The Mobile Evolution: Its Impact On Youngsters

Mobile phones are like celebrities who never lose their charm. The success of mobile phone was only just getting started when the first “handheld” portable cell phone was held by Motorola engineer Marty Cooper in 1973. From then on the reign of mobile phones began. From sleek flip phones to sturdy Nokia handsets, the glory of mobile phones has not just been popularized for their entertainment value but also for their economic value. People all over the world were sucked in and wanted a piece. Whether the reason was a status symbol or a basic necessity, the sale of cell phones never went down. Then, in 2007, iPhone was launched. Now, in 2018, the innovation is not intending to slow down.

People use phones for a majority of reasons. For interpersonal communication or for alone-time entertainment, the use of phones and their potential pros and cons have been widely discussed in the popular culture. According to this study, the average user (18+) spends around five hours every day on their mobile phones. Those hours roughly amount to about one-third of their waking hours. The fact that most of the behaviour calculated is more habitual and automatic rather than deliberate and necessary say a lot about how the culture of “phone- sickness” is embedded in our societies.

If previously the carrier of the phone was a working young adult, then today that trend seems to be dissolving slowly. Teenagers, even adolescents whip out their gadgets when they deem it necessary. The behaviour has caused an outrage from the parenting fronts at the horror of mentally deteriorating effects or lack thereof of mobile phones. Do these reservations hold any value? Let’s see if the average teenager is impacted by the phone apocalypse or the phone salvation.

Physical Activity

The major concern among the phone-hating wings is that children nowadays are less likely to display physical prowess as they used to in their teenage years. The rise of mobile phones saw a decrease in the outdoor games and increased investments in the video game industry. Where the older generation was more robust and outgoing, this generation is touted to be ridden with the obsession of the new game on the Play store and the new Facebook Candy Crush update.

Social Exclusion

If your mobile is keeping you company, then why bother going out right? This is another objection thrown in the way of mobile users. There are many times when teenagers or young adults outside of their homes prefer to keep their phones company, rather than their friends. The result?—a falling out with your friends and family. This is an objection that can’t be easily defended by mobile activists.

Cyber-Bullying

When you are part of every social media platform and you have shared your personal information with the world, then there will be bad eggs to bully you. There are many kids, unknown of the identity of their abusers, who fall prey to cyberbullying.

The bottom line is that excessive use of anything is not recommended. When it comes to mobile phones, then the cons outweigh the pros. In order to develop a healthy social circle, better health (excessive phone usage is also linked to poor posture, stress, anxiety and eyesight issues) and to stay safe from bullying, one should limit their mobile use as much as they can.

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