Implications of the Growth of Mobile Technology – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Communication between humans has evolved over the past 5,000 years – from the use of smoke signals and drums in ancient times to the use of cell phones in present times – has not only changed the speed of communication, it has had a major impact on social conditions , economic and political aspects of the human race.

The unprecedented change in the way we communicate over the past 100 years has been far more than it has been in the past 5,000 years. And, thanks to mobile technology, the past 20 years have been even faster and more life-changing than the past 100.


Mobile technology has had a huge positive impact on our daily lives. Using voice calls, text messages and messaging apps on the go brought us closer to our friends and family. Smartphones have proven to be great tools for media consumption and entertainment.

To be bored? Play a game or watch TV or a movie on your smartphone. Do you want to learn something? Download an educational app or search for a relevant video on any video hosting service. Do you miss your friends or family? Call them on video to see and talk. Looking for a new job? Search and apply using your phone. All of this has brought us closer to our loved ones and enriched our lives with content and services that were previously difficult to obtain.

The broader benefits other than personal communication and content consumption run even deeper. the use of telemedicine, for example, helps people in remote parts of the world have access to doctors and medical experts using their modest cell phones. People who did not have access to banking services can now use these services using their mobile phones.

Farmers, who were often duped by middlemen because real prices for their produce were never available to them, are now beginning to adopt mobile technology with the help of government departments to sell their produce at real market prices. Governments around the world are using mobile technology to listen to the public’s point of view and eradicate corruption at various levels of government.

We are witnessing a historic radical change in the way the world works – how countries, societies and individuals interact and consume content and services in the social, economic and political framework.

The bad

The flip side of this mobile revolution is worrying: the more we “get closer” to our loved ones while always being away from a message, the more we move away from them on a more human level. We now prefer to chat in groups on a messaging service rather than going out with friends and having a good time. We seem to give more importance to the message we just received on our phone than to pay attention to the person sitting in front of the table.

We are stuck to the grid.

Children born with smartphones and tablets around them find it difficult to move away from these gadgets as they grow older – their attention span and concentration are negatively affected due to constant use of phones. portable. They barely notice what is going on around them and prefer to live in their own cyber world. As this generation grows into adulthood, their interactions, behavior and social attitude are bound to be different and perceived as strange by the older generation.

Parents need to be made aware of how to manage and limit screen time for their children and how to keep them more “social”.

The ugly one

Perhaps the least studied impact of mobile technology is its impact on the environment and human health. The biggest problem is the lack of infrastructure and procedures for recycling electronic waste, especially in emerging countries. The decline in bird populations in various parts of the globe has been attributed to cell towers and radiation. Some studies have vaguely found the impact of cell phone radiation on the human brain.

In summary, mobile phones and mobile technology contribute enormously to the development of the inhabitants of planet Earth and, like any other technology adopted exponentially, their benefits must be extracted, but at the same time the negative impact must be consciously made. attenuated.

About the Author

[The author of this post is Puneet Narang – is a former Vice President (Mobile Distribution Division) at Brightstar Corporation.]

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