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An indispensable part of our lives

A TREND with most teenagers these days is “another birthday, another mobile phone” – and I’m no different!

EM Alice Egerton
Alice Egerton

Some people look at you as if you are living in the dark ages if you don’t have the latest, most up-to-date, high-tech model.

Mobile phones are so useful. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without mine. Within seconds, you can pass on vital information, call emergency services, share news, share business and let people know where you are miles and miles away, either by calling or text message.

This is made possible by what an industry expert describes as a technological marvel, the mobile phone.

It is estimated that about 30 billion messages are exchanged worldwide each year, and in one country a telephone company made 7.5 billion mobile phone calls in a recent year.

Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of our daily lives and there must be a reason for this. Firstly, they are portable! Therefore, it is convenient for us to carry mobile phones and keep in contact with others at any time.

We use them very often. For example, when we are outdoors, where there are no landlines, we can use our handy mobile phone.

Secondly, mobile phones enable us to call for help during times of emergency. For instance, if you are involved in an accident or if you witness a crime taking place, you can call the police immediately using your mobile phone.

There have been some cases in which the police made use of the victims’ mobile phone networks to locate kidnappers.

Parents complain about teenagers using their mobiles far too much, and rightly so, they have to pay for them!

Using them 24/7 isn’t a good idea, but they can be essential at times.

If I’m out with my friends and I’m going to be 15 minutes late then I can text my parents and tell them where I am and how long I will be.

Alongside feeling safer with a mobile phone, I feel more responsible and comfortable.

As far as texting, some parents believe that it affects children’s spelling because text messages use abbreviations such as “Gr8” and “cu L8er”, which could undermine their reading and writing and teachers are beginning to see these sorts of phrases in children’s work at school. But giving a mobile phone to a child may also improve their writing because when they are texting they are practising spelling skills.

If we were to take mobile phones off everyone in the world, would there suddenly be a mass panic!

Would communications with one another break down and create a fear that we couldn’t keep in touch as easily?

Or would life for us teenagers be much more private and peaceful?

Have your say

I agree with Tracy...I can almost hear the comments that will follow this article...can't wait to read them -Well done Alice again!

Posted by Karen Turner on 27 May 2011 at 08:32

about four months ago I read that one of the biggest film directors in the world Christopher Nolan doesn't have a mobile phone or even email, when I read that I realised I don't need one either and got rid of it. Don't miss it either.

Posted by Alan Shore on 26 May 2011 at 23:31

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