• March 24, 2018
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Have phones become a necessity in today’s world?

Readers write to Gulf News about issues affecting them and their community

Shreya Bhatia, Readers Interactivity Journalist
19:28 March 10, 2018

Need but not necessity

I think smartphones have become essential and this could be both a good or a bad thing. If we look at the positives, having a phone keeps us connected to our friends and family. For safety reasons, it is a boon as it helps us contact people in case we are stranded somewhere or need help. The disadvantage of having a mobile phone is the fact that so many people are so involved in the digital world, that they forget to live, contribute and participate in the present. I agree that smartphones have practically placed the world at our fingertips, but maintaining a balance is essential. I think phones are necessary but being on it all the time is not.

From Ms Alia M.


Near, far, wherever you are

Yes, they are essential. But earlier, people used to love meeting other people, and now, we love to chat with them through chat apps. There are no more meetings. The eras of the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s were the best, as we used to play outdoors. Globally, this technology has decreased physical distances between people, but the ones who are nearest to us, now seem far away.

From Ms Sadaf Adnan


Bridging the gap

I think phones have certainly become a necessity in today’s age. Communication holds significance in our lives as it is communication that is moving the world forward. Calling someone to discuss an issue, to have a casual chit-chat or to send a message is a necessity rather than a luxury. Since humans are social animals, we need to communicate with others at all times, either to share information, develop new contacts or to express our emotions and feelings. Distances have reduced because of phones, however, the advent of smartphones has brought the entire world to our fingertips, where we can access the internet and carry out almost all actions that were once possible only on desktops or laptops.

From Mr M. Omar Iftikhar

Karachi, Pakistan

World in our hand

Yes, phones have become a necessity in today’s age. Not just for calling people, the original purpose of their development, but for using tons of various features and services that it provides. From messengers to entertainment, it has all come down to our mobile phones.

From Mr Nishchay Oswal


Not a bad thing

Everyone only seems to focus on the negatives of our dependency on phones but there are two sides to every coin. In a world so connected, our phones offer us services that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. Feeling lost? Open up a map and find your way back. The boss just sent an urgent email that you need to read immediately? A few taps and you’ve got it. Remembering a long-lost friend and want to get in touch? Just find them on social media or ask some of your friends at the touch of a button. Phones have become a necessity in today’s day and age, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

From Ms Rohini Gopal


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