Thursday, 27 February 2014


 It can be kept in the pocket, handbag, purse and the weirdest place you can ever imagine. It is indispensable in all facets of our human life.  With it, life becomes easier and without it, the frustrations in life cannot be compared to the days of old. Having it comes with extra cost and without it is the worst and unfathomable cost ever. It is the indispensable mobile phone.

A few years ago, one has to walk for several miles away from home before having access to public phone booth. The disappointment and frustrations associated with the breakdown of public phone booths and at times joining long queues were not only disheartening but also impeded progress in life. The use of mobile phones has become one of the integral things in the 21st century that cannot be done without. Not only have communication, life and business become easier through the smart phones being introduced to the world market but also serves as a form of entertainment and multifunctional facility to its users.

Formerly, owning a mobile phone alone showed one’s economic status and power but that has become a thing of the past. Mobile phones now flood our systems ranging from different variety and prices to meet each economic class. It is undoubtedly amazing to know that some people cannot live without their mobile phones for just a day to a week.

In Saudi Arabia, almost everyone has a cell phone starting from nine year olds. Some people even have two; one for work and the other for social purposes. Despite the manner in which some people revere and treat their mobile phones with all diligence, many mobile phone users are still ignorant about some technical issues about the use of mobile phones that pose a threat to their life and health. The undisputable fact is that children, men and women are all at serious risks for using mobile phones. Doctors and many researchers revealed that excessive use of mobile phones may cause serious health problems for anybody.

Children and many of the youth fancy the use of mobile phones a lot. Ironically, the use of mobile phones may lead to a number of symptoms such as headache, impaired concentration, memory loss, and also fatigue. It may appear shocking, but research shows that an entire generation of teenagers may have brain cancer due to excessive use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies which emit radio waves while in use. This is because teenagers and most of the youth are more inclined to new technologies inbuilt in smart phones and wireless devices. In 2007, scientists in Sweden and researchers in seven other countries shockingly revealed that if you use a mobile phone for more than ten years, you will get brain cancer. In their findings, they realized that all mobile phone users had an increased risk of a tumour on the side of the head. Long time users were twice as likely to get so many complications.

For men, the situation could be breathtaking. US researchers in Cleveland and New Orleans found that men who used mobiles for more than four hours a day had a 25 per cent lower sperm count than men who never used a mobile phone. Those with the highest usage also had poorer sperm quality. The swimming ability of sperm – a crucial factor in conception – was down by a third.

Further studies revealed that excessive use of mobile phones could also lead to Alzheimer's disease. This severe disease leads to a decline in cognitive functions such as remembering, reasoning, and planning. Women are no exceptions to the preys of this silent killer-mobile phone. In May 2011, the World Health Organization announced that cell phone radiation could possibly cause cancer, not to only children but to all age groups.

It is time to take safety precautions to reduce the risk of slowly killing yourself through mobile phones. Avoid talking on phones while it is still on charge. In case of long hours of talk on phone, put the phone on loud speaker. The rate at which children use mobile phone should be regulated. Any time you talk on phone, remember that you may be killing yourself or increasing your chances of damaged cells and brain tumour.