When Mobile Mania Takes Over Your Life..


Are we so much in love with our mobile phones that it has become an addiction without a cure? So it seems. Whether it be at homes, office, on the roads or elsewhere, people are busy either talking, reading or texting on mobile phones.

Even having a one-to-one conversation has got difficult as texting while speaking has become common. Forget about its dangers. People cross roads, merrily taking on the phones and often have to be jerked into reality by honking.

Driving using mobile phones are banned. Yet this rule is always broken when there is no policeman in sight. It comes as no surprise that around 4.5 billion people are using mobile phones worldwide.

For the young, it has become a trusted companion, a thing to while away time, learn and play games.

They are so addicted to their mobiles that it feels like they have lost a limb when they are without them. It is an obsession which is overpowering.

“Youngsters are more addicted to mobiles than any other age group,” says Dr. Sunita Kunthe, a general physician. “Using mobile phones have become an OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) for some people.

“Excessive use of mobile has caused sleeping disorder, restlessness, depression, anxiety, eye strain, neck problems. The radiation from mobile phones can also cause brain damage,” she adds.

“People, mostly young, are isolating themselves from the world by being overusing their mobile phones,” says Shreya Ingalgi, an 18-year-old college student said.

“They are on the phones all time. They only half listen to people and are constantly engaged on their mobiles.

“The family is also ignored, particularly at meal times. “Mobile phones are also being constantly upgraded and keeping up with the latest mobiles has also become a trend,” she added

Ashish Patil, who has a teenage daughter, feels this mobile obsession is robbing children of many of the other pleasures in life like outdoor games. “They are constantly checking messages and get irritated if they have to leave their phone for a while,” he added.

“People have a habit of checking their phones almost every minute. They fail to realise that this is putting their mind and body under constant stress,” says Ruchika Shetty a 22-year-old student.

“This has also reduced face-to-face meetings, tackling personal issues, serious thinking, or undertaking meaningful activities” ruchika added

Yogesh Kadam a 50-year-old businessman, feels it is good to be a part of the growing technological world and all should enjoy it but in limits. “People are so habituated with their mobile they have lost connection with their family and social life. “They believe in the online life which can be harmful in the long run,” he added.

“Mobile phones are the best way of communication and it keeps us entertained, active in social media and keeps up-to-date with what’s happening in the world today, says Abhishek Kulkarni, a 26-year-old MBA student. “We can conduct our daily lives with it, pay bills, buy, sell or conduct business. “But we must exercise restraint too. It must not come in the way of our lives and in any way endanger it,” he added.