Impact of Cell Phones on Our Lives
Discovery of cell phones is one of the significant technological advancement in recent times. Their wide use has had a remarkable impact on physical, social, aesthetical, and economic and health aspects of life. Some of the impacts have contributed positively to the life of human kind, but still others have influenced negatively on his life. In both developed and developing countries, cell phones are the main communication tools in all the sectors of the economy. This ranges from the service sector, transport, and in industries.
The first substantial impact of using cell phones is the ease of communication among people. Unlike the landlines, mobile phones are portable, and one can use them in whichever location he or she is as long as there is network coverage. Most people prefer cell phones to landlines due to their convenience and their abilities to send a short message services (SMS). Cell phones enables business people do their work by maintaining correspondence with customers, suppliers, business partners and financial institutions. They have also enabled families retain kinship ties especially due to geographical differences.
The cell phones have made a significant impact on the social life of people. Apart from voice and text services, some cell phones have cameras, alarm clock, and radio and allow access to the internet. Youths take advantage of some of these features in a positive manner to organize and maintain social contacts with friends and relatives. They also heavily utilize social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype for entertainment. In the recent years, cell phones carry out mobile money transactions whereby the SIM card is the unique personal identifier. Banks have also made it easier for their customers to access their accounts, check balances, and receive bank statements from their phones.
However, cell phones have come with negative effects to people’s lives. One is that cell phones have influenced interpersonal relationships and social interactions negatively. Cell phones have increased tendencies of multitasking, a trend responsible for accidents in our roads. This has resulted in violation of social norms as well as being a risk to personal security. Cell phones have led to social evils such as ‘sexting’, harassment and bullying of teens, in addition to creating less unity with families and friends.
Despite the few setbacks observed, humankind has made tremendous strides since the introduction of cell phones. Good management, planning and training, will increase the positive impact of cell phones in our lives and tremendously ease the life of humankind.