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Essay sample #76

Mobile phones

What are the advantages and disadvantages of mobile phone?


 

The invention of the mobile phone has undoubtedly revolutionized the way people communicate and influenced every aspect of our lives. The issue is whether this technological innovation has done more harm than good.

In order to address the question, we must first turn to the type of consumer. Presumably most parents buy mobile phones for their teenagers to track their whereabouts and ensure their safety. We can also assume that most teenagers want mobile phones to avoid missing out on social contract. In this context, the advantages are clear. However, we cannot deny the fact that text messages have been used by bullies to intimidate fellow students. There is also indisputable evidence that texting has affected literacy skills.

The ubiquitous use of the mobile phone has, beyond question, affected adult consumers too. What employee, on the way home from work, would be unenthusiastic to answer a call from their boss? Apparently only 18% of us, according to a recent survey, are willing to switch off their phones once we’ve left the office.

Admittedly, mobile phones can be intrusive but there are obvious benefits to possessing one. Personally speaking, they are invaluable when it comes to making social or business arrangements at short notice. According to a recent survey, they also provide their owners with a sense of security in emergency situations.

In conclusion, mobile phones do have their drawbacks, but there are outweighed by the benefits. I would argue that it is not the tool that chooses its purpose, but the user.

December 11, 2016