I would like to respond to M Thompson (Letters, October 31) who seems to be confused regarding my view on mobile phones.
He refers to a recent letter of mine and also one written many years ago which was published in The Star on May 22, 2000 under the heading ‘Mobiles are sad, get a life’. In this letter I asked “Does anyone find it as irritating as I do that wherever one goes in the street, in shops, restaurants and on public transport, we are forced to listen to people indulging in boring conversations and inane chatter on their wretched mobile phones?”
I have never had a problem with people using mobiles for essential and emergency calls (that is what I have mine for) but the majority of people’s conversations seem to consist of unnecessary drivel which unfortunately bombards the ears of the general public. I am still of the opinion that people have become far too reliant on mobiles and I am concerned about the possible danger of the long-term health effect, especially on the majority of children who have one, which may manifest itself in years to come. Recent research has established that, while being a wonderful invention, we are losing the art of conversation and damaging personal relationships due to our obsession with technology.
As I said in my letter of May 2000: “What a great shame it is that in an age of advanced communication systems we are becoming less able to converse with each other via face-to-face dialogue”. It seems too many people regard mobiles as a status symbol or fashion accessory, instead of asking themselves if they really do need to make so many calls.”
If people could see themselves walking around like zombies glued to their mobile then I think they would realise that this obsession has gone too far.
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