Advantages and Disadvantages of Cell / Mobile Phones Brief History: Joseph Henry Enenbach will be remembered as a pioneer in mobile telephone technology that led to the creation of the cellular telephone. He died on 26th February, 1994 at the age of 70. In Pakistan, even though cellular phones or commonly known as mobile phones have been around since the late 1980s, they became very popular in the late 1990s when they turned to be more affordable and cost-effective to the common people.
Now, the cellular telephone industry estimates over fifty-one million users across the country. Nowadays, cell phones have become very popular especially, among the people associated with any sort of business activities. Advantages: (1). Cell phone users can have access to other people anytime and anywhere around the globe. (2). Business orders can be placed through cell phone either by talking to a salesperson or by using ‘Short Messaging Service’ (SMS).
They can also be tracked by using ‘Global Positioning Radio System’ (GPRS) –a satellite service connected with the internet. (3). While away from home and faced with an emergency, cell phone user can easily seek rescue from the respective agency such as Police, Traffic Police, Fire Department, Ambulatory Service or the like. (4). By using cell phones, media reporters call their relay centres to give accurate information right from the reporting scene. (5).
A cell phone should be a must for any person who drives long distances from home especially, the one who drives on a highway at night. Disadvantages: (1. ) Roadside Traffic Accidents (RTA) Police departments across the country have reported rapid increase in traffic accidents because drivers use cell phones while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that using a cell phone while driving increases the risk of a motorist of an accident.
Therefore, emergency calls should be made carefully and off the road. (2. ) Cancer Risk Some cell phone users have claimed that they have developed brain tumor or leukemia. (3. ) Cell Towers These towers reaching heights of 250 feet are invading tops of the buildings and mountains across the country. They emit harmful radiation which causes depletion of environment around these towers. (4. ) Abuses
Teenagers are more prone to the abuses of the cell phone than any other users of cell phones because latest models offer a wide range of available options including MP4 player, camera, camcorder and internet access. Extensive use of cell phones by the young is badly affecting their education and overall morale because some young users send obnoxious pictures, videos and text messages to opposite sex causing mental distress to the receivers. Conclusion: Undoubtedly, cell phone is a very effective and efficient means of modern communication when used responsibly and wisely.