Anybody can use a mobile phone to answer the work and personal calls at any time or 7 days a week. Does this development have more positive or negative effects on both individuals and society?

The burgeoning mobile phone ownership facilitates interaction for work and personal purposes without constraints of time. This communication revolution exerts several benefits on both individuals and society, but I believe that these merits are overshadowed by its demerits.

On the one hand, the possibility to answer work or personal calls promptly at any time is of benefit. Firstly, this trend helps people stay in touch much easier no matter how far they are since geographical obstacles are totally eradicated. For instance, a student studying overseas can make calls with his relatives whenever he wants, so the feeling of loneliness and homesickness is somewhat relieved. Secondly, it also diminishes the demand for physical transport, which is economical to the society. Because we can contact our colleagues via phone, going to the workplace is no longer necessary. Therefore, the government pays less for road construction and energy production.

On the other hand, I am of the opinion that the detrimental effects of the availability of mobile phone all the time outweigh its positive ones. The first repercussion is to manipulate owners and deprive them of personal freedom and privacy. At night, their coworkers can undesirably call them for work-related discussion, so they are inevitably swept into the maelstrom of work. This development is also attributed to the loss of a sense of community. Rather than communicating face-to-face with friends at schools or people in the same offices, they glue their ears to phones and are isolated from the real life. For example, sitting together in a coffee shop, two friends may fail to talk with each other because they are all too occupied answering their own calls.

In conclusion, albeit advantageous to some extent, that people can make and receive calls every time makes them stressed and isolated. I strongly believe that those negative effects are acuter than the positive ones.

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IELTS Trainer at Etrain

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