Technology, and for that matter, the mobile phone, has drastically changed our lives and behaviour. Ironically, in our present globalised world, mobile phones have not only made our lives easier, but they have also simultaneously enslaved us. Can you image your day – to – day life without a phone? Hardly not. The degree of the effect of the mobile phone addiction is such that we all now compete not to be left behind as far as mobile phone technology is concerned.
Welcome to the new era of mobile technology. According to the U.N. released figures, there were worldwide, over 6 billion mobile phone users, making it virtually 86 phones per 100 people in the world. With such devices as cameras, music players, and organizers substituted by mobile phones, our lives, relationship and mode of interaction and communication have changed drastically. Unlike when newspaper vendors were even bribed to jealously keep favoured newspapers for their preferred customers or were bombarded by a swarm of curious readers, struggling to buy their favourite dailies to catch up with the latest news, mobile phone technology has given the newspapers a devastating sale blow. With your fingers on your fanciful and portable mobile phones, all the breaking news unfolds live from any corner of the world, films, latest entertainment news, gossips and scandals, all information you can think of, is easily displayed on your fingertip, directly on your phone screen. More than that, you are 24 hours and 7 days, a week connected with your friends and family. Online chats and social media chat rooms enable you to stay in touch with friends and make new ones. The world has never been so small and redefined, and the distance incredibly reduced by mobile phone technology. Definity, there is no more distance barrier for those who have been initiated into the mobile phone cult. Mobile technology connects anyone in every village in every country. More than ever, global connectivity is forming the basis for wider international collaboration and development. The once a wide gulf between demand and supply has been effectively reduced by the introduction of a mobile phone, while speed, quality, and efficiencies have been added to the global market, research, education, and services due to the said technology. Timely delivery of services, high-level resilience, easier sharing of information, techniques and coordination amongst researchers, teachers, and students are part of the wonders of the mobile technology development.
Shopping can never be the same due to global connectivity. With many online stores and sites available, many customers do not only prefer online shopping; equally, shopping at the convenience of their home or office with their credit cards has become a common trend.
What about a job application? The days are gone when one had to go out every day to buy newspapers or drive hundreds of kilometers to offices, searching for a job. Equipped with your mobile phone, laptop or internet connectivity, you can comfortably search or apply for jobs, connect business opportunities on the forums.
However, global internet connectivity has its downsides. Many research works have repeatedly pointed out the dangerous effects of mobile phones – especially on children. There is a strong belief amongst health experts that excessive use of a mobile phone could cause cancer; although the mobile phone – cancer connection has not been proved beyond reasonable doubt. However, it is calculated that an average brain receives approximately 220 electromagnetic impulses per minute each time one uses a mobile phone. Although the amount does not pose health havoc, prolonged use of a mobile phone means more impulses, which can be dangerously unhealthy in a long run. Many experts, therefore, strongly believe that frequent mobile phone users are 50% more likely to have brain cancer than their counterparts, who use the gadget less often. Furthermore, experts believe that the constant use of mobile phone by pregnant mothers poses significant health problems to both the mothers and their unborn children. But the risks are not limited to women alone. Some research has equally concluded that mobile phone, when carried near the male reproductive organ, can affect the male reproductive system. A good reason, experts have advised men to desist from carrying their phones in the pockets of their trousers. Other health risks associated with a mobile phone are a headache, depression, decreased attention, insomnia, short temper, all as a result of the influence of mobile phone on the nervous system. Equally, excessive texting could affect eyes harmfully.
Apart from the health hazard associated with mobile phone usage, other social problems are not uncommon. Many, especially, children, are so addicted to their phones nowadays that they have no other social contacts. Due to the addiction, social interaction is now limited to the use of the phone. Many accidents both at home and on the road are recently caused by the many phone users have effectively forgotten the existence of another world than their phones. .What of the relationship between mobile phone technology and cybercrime? Scamming individuals in and outside the country has never been easier, thanks to the global connectivity. Worse still, cyber-attacks targeting other country’s infrastructure, stealing of the State’s secrets, using viruses and other malicious software are some of the nightmares associated with global connectivity.
Pornography – especially those targeting kids – is another headache. Kids are easily unfortunate victims of global connectivity. With many porno sites out there, many teenagers are ruined into sexual activities at a ripe age.
Definitely, no one can deny the positive impacts of mobile phones and global connectivity; equally, to turn a blind eye on their negative effects is in fact, suicidal. It is high time we found a balance between the advantages and disadvantages of global connectivity and set a clear border how far we can go in order to secure a healthy and productive future.