Mobile phone mania

Group Of Children Sitting In Mall Using Mobile Phones

Neeraj Dubey

In this era of developing global world, the entry of mobile phones has changed the entire communication system in our society and the gadget is being used by all sections of the society irrespective of age. Mobile phones have become a primary need in each and everyone’s life. Globalization has many aspects and mobile phone is a good technology which has become part and parcel of lives and without which we become helpless and at times not able to live comfortably as it connects us to the rest of the world. The whole world is accepting and adopting the ways towards the advancement of technology. Today, mobile phones have become popular to everybody since it is very convenient. The most advantage of having a mobile phone is you can communicate to your family and your friends no matter what where you are. For instance, you can contact easily to your friends by calling or sending messages everywhere without electricity. It is maybe the main reason why almost all people today choose to own a mobile phone. Almost all the college students are in possession of the mobile phones. The impact and the influence of mobile phones on the youth and more especially on the college students have become a concern for the growth and development of youth in positive and constructive ways. The youth is playing a vital role in this rapid pace. Our youth are allured to divert their attention towards the internet and they are influenced and changed a lot by the usage of internet. A few of them have inclined for knowledge, information, awareness and exposure but the majority of them appear to have misused the internet or mobile phones. The adoption of the mobile phones by young people has been a global phenomenon in recent years. It is now an integral part of young peoples’ daily lives and on student community it is more than a mobile phone alone and is for the majority, the most popular form of electronic communication. In fact, the mobile phone has turned from a technological tool to a social tool. Young people are not realizing the effect and impact it has on the future of the individuals as well as the society. The whole youth population or student community is passing through the chaos, disturbance and mental incapacitation. We are not realizing that what is worth of our youth?  We need to realize that the creativity and potentials of our youth have to be properly guided and directed. Mobile phone usage has been enhanced a lot in the present scenario. It is not mere a communication device now, but has been evolved in a multi-functional gadget, through which one can perform a lot of operations, from listening the music to capturing the images. Entertainment features are also getting advanced. In the recent past, entertainment through mobile phones was limited to FM radio only, but today sophisticated media players on which one can listen his or her favorite tracks or can enjoy the visuals or movies. Similarly internet could be connected via GPRS in the past, but now you can do the same through Wi-Fi at the Wi-Fi hotspots, which is a much easier and cheaper option. Using a lot mobile phone can harm your brain, particularly teenager and children who are under 16 years old according to some researches. If you use mobile phones too much, you will get bad effects like dizzy, blood-brain barrier, or ears problems. In addition, when you use mobile phones while you are driving, you will get an accident. It is essential not good for you and others. Moreover, “radiations emitted from the phone are dead harmful for the eardrum”, has proved by many scientist. In spite of all the harmful effects the society has not come out with proper education of mobile phones and also its harmful effects on student communities.  The college students seem to be not mature enough to hand their use of mobile phones constructively and properly. It has become a menace to young generations. Many students are getting addicted to the use of mobile phones despite its harmful effects. It has been felt and understood by the authority and management of any educational institution, the use of mobile phones in classes have been considered as a vital threat to the system of education. The teaching community has found it challenging and threatening to their teaching in class room because of mobile phone use by students in the class room during the class hours. Mobile phones have become indispensable in today’s busy world but I see no valid reason behind school children carrying mobile phones. What probably started as a way for parents to ensure their kids’ safety has become a total nuisance? It has now become a fad, a status symbol with the children. It is an indisputable fact that school children do not need mobile phones inside the safe parameters of the school campus. These gadgets have become a bane and nuisance for educational institutions. THE Rajya Sabha’s committee on petitions is concerned over the endless and often loud conversations on mobile phones in schools, places of worship and even burial grounds. It is likely to advise institutions to put advisory measures in place to prevent the indiscriminate use of mobile phones. Young people use the mobile phone in positive ways to organize and maintain their social networks. Use of mobile every time is kept far from your friends, family and other relatives. This is the big disadvantage that you don’t know about your family and friends. It has born the hate in the heart of your relatives. They depicted the rise of internet and mobile phones as one of the major trends that pulls people away from traditional social settings, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, and public spaces that have been associated with large and diverse core networks. Creativity and innovation is blocked by the consistent telephonic conversations spread over the whole of night. They are losing their interest towards the interactions and sociality. Such kind of behavior is leading towards the social fragmentation and terrible decline of moral values in which respect is core one. I feel at times that we ourselves are paving the way for our youth towards the devastation and shoving them into fire. It is the duty and responsibility of every right minded citizen especially the teaching faculty of engineering colleges to educate and inculcate our youth, especially college students towards the proper use of mobile phones by way of organizing seminars and awareness programmes and also the need to capacitate them for a bright and prosperous future.  Some regulations should be put in place. Un-harnessed use of technological advancements can at times do more harm than good. The future of our nation is in the hands of the young generation that needs proper discipline, guidelines, rules and regulations. Let us all lead them in a proper and healthy way forward. The author’s quoted “Healthier will be the young generation, healthier will the nation.”
(The author is  Asstt. Prof. & Warden ( GCET) – Jammu)