Smartphones are included into our daily lives because of the multiple uses. We check our phones every day. It is something we cannot live without in this modern age. It makes tasks easier and we use it for everything. It can serve as a calendar, alarm, GPS tracker, and a boredom reliever. Smartphones have both, advantages and disadvantages. Does the good outweigh the bad?

Advantages

Privacy

With the invention of smartphones, you don’t have to worry about your messages and love letter being discovered by family members. Smartphones allow you to store and secure this information. Most smartphones are designed with a phone lock system. You can use you a pin, code or even your fingerprint to lock your phone. People are prevented from lurking through your private messages. You just have to make sure that they don’t know your password by using a unique code.

Keep in touch easily

Your friends and family are one message away. If you have an emergency then you can text someone and ask for help. You can travel the globe and still connect with your family using smartphones. You send them pictures and videos so that they can feel like a part of your life. The smartphones help to close the distance among people.

Easey access to your email, social media networks

Gone are the days when we needed a computer to reply to an email or log in to our social media accounts. Now, you can use your smartphone to do just that. This makes things a lot easier. With just a few taps, you can check your email and social media networks.

Finish many tasks easier

As there are apps for just about everything, you can finish your tasks a lot easier. You can do many things on the go. For example, you can order food while you are on the train coming home from work with just a few taps. If you like some product which you can buy in the store that is not nearby, you can order it online. You can use your phone to write down notes, work reports, create to-do lists or grocery shopping list, and so many other things.

GPS

Your smartphone can act as a GPS device. There are many great navigation apps that will help you find the location with ease. No matter if you are a driver or a pedestrian, you will get the directions, so you won’t have to go around asking people how to get somewhere. Many of the apps are also showing the places with the traffic jam, so this can help you avoid the jam and arrive faster.

Entertainment

As you have read the things we mentioned above, you have come to the conclusion that smartphones are super useful. But, not just that. Sometimes, we need to relax and have some simple fun. You can use your smartphone to watch funny videos, listen to the music or play your favorite games.

Find something to do

If you are in out with friends, or in some foreign city and you are not sure what to do next, a smartphone will help. You can connect to Wi-Fi or mobile internet, and find an interesting coffee shop, museum, city attraction, restaurant, etc. Moreover, you can check what the place is offering, the prices, the services, read the reviews etc.

Disadvantages

Privacy endangered

If your phone is stolen then information will no longer be private. It is very important that you locked your phone and deactivate it. You can report that your phone is lost to your service provider and it will be deactivated. We use our phone to do online transactions and sometimes this information is saved. If you are not careful someone may be able to access your personal information. It could be somebody close who have access to your phone. You need to be cautious.

Distraction

You can be easily distracted with a smartphone. You have to be careful because accidents can occur. If you are driving then put your phone away and concentrate. Whatever is on your smartphone can wait until you are home. Do not risk your life with these handheld devices. Social etiquette is another concern. There are many organizations that will request minimal use of cell phones. People tend to lose their concentration when they hear a phone ringing and someone steps out to take the call. If you are in an important meeting, remember to put your phone on silent. Also, it can be disrespectful when someone is talking to you and you are paying more attention to your phone.

Health issues

There are some discussions on whether cell phones can cause health issues. Most cell phones emit radiofrequency energy and these can be absorbed by tissues. In order to eradicate any possibilities then limit the use of mobile phones. Sleep deprivation is associated with heavy cell phones users. You need to rest your body so try not to stay up late at night on your phone. You are interfering with the rest your body needs. Smartphone overuse can even damage your eyes. Phones give off HEV light which can damage the retina.

Addiction

There are interesting games and social websites that can lead to addiction. Many people wake up in the morning and check their phones first. Are you one of them? Yes, that is how important our smartphone has become. It is the first thing we look at before we tell those around us a pleasant “Good morning.”

 

Wrapping up

Cell phones have unlimited benefits and some of us cannot function without it. Always bear in mind that there are negative effects associated with the extensive use of cell phones. To be on the safe side, use it in moderation at the appropriate time.

 

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