The Benefits of Mobile Phones
By Ronaldo Sousa
The cell phone permits you to be connected wherever you are at any time. Even if you are unable to attend a call in a meeting for example, you can use the smart SMS or to be helped if you are in troubles like a traffic jam. Remembering that you never get lost using the GPS system present on cell phones and you can also transfer data such as; mails, pictures, music and videos through Bluetooth. Fortunately, all of these advances are used to improve our lives in the areas of health, politics, business and school.
As we know, teenagers are all the time bonded to their cell phones, as a result in the school’s environment cell phones would be a distraction. However, if it were used properly it can be a very useful tool to help students to succeed in their courses. Thus, these devices should not be barred from schools. First, students who have cell phones might be in contact with their parents anytime. Even in those institutes which don’t allow electronics, students may receive text messages, and voice mail and then see it after class or in breaks. In special cases as Bowman says “In the event of an emergency, such as school closing early because of inclement weather, students can reach their parents quickly.” (n. d, p.3). “An app frequently seen on cell phones is the agenda. By using this, students are capable to remember the due dates of their assignments more simply. One more important item is the calculator since students are unlikely to forget their calculators in math and physics tests because it is on the cell phone’s data so it would be one less thing to transport.” Equally important is the internet provided by cell phones because “Having access on a cell phone means students can work on projects and get research done during study halls or group work sessions.” (Bowman, n. d, p.6)
In business mobile phones are a very useful tool as well. Communication is the main goal of cell phones and also the key of success in business. Therefore, by using the power of connection of cell phones, business people might be in contact with their partners all the time regardless if they are in the workplace or not. Mobile phones are excellent to keep them organized, on time and informed because they can research the market, helping them to find out the best prices and in some times eliminating the “middle-man” in transactions. Plus, the risk of losing some contracts is smaller for those who work with cells. As stated by Hanz “Important calls will not go unanswered simply due to the fact that a business owner or employee is out for lunch.” (n. d, p. 2). Additionally, the location of the employees doesn’t matter when working because they are never left isolated by using this, and might receive emails out of the office, for example. As we can realize in the statement from Hanz “This allows quick access to the internet for any fact checking, data analysis, or research that needs to be done on the fly.” (n. d, p.3)
Mobile communications can help to spread the huge knowledge and change the way health care is done across the planet. First, scientists developed some apps to help pregnant women and for people who have cardiac, diabetic and other health problems providing data and instructions such as: what to eat, what to know, what to do, and what to ask their doctors. Second, Health-care workers can access health records and dispatch mass announcements detailing satellite clinic schedules and service locations. We can find an example in this citation “Uganda, Nigeria, and India are using cell phone systems to transmit health information, and to send alerts to remote areas” (Parent, 2014, p. 21. For illustration, in the refugee, the doctors see the evidence of the diseases around them, but in the camps there is no infrastructure to observe and evaluate the problems. With cell phones, the doctors can see the vast data on it which tell them who is dying and from what, who is sick, where clusters of disease are occurring. Third, patients are informed by cell phones too, for instance “Patients can obtain information on a variety of AIDS-related issues including testing, prevention, and arranging counseling.” (Parent, 2014, p. 20). This information is extremely essential to improve the global health strategies in combating health problems.
In politics, this kind of technology is most effective at making volunteers to be more engaged, and not to convince those people who have not made a choice yet, through the use of text messages and mobile videos. Also, voters are less likely to ignore a text message than an email, for example, as we can realize in this statement “The committee saw cell phones as a new channel to reach supporters with timely, topical messages, particularly as a supplement to more traditional email campaigns” (Delany, 2007, p. 2). Indeed, it’s very easy to have access to a supporter’s cell phone because it usually stays in someone’s pocket so politicians might use text messages to invite their supporters for events, or even more effectively, mobile phones can be an important instrument to convince the voters on the day before of the polling, especially those young voters. The same author cited before states “When Election Day comes, voters have already decided who they plan to vote for. Mobile provides that final push for voters to drive their plans to action.” (Delany, 2007, p. 10)
Overall, the advanced technology and portable size of the cell phone, a device which allows you to be connected with the world wherever you are, having the advantages of calling, taking pictures, playing music, displaying calendars and innumerable other benefits, make this utensil very popular and also necessary for daily life. Cell phones have changed communication all over the world. They have improved lives, and also positively transformed some areas, as examples: school, business, politics and health care.
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