Mobile communication, good or bad?

If you have taken the train or the bus, you would have realized an interesting scene. If you look around you, you would see people bowing their heads looking as though they are fervent in prayers. Some of them have the arms positioned at a particular angle as though paralyzed, staring at a handheld device in front of them.

Students everywhere are entering into a new age of communication. Where in the past, face to face communication or even picking up a phone to call someone, now we have come to an age where people are satisfied with messaging each other, commenting on facebook and doing status updates. Whatsapp has revolutionized instant messaging when you can see if people are typing ‘real time’ and it has become preferable to whatsapp than sms or call someone.

Is this good or bad? When your handphone has become not just a medium of communication, it has become communication in itself, people feel a sense of loss when they leave home without their phones and are distraught when they don’t have access to communication on a regular basis.

Has this affected human relationships? There are articles written about how social media has transformed the way we are communicating and affected the quality of relationships. We see this at home, where your kids are more comfortable using facebook in his room than coming out to have a chat with you. We see this in communication between parents and child when a one liner…’I can’t join you for dinner’  sums up the absence of his presence at the dinner table and further questioning leads to a lack of response from his messaging or a refusal to pick up you calls.

Schools are banning and minimizing accessibility to mobile devices, regulating the frequency that kids use such tools, with the hope that students can focus better in school. People we have spoken to shared their concerns about how mobile communication has minimized and even diminished the quality of communication.

The advent of technology is good and contributes to new education methodology that involves the use of devices such as ipad and mobile devices to allow students to communicate with their teachers after lessons.

Yet despite the ease of accessibility that mobile communication has injected into our daily lives, nothing beats face to face communication and a lesson done live in front of a class.


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