The "Devilish blessing" called as Mobile Phone

Ptrikha By Ptrikha, 22nd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ac2e-az/
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Mobile phones are a necessity in modern day live(s). Yet, aren't we becoming slaves of this Technology and using it in places and at times when it should not be used?
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Mobile Phone- Past memories and the Present state

At times, I recall those few days of nearly 5.5 years back. I was traveling by a local bus when someone stole my cellphone from my jacket's pocket. I could not get the phone located, and the replacement was a few days away. It seemed as if heavens will fall, and I was thinking how would I manage without the mobile phone. However, I was in for a surprise. I had a pretty relaxed time during those 3-4 days. Apart from a few problems, it was pretty calm. This phase did not last long and I got my older phone and my duplicate Sim.
However, during those 3-4 days, I learnt that while mobile is crucial in many respects in our everyday live(s), it is not something without which life will come to a dead stop.

Unfortunately, there are many in our society, nation and perhaps many in the world, who do not think of the mobile phone just as a device. For them, it is like a lifebelt, without which perhaps they will turn into ICU of a hospital, or into a mental asylum. And for many, a world without the mobile phone seems like a live play of a disaster flick in which world seems to end in a few days, even if all that they do is chat with their friends on hours even when walking on road,or even driving.

Mobile Phone: A "Devilish Blessing"?

A seemingly normal object which was devised as a means of communication with distant people has, with the advent of technology become a potent tool to be used for emergencies, buying/selling products and services, messaging, chatting with friends, colleagues and relatives and for many other things.
Yet with all its advantages, it has perhaps cast a spell on people. They are using it in situations and at times when it ought not be used. Some surprising and shocking examples one can see:

  1. There are people unable to turn well on busy roads, since they are talking on mobile while driving.
  2. One person stopped in the middle of road and continued talking on his phone, oblivious of the fact that he was causing traffic inconvenience to people behind him.
  3. Also, people keep on talking on mobile when reversing or adjusting in parking, causing potential accident scenarios.
  4. One day, I was shocked to see a woman carrying her daughter in one hand on busy road and talking with mobile tightly held between shoulder and ears- a very risky way indeed, and outrightly .
  5. Bikers too join this madness by using mobile while driving.

These make me believe is the mobile a blessing which is useful, yet like a Devil who makes peoples' mind become its slaves?


These are just some of the examples and any sensible person will be shocked and angry at such instances. Sometimes, we feel that the law enforcement agencies are lax, especially traffic police. However, even strict policing cannot take care of moral decadence, where people seem to be getting indifferent towards safety of themselves and others, and giving in to the madness.

There can be crazy measures like jamming of calls, when a vehicle reaches near a Red Light, or extra charges when a call is made from a moving vehicle, but people will find out means to circumvent such measures. What is needed is to make people aware that mobile phones are there to help in betterment of the individual and society, and note to cause safety issues and nuisance.
Yet, will people at individual and community level start doing something to spread more awareness?


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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Nice post highlighting a modern day problem

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan.

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author avatar brendamarie
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Great article, cell phones can be a problem for some.

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Yes Indeed brendamarie

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
22nd Sep 2015 (#)

Ptrikha, excellent article. A few years ago the village that I live in banned cell phones while driving. I thought that was a good idea. I know not everyone obeys the law but I do think it's for their safety.

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Indeed using mobile while driving and even walking on road can be dangerous but many people do not understand.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Awesome post and a much needed devil my friend!

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Sep 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern.

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author avatar Souvik
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Excellent article Ptrikaji. You have said my words. Some devices are menaces. For one merit there are 10 demerits.

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Oct 2015 (#)

Absolutely Souvik.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Oct 2015 (#)

You mirror my thoughts, Ptrikha.

I am one who does not switch on the mobile phone most of the time! When I am at home or office for example, as I have land lines there. I only switch it on when there is an emergency.

I find many just get carried away by the gadgets. They are oblivious to the dangers especially when they have babies, children with them. And when one gets hooked to the applications, groups like Whatsapp, then one does not have time for anything else that really matters in life!

For me, they are just a means to an end of living a wholesome life and they do take over our lives at the cost of others that matter more, like face to face interaction within a family - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva for sharing your thoughts. I feel perplexed as to how a tiny thing can takeover people's mind with so much intensity.

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author avatar chrysolite
9th Dec 2015 (#)

Very good article, Ptrikha! I share your sentiments!

I also totally agree with Siva on all points.

I think the "ignorant masses" as I like to call them, are simply not aware that mobile phones, TV, games, etc. are simply gadgets to get them hooked. That way they are very easily led by the rich and powerful.

Just observe objectively what is "taught" and "demanded" from the people who use all those gadgets and then see how they are all following and complying and even getting into more debt just to be able to follow all the demands!

Then they get nervous, have depressions, can't cope with life and go and see a doctor who will prescribe pills.

It's all sorted for almost every one of us. There are the politicians and companies that get the last penny out of the ignorants, there are the ones that get the money out of the so-called health conscious people and there are the ones that target people with University degrees.

Just study a bit of marketing and you know that practically none of us stands a chance.

Well, maybe just a few that met here on this page! Maybe we can tell people that it is still possible to be free, that it is still possible to do what one really, really wants to do and that indeed we can enjoy life, survive and have fun without gadgets and apps!

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author avatar Ptrikha
10th Dec 2015 (#)

Well, thanks for sharing your views. To some extent, even I am a bit into Apps, albeit for some limited selfish reason.

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author avatar chrysolite
10th Dec 2015 (#)

Ahhh, Ptrikha, I didn't want to say that I don't use Apps. They are probably unavoidable these days. But I think we shouldn't become dependent on them like some people are already.

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