles on so interesting!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Teila. Your words are so encouraging! siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Aug 2012 (#)

you know Siva..sometimes they are a curse especially when people talk loudly which happens so often and then when driving that is so dangerous....thanks for bringing this up...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your take on this issue that is getting out of hand despite the positive side. Things are much worse in Asia where people bump into you as you walk on the streets. They become unaware of the surroundings as they peer into their small screens while on the go! siva

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author avatar A K Rao
25th Aug 2012 (#)

The Inbuilt camera and MMS feature in the mobile phones has become a big problem in India! Now and then we come across with the MMS sex scandals by the youth on TV Channels and Newspapers! This is just one abuse...there are many such abuses associated with the cell phones! Adding to the existing miseries the prices of the hand sets have down drastically and the service providers have become quite linient because of the competition! Nice one as ever dear Siva sir! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks dear AKR for your apt comment. Technology can be misused so easily if one is so inclined. Intimate photos are used for blackmail when relatioships turn sour! We are led a one way street and just follow the herd! I also lament that advanced weapons are sold to all and sundry and we wake up when they fall into "wrong hands" which were the "right hands" when they made their profits! siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Everything has positive and negative sides. This is particularly true for technology.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Karim, for your comments. So nice to hear from you again after a break - siva

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author avatar John Kolyav
27th Aug 2012 (#)

Mobile phones are really causing lots of health problems when we travel in buses/trains. Everybody has mobiles and its microwaves are very dangerous. What to do? It has become a necessary evil. Thanks for sharing the nice article.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks John for your comments. I remember my relative travelling by train in India not able to sleep at night when few yak, yak all through the night. We need to show basic courtesy to those around us - siva

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
27th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks sir for sharing this and we also have the same experience while traveling in our state, where all and i mean even the daily wage laborers own latest mobiles. The worst thing is mobiles are misused to take photos of girls and upload on internet.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Deepa for your comments. It is such a boon, no doubt, but some create hell for others around them through their selfish attitude - siva

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for the interesting page, siva. When I really need my mobile phone, I have forgotten it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Ivy. It is essential part of us now - siva

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author avatar Chosen one
28th Aug 2012 (#)

This article actually brought to my mind some of my experiences with mobile. Especially when working professionals cannot live with out it. I used to be so addicted to mobiles earlier but a few days of seperation told me its not worth it. I just use it now to keep in touch.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Aug 2012 (#)

We need them just to survive in a modern world. We need to be contactable. But why shatter the peace around us by inconsiderate use? Thanks Chosen one - siva

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author avatar Souvik
28th Aug 2012 (#)

Dear Shivaji,
Excellent article. I had a question. Do you write in Knoji also. I used to write. Once my article got rejected. After that the scope of writing articles was denied. How long does the ban stay?
Warm regards,
Souvik Chatterji.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Souvik.. I am now with Wikinut only. I was earlier prolific with Associated Content, now known as Yahoo! Voices, but payment is only for US residents, so I gave up. It is like you can participate in Olympics but medals denied as per rules! I have also written for Bukisa but not active now! I have never been with Knoji - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Aug 2012 (#)

Very interesting post. Congrats on star page

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks Madan for your comments. Much appreciated - siva

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author avatar Retired
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Excellent article on a relevant issue. Insightful, Sivaji..
Namaskaram

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks again Rama-ji. I already feel blessed through your greetings in Tamil and Malayalam. Namaste - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Many matters brought to the forth, thank you siva,

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Everything has two sides. Thanks for your comments, Delicia - siva

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author avatar Sangita Karki
11th Sep 2012 (#)

Very true.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Sangita. Appreciate your visit comments - siva

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author avatar Karthik
27th Sep 2013 (#)

awesome. i got what i wanted and which is not available even in wikipedia here

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