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Mobile, used to be a device which connected a person to the rest of the world, a device which enabled a person to communicate with his kith and kin without the constraint of the distance falling in between, is not the same device any more. Today, a mobile enables a person to talk with the other person face to face, the entire world is in his pocket if the person is using the internet, the games, the music, the photography and ‘the conventional talk’, you can do anything you want to do on your phone. I googled the number of mobile phones in use in India and I found the astonishing numbers on Wikipedia which says that India is at the second position in the world and is there comfortably as the margin between the US (at the 3rd position) and the India is near about 600 million. 76% of the Indians own Mobile phones. Who says that going by the definition of poverty (which says people living on less than 28 in urban areas and 23 in rural areas are poor) we have 30% people still poor in the country and the people who do not own a mobile, are just 24%. Interesting, isn’t it?
List of countries by number of mobile phones in use (Source: Wikipedia)
I use the social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and a whole lot of other websites as well. I remember an instance when I was returning from my college to my home with one of my friends in his car. I connected my phone with the speakers in the car and when I reached my destination, I forgot to take the phone back. I got out and swayed my hand saying goodbye. When he went some distance far away from me, I realized the mistake and the hand which I raised to say good bye, now, I was signaling him to stop with the same. But, he didn’t see it. I stood at the same place for nearly 5-7 minutes thinking what problems I am going to face that evening because it was just a matter of the evening as we were to meet in the college the next day and I would have got the phone back. What if someone calls me, what if some important massage or a call come, how will I check the results of my test, how will I check my facebook profile and …! I was still standing at that place where I got off the car and, suddenly, I saw the car of my friend coming near to me. And I can tell you, at that time all those unanswered questions which I had in my mind got answers and I heaved a deep breath. That day I realized what an integral part a phone has become of our life.
Where Mobile has enabled us to be in touch with our friends and relatives, Internet on mobile has given us the liberty to be in touch with the world. Mobile is the real ‘Pocket Rocket’ if ever there is one. If you want to read the news in the morning with the tea, you want to know about the weather, you got it on the Phone. You want to know what your friends are up to, want to share something with them; you got it on the phone (by using the social networking websites on the phone). Getting bored? Playing games on the phone, browsing the net or listening to the music on the phone can become a favorite pastime of yours.
I remember, my Physics teacher in my school days used to tell us his stories of his youth. In one such story he explained the first phone which he brought at the time when the device was new to the Indians. He used to stretch the fingers of his one hand straight and with his other hand on somewhere on the wrist of the hand with stretched fingers; he used to give us the idea of the size of the phone. We used to take interest in his explanations a lot. At that time, according to him, the call rates were sky high and even the local calls were priced 16/min. But today, the time has changed with the calls being priced on the basis of the seconds. The Social networking sites have provided the impetus to the popularity of the internet among the youngsters. The role of social networking sites can be understood with the help of some statistics.
Every 7th human is on facebook.
On an average, a person spending 7 minutes on the internet spends 3 minutes of that time on facebook.
At the end of it all, I must say, Mobile is a necessity and the Internet on Mobile is Fun!
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