Uses And Abuses Of Mobile Phone

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For some people, cell phones are a wonderful convenience of modern life; for others, they are irritating contraptions that should be banned from public areas. A mobile phone or cell phone is an electronic telecommunication device with the same basic capability as a conventional fixed-line telephone, but which is also entirely portable and is not required to be connected with a wire to the telephone network. Most current mobile phones connect instead to the network using a wireless radio wave transmission technology. The mobile phone communicates via a cellular network of base stations, also known as cell sites, which are in turn linked to the conventional telephone networks. In addition to ...view middle of the document...

The mobile phone itself has also become a totemic and fashion object, with users decorating, customizing, and adding different accessories to their mobile phones to reflect their personality. This has emerged as a separate industry. People have made mobile phones into status symbols instead of necessity, especially young boys and girls. It is a matter of great prestige when they carry the latest model every fortnight to college. This has given rise to an increase in criminal and unethical activities so that they can get extra money to satisfy this growing need to snob.
Mobile phone etiquette has become an important issue with mobiles ringing at funerals, weddings, movies and plays. Users often speak at increased volume, with little regard for other people nearby. It has become common practice for places like bookshops, libraries, movie theatres, and places of worship to post signs prohibiting the use of mobile phones, sometimes even installing jamming equipments to prevent them. Many air companies, particularly those providing long distance services, offer a "quiet car" where phone use is prohibited, due to concerns of possible interference with aircraft radio communications. As with many new technologies, concerns have arisen about the effects on health from using a mobile telephone. There is a small amount of scientific evidence for an increase of certain types of rare tumours (cancer) in long-time, to persistent heavy users. More recently, a study provided significant evidence of genetic damage under certain conditions. Some researchers also report the mobile phone industry has interfered with further research on health risks.
Another controversial but more lethal concern is the correlation with road traffic accidents. Several studies have shown that motorists have a much higher risk of collisions and losing control of the vehicles while talking on the mobile telephone simultaneously while driving, even when using 'hands-free' systems. One can see every second person on the road with a crooked and half-tilted neck either driving a car or riding a motorcycle. Mobiles have been major distraction on roads and are proving to be as harmful as driving under the influence of alcohol. Accidents involving a driver being distracted by talking on a mobile phone have begun to be prosecuted as negligence similar to driving while intoxicated. In some countries, such as Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Austria and United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Prance, as well as several states in the United States, driving while using a mobile phone is illegal, though an exception is often made if the phone is equipped with a hands-free system. Yet, even with a hand-free system, it is alleged that the conversation on a mobile distracts more than a chat with a person sitting besides the driver.
Despite all the abuses of cell phones, one cannot deny the uses of mobiles. They are one's easily available help in case of an emergency. They...

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