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Mobile phones: A great tool for change and self-destruction

The number of smartphones in Singapore is constantly growing, it has increased from 4.41 million in 2018 to 4,53 million in 2019 and is expected to hit 4.82 million in 2022. The increase in numbers would be due to the advancement in technology, where a smartphone could do the exact same thing as PC and also the ease of carrying it around. You can access the internet from anywhere in the world with just a small smartphone in your hand instead of a bulky laptop. A question comes to mind if the smartphone is a bane or a boon?

The greatest benefit of a smartphone would be its ability to get access to the internet anywhere and anytime. Individuals are able to retrieve information and communicate with anyone in the world at low cost. Discussions, the exchanging of ideas and even work can be done on the move.

Having access to the internet all the time can be a double-edged sword. Being able to retrieve information and communicate quickly, it results in an expectation that individuals are expected to be available and responding all the time. A common situation would be that an employee is expected to reply to a business-related message outside of working hours.

Apart from having access to the internet, the smartphone enables people to gain access to resources or services that most of us take for granted. In the country of Kenya, banks are not available everywhere throughout the country, resulting in most of its population to not have a bank account. With the development of an app called Mpesa, Kenyans are able to store their money in the accounts on their phone, providing the same functions as a bank.

The smartphone may not only affect us socially but also our health. In research from the journal of psychology and psychotherapy have discovered that excessive use of smartphones is associated with depression and anxiety disorders. With growing numbers of smartphones, this issue may become more prevalent.

With all the wonderful possibilities that the smartphone has created, it has also caused some negativity in the world. Weighing both sides, I find the smartphone to be more of a boon rather than a bane as the benefits and possibilities outweigh and could even solve the negative effects of it.

Written by: Azrin Hamdan