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The Importance of Having a Mobile Phone to Communicate

The Importance of Having a Mobile Phone to Communicate

Mobile phones have taken over the world of telecommunications for some time now. Their predecessors, the home landlines, have become all but obsolete. While some hail this occurrence as “much needed” and “great news”, others aren’t so sure. In this article, we explore if it’s important and essential to have mobile phones for communication or should we all head back towards home landlines?

 

Pros of mobile phones

·      You can speak to people even when they/you are travelling and out of the home.

·      You can get internet access and can use the World Wide Web from anywhere.

·      You can call internationally for free thanks to apps like WhatsApp.

·      You can avail of GPS navigation on the mobile and get a handy map.

·      Your mobile phone can also function as a video camera, alarm clock, calculator, library, planner, storage unit and more, simultaneously.

·      You can invest, spend and send money on your mobile phone through banking apps.

 

Cons of mobile phones

·      Mobiles always pose a risk of radiation when charging.

·      Mobiles have increased the risk of social media dependence and less socialization amongst teens.

·      Not everyone may see the text messages you sent on the mobile and people can miss important information.

·      Cost of using the internet on mobile can be incredibly high in some places.

·      Mobiles don’t have much longevity as home landlines do.

·      Mobiles need to be charged regularly, or they cease to work.

 

Where home landlines may be better than mobile phones?

On one hand, mobiles do seem to be better suited for communication in the modern world. Yet, there are some scenarios when a home landline may be better. For one, landlines allow law enforcement or healthcare personnel to pinpoint your residence almost instantaneously because landline connectivity supports such identification. With mobiles, your calls need to be directed towards your closest tower, and then it will be used by GPS technology to determine your location – which can take some time. During emergencies, landlines are better.

Secondly, landlines ring very loudly and if you’re in the vicinity of the device, you’re likely to hear it and answer it. So, the likelihood of missing messages or calls (especially if the mobile is on silent), is very limited.

Additionally, landlines can be used anytime 24/7, 365 days, without any charging required. On the other hand, if you forget to charge your phone, you might be completely cut off from making calls to your loved ones.

Finally, because landlines don’t have a memory space to store phone numbers, people are expected to remember the numbers themselves most of the time. This can be very good for your memory and reduce your risk of memory loss conditions in the future.

In these ways, it does feel sometimes that critical communication did occur easier in the olden days compared to now.