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If you ask someone about the necessities of life they are likely to give the expected answer; food, clothing, water, air, shelter. This is maybe a few years back, now something has been added to the necessities of life; the mobile phone! Again if you ask someone you always carry when to leave your house; the answers could range from wallet, keys, smile and yes the mobile phone! These phones are ubiquitous; they are calculators, alarm clocks, a handy diary, window to the social world; they can double as you wallet and of course they let you make calls from anywhere. They are our friendly genies that can solve all problems be it getting a cab, setting up a reminder, navigate your way and what not! Really these smart phones have revolutionized our everyday lives. However is this genie becoming an addiction more than a utility?Mobile
Phone Usage in India:
If you feel that its only Indians who are gripped by the mobile
frenzy than think again. Undoubtedly we have the second largest
number of mobile phones in the world but that is due to our huge
population. The number of connections in India is 80.32/100
(connections/100 citizens) which is less than the world average of
97/100 and is much below 240/100 at places like Hong Kong.
All mobile phone users are not necessarily internet users also,
a fact that needs to be understood. There is still a large segment
of mobile phone users who use it only for its basic purpose of
making calls or may be an occasional click. Though internet
penetration is still low in India, the government with its
digitization drive is trying to make it better. 50% of the internet
users in India access it only through their mobiles.
Access to internet is a great equalizer; irrespective of your
physical location or class one has access to useful information.
This may be information about various government schemes,
information about college admissions, health initiatives or some
new product that is being advertised. It is a powerful tool that
lets the user make informed decision not to mention access to
easier and round the clock communication.
Phones A Convenience or an Addiction?
So if I were to ask you that can you stay a day without your
smart phone? Most likely the answer would be we can but this but
could mean many things; how will I wake up in the morning, what if
my office/family needs to contact me urgently, how do I send my
mail, how do I book a cab and so on.
Okay then let us reframe the question; maybe on a holiday, a
phone less day is possible? No; that is the day I catch up with my
friends, participate on discussions on my various Whatsapp groups,
order groceries and what if I have to try out a new restaurant for
lunch, how will I reach it?
Yes, the phone is useful and offers a whole range of services
but the problem starts when it starts hindering other activities
and you feel lost without it. When people shun normal social
interaction to be on their chats on Facebook or Hike then it's a
cause for concern. When you are with your family/friends sharing a
meal but prefer to be with virtual people or read chain forwards
then it is a cause of concern. When you do not know the route to a
new place but hesitate to ask a fellow citizen because you rely
more on your Google maps then it's a cause of concern.
Smart phones are replacing human interaction and often people
find themselves distressed and lost if they do not constantly check
their phone for a message or mail and feel left out if they have
not participated in a chat even for a short time. The smart phone
addiction discussion cannot be complete without discussing selfies.
Well this word may not have been part of the dictionary till a
while back but even a toddler in current times knows how to pout
for the click. The concentration is less on enjoying the moment or
living it but it is more on creating the moment right so that one
can get the perfect selfie.
Lots of studies show that increased screen time is a cause of
concern both for the physical and mental health. While one can walk
away from the computer screen or the television the phone always
accompanies you. We shall not even mention the various mishaps that
occur because one could not take their eyes of the phone.
Whether it's a smart phone or any other tool it is good till we
are smart about its usage. It is a great piece of technology that
is constantly being improved to make our lives simpler but when it
starts being a master and not the tool then it is definitely a
cause of worry. So maybe we should have a day in a week or a
fortnight where we try and go off the mobile, give our tired
fingers and eyes a rest and see if we manage to survive or maybe a
live a little more happily that day!
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