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Are mobile phones a blessing or a curse?

A little while ago I wrote a post called are video games a blessing or a curse? Did you read it? It was one of those posts that started off as a rant, an opportunity to vent a few frustrations, and whilst that was great, it ended up becoming more than that. It became a really interesting lesson for me in the pros and cons of video games. Anyway, it got me thinking about other forms of technology, and what their positive and negative attributes are. And that leads me nicely into this post where I’m going to look at the pros and cons associated with mobile phones. I hope that you enjoy!

As always please leave a comment to share your opinion or to list anything that I miss out, I would love to hear!

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PROS

Safety: Carrying a mobile phone (as long as it has battery and signal) gives you a constant source of calling for help should you need to. This could be if your car has broken down, if you are or feel as though you might be in danger, it could even be that you have forgotten something at home and your other half can drop it to you. A mobile phone is a great source of safety.

Convenience: There is no denying how convenient having a mobile phone is! Whether you need an instant Sat Nav, a list of local attractions, or even just a quick search to find out the answer to a random question that has popped into your head, whatever the reason, a mobile phone is really handy.

Valuable learning resource: How many times have you grabbed your phone to do a quick internet search? It’s so quick and easy to gain information if you have a mobile to hand. A mobile also makes it possible to gain this information on the go.

Brilliant little multi-taskers: With a mobile phone you can make notes, set alarms and reminders, schedule appointments, access the internet, send messages and make calls etc. You really can organise your life if you have a mobile phone, and better still, it’s all in one place!

Making memories: It’s so easy to grab out a mobile and take a photo, whether it’s a special day out that you want to remember, a birthday or celebration, or even just a pretty flower that you spot on a walk, having a mobile in your pocket with the capability to capture the moment is great.

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CONS

Health concerns: Medical research is ongoing with regards the risk that mobile phones may present to our health. The most commonly suggested risks are germs from the phone itself, the effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation, and sleep disturbances. As with other devices, there is the risk of addiction and its associated consequences such as depression and other psychological stresses.

Danger: There is of course the issue of exposure to cyber bullying and the ease with which an individual can be exploited, blackmailed, or abused. These are very real concerns, with many documented cases.

Distraction: Having a phone to hand at all times can cause an individual to become too easily distracted. This may mean that they miss out on quality time with friends and family because they are spending more time using their phone than communicating with the people that surround them. This type of distraction can result in an increased risk of isolation.

Pressure: Having a mobile phone means an individual is always contactable. This often results in an increased feeling of pressure and the inability to fully switch off. One might feel as though they have no escape, or that their personal time is always at risk of being compromised if their boss calls them for example.

I must admit here that when I was researching information for this post I did so with the use of my mobile phone. I also know that when this post goes up, it will be my phone that confirms it and my phone that I use to update my social media to inform a wider audience that the post is live. What I’m getting at is that I’m as guilty as the next person for using my phone a lot…perhaps too much at times. So, maybe I am a bit of a hypocrite but I think I have worked out somewhat of a solution, at least a solution for myself anyway.

Personal management.

I think that attempting to achieve moderation when it comes to our mobile phones is key. I don’t think we should stay up all night watching YouTube or browsing Pinterest, but half an hour here and there isn’t such a big deal, in fact it’s a perfect way to relax! I don’t think that we should always replace real conversations with texts but, if you don’t have the opportunity to meet up with somebody then a text can be just the thing to show someone you are thinking of them and brighten up their day a bit, this again is surely a good thing! I don’t think we should disappear into our phone screens at the cost of quality time with loved ones but equally, if a comfortable silence falls then why not pass some time on your phone…is it really harming anyone?

The issue, in my opinion, is not mobile phones, it’s irresponsibility of the user of the mobile phone. Of course, there are very real risks that can be attributed to mobile phones, and I’m not in any way negating these issues, but, I am simply stating that it is not clear cut. If an individual is responsible with their use of their mobile phone then I personally believe the positive outweighs the negative. There is good and bad with everything after all. That’s just life.

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What opinion do you hold when it comes to mobile phones? What are your thoughts on the pros and cons that I have included? Are there any that I missed out that you think I should have included? I would love to hear so please leave a comment if you would like to.

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Thanks for reading!

Until the next time…Jess x

 

2 thoughts on “Are mobile phones a blessing or a curse?

  1. Thoughtful post, well done!
    I think too many people are completely relying on their phones. It’s hard to ‘switch off’, literally. I got my first phone when I was 16 (my parents didn’t let me have one before then) and all it was useful for was calling, texting and basic games. My second phone was like that too. My third and current phone is a smartphone (I only got it a couple of years ago when my previous phone finally died) and it’s transformed my life. Mostly in good ways (organising, notemaking, blogging, information seeking) but it can also be a distraction and a time waster!
    I’ve also noticed that playing with phones provides excuses for people to not talk to each other 😉

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for your comment as well! I’m the same as you, I have only had one smartphone for a few years but it’s left me feeling far more reliant on my phone than I ever was before when all it could do was make calls pretty much. As you say, they can be great for blogging, making notes etc but it’s definitely a double edged sword when you factor in how much time we can waste aimlessly browsing on our phones. Striking a balance is definitely easier said than done isn’t it.

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