Dr. Shiben Krishen Raina
Broadly speaking, each technology has its own merits and demerits and use of mobile phone is no exception. When you take its positive role into consideration, more especially its impact on students, the use of a mobile phone has far-reaching benefits and advantages. The fact of the matter is that mobile phones came into existence for emergency purposes. If students have a mobile phone, then it’s easy for them to contact anyone when the need arises. For instance, if a student has some problem in school, or in the street after school, he/she can contact their parents immediately. Likewise, a student with a phone can contact police at any harmful and challenging situation, or contact fire brigade if they find fire somewhere, or even they can call any useful department stores or buying-shops as per needs. So, the mobile phone is one of the best solutions for any emergency situations. That is one of the most constructive uses of mobile phone.
Now take the question of mobiles as knowledge benefactors. Our parents and grandparents had no mobiles. They studied and got knowledge only from their teachers, prescribed course books etc. Things have changed now. The Internet helps us much more than olden days. Previously, the library would help the students to gain some extra knowledge and now the whole library is in the students’ pocket in the form of a mobile phone which serves as a great knowledge treasure/reservoir. You can search anything by the stroke of your fingers and get the great explanations and answers with the help of this cute device ie mobile phone. Here also students are advised to surf more good stuff on their phones rather than waste their precious time on depraved and unreadable stuff. Needless to mention here, through mobile phones one can search lots of good stuff, but at the same time, he can search lots of bad stuff as well. Survey says that nowadays almost all the students are addicted to porn videos and some other porn activity websites. That’s bad. That is why we see lots of students addicted to consuming of cigarettes and drugs etc. and thus becoming a focus of bad habits and eventually a threat to society. What our these none-too-matured students see on these harmful sites, they try to imitate in their real life. This is one of the major flaws for the rise of this mobile technology. Parents need to constantly check and keep on close vigil on their children who use their mobiles either during night hours or when their parents are away to work. Passwording and asking the children to use and surf the mobile phone in their presence will solve the problem.
For elders, also the excessive use of mobile phone may not be fruitful and desirable in the sense that it, in the long run, it makes the user mobile-dependent. Survey says that modern mobile user is all the time terribly addicted to watching of Facebook, Emails, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter. What’s App and other social networking websites. This diminishes and slackens the ability of actual human communication and sociability resulting in a void in our modern-day society. Thus, the excessive use of mobile phones not only hamper the routine study of students and elders both but add to their distraction for other worthy social pursuits. Needless to mention here, it is also a major cause of eye disease spreading all over.
In short, excess of everything is bad. So, use of mobile phone, too, should be limited to the extent it suits our time, suffices our immediate needs and makes us intelligent and aware enough about the work we are interested in.