Immobilised without mobile?
In some Caribbean countries mobile phone ownership exceeds the number of people in the population.
The mobile - or cell - phone is also increasingly being used as a means of getting online.
But, is Caribbean society becoming 'too attached' to the mobile/cell phone and its associated technologies and applaicatiions - or 'apps'.
Does the mobile/cell phone, useful as it may be, risk becoming more of a hindrance than a help?
In a recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report, Americans picked cell phones as the technology they can least go without.
Studies also suggest that cell phones and other communication devices are interfering with personal relationships, classroom lectures, productivity at work, and traffic safety all over the world.
Teenagers are said to be especially vulnerable.
A study in China found that nearly one-third of high school students showed signs of addiction, including paranoia, when they were without their phones.
In Britain, researchers concluded that people are so dependent on their cell phones that they see them as "an essential item, an extension of self."
HAVE YOUR SAY
How much of a help or hindrance has the mobile/cell phone become to Caribbean society?
Is it now more a lifeline than fashion accessory?
Are you immobilised without your mobile?
Has it become a traffic hazard?
How has your mobile/cell phone changed your life?
Join our Caribbean conversation
Mobile phones are a revelation, but can pose a danger and distract people when driving. It is also more economical when compared
to the high rental fee for a house phone. It is a life changing invention which can control people, but yet essential.
The cell phone is a great innovation. However, it must be utilised in a sensible way. In addition, certain workplaces have
actually banned the use of cell phones at work which I think is necessary since it can seriously curtail productivity. Also,
I think many people are making the cell phone a priority over more important activities.
It is a great tool to have but most people allow it to run their lives and as such it becomes a hindrance and a danger at
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