The ubiquitous cell phone is a marvelous invention of science, as it has made communication possible to each and every nook and corner of the world
by pressing a few keys. It has cleared all the hazards and enabled communication like never before. Initially a luxurious item available only to rich and big tycoons, now a non entity available to each and every member of family ranging from rich to poor, it has become a need now. Rather it has become an indispensable gadget, due to its sleek design, portability, affordability and various other state-of-the-art features. In harsh times, it acts as a guide, connects you to near and dear ones and sometimes relishes you in short, it makes life easier. But its wrong use has rendered it nothing more than a harmful tool in one's pocket.
Recently, when I was offering prayers my cell phone rang continuously, breaking the silence of spiritual environment of the worshiping place. I picked the phone only to find a call from the service providers- who often call during praying hours, just to choose the hello tune for my cell phone. Due to this interruption in prayers I not only got embarrassed but was cursed by each and every person surrounding me in the worshiping place. This is not the lone case. Ring tunes are also loaded in the form of songs adding to its misery. Ring tunes are selected so as to be listened by others but are unaware of the sound pollution created by them. My brother parroting his lessons was repeatedly begging for a single game to be played on the cell phone. Not only his case, even mature people also waste their time by playing mobile games. And with a host of new features like camera, voice recorders, bluetooth, MP3, browsing etc, people mostly youth have become susceptible to indulge into undesirable activities like uploading objectionable films, songs, MMS and forwarding this poison to others and sometimes to opposite sex also. Last year Delhi
police opened a separate cell to check out this menace of forwarding MMS's and other objectionable matter and to a great extent achieved good results. Day in and day out reports suggest that prolong use of mobile phones may result in cancer and other health hazards due to electromagnetic radiations coming out of it. Road accidents now occur mostly while speaking over cell phones while driving.
Now the technology
is becoming cheaper, affordable and accessible and its usage by a vast majority of people including children is bound to increase day by day, thereby adding to the miseries of a society. Though the benefits are much more than its disadvantages, it has made our lives miserable, hectic and sometimes frenzied. For that matter, there needs to be some rules and regulations so as to check its misuse. Elders in a family, service providers and law abiding forces can tackle this situation to a great extent if only they wish.