Cell phones are the handy devices of the present world for faster communication. One can talk and, share pictures and information immediately, thanks to the amazing technology and engineering advancements. They have become a symbol of fashion and status as well that people acquire the latest model by queuing up before the store selling it. There is no second opinion on the versatility of the cell phone. Nevertheless, there are certain shortcomings of the cell phone as detailed here below.
Prolonged leaning over the phone for texting and net-browsing, leads to the stress on the spine. The use of headphones and earphones attached to the cell phone is found to produce hearing loss. Peering into a phone day after day causes pain and discomfort to the eyes besides the squinting, headache, and wrinkles around the eyes. The radiation from a cell phone also causes health problems such as cancer, brain tumor, and neurodegenerative disorders. It can be harmful to the passive non-users much like the effects of cigars for the passive smokers.
Loss of productivity: Valuable opportunity, time, energy, and Manpower are lost when people get absorbed over their cell phones. It makes the students procrastinate from their studies and suffer from a poor score in the exam. It curtails the holistic growth of a person as the mental faculties are subject to more pressure and strains while depriving off the exercise of physique. In an office, work suffers from the backlog as the staff sink into their phones. A bus passenger busy on the cell phone failed to buy the ticket and suffered the penalty and humility.
Personal Safety: Selfies are the latest craze among many cell phone users. News reports abound about people losing their lives when taking such selfies. Many phone users had accidents while crossing the road and railway tracks. A college student had the habit of enjoying the music during his bike ride. One day, he lost his control over the machine and hit a truck that fractured his leg. A man lost his arm in a shearing machine as he forgot his job during an absorbing char with his friend.
Security: Any overindulgence makes an individual forget the environment he is in. A thief entered a house and got away with the valuable jewelry during the day time, as the house owner remained glued to the smart phone. A woman lost her handbag while she was busy in browsing the latest FB posts. During the online chatting, an army officer shared some sensitive information on the military bases and later faced the disciplinary actions of the head quarters. Antisocial elements use the cell phone to blackmail the citizens for undue advantages.
There are two sides to anything: the good and bad. Availing the advantages is a sign of wisdom. Use your cell phone smartly and do not allow it to take over you.
(Author is a Ex-Banker and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org)