I was awaiting
the red to turn green at the signal point on Tunis street leading to the 4th Ring Road. Just as it turned green, my cell started to buzz. I grabbed
it to check who it was. The next moment I was stunned to see the Mitsubishi Galant I was driving ram into a Chevrolet in front
of me. A Kuwaiti lady hopped out of the Chevy shouting in Arabic. I got out of the car - shaken ! Luckily, there was little
damage but not enough to save me a trip to the police station...
often called cell, mobile or PCS phones may seem like the "must-have" accessory of the moment but they seem to be more of
a nuisance for peaceful minds. There is much controversy about them being injurious to health, proven by scientists to be
the cause of the dreaded Alzhemiers disease, but their convenience overrides all fears of any health risks. The freedom and
mobility they offer within and without one's home are well worth any physical side effects. Wireless phones are already pretty
cool - but you haven't seen anything yet.
Today's phones are great
for chatting of course and instant messaging and e-mail. Some phones serve as portable television and MP3 players and as digital
cameras too. But things will get better with what the wireless industry calls 3-G phones... That's short for Third Generation.
Third Generation phones will bring high-speed Internet connections to your wireless phone...
than ever before, the cell phones are the new sign of prosperity, a bit of snobbism. In Goa, I have seen even a toddy tapper on duty
proudly brandishing a cell phone strapped to his waist alongside the traditional 'kati'... Cell phones are becoming so popular
among teens here in Kuwait that school administrators are now starting to monitor use more
closely. Even though most kids have cell phones for the sole purpose of checking in with their parents, there has been a shift
in the true need for the phones.
focus is rapidly changing from personal safety to simply personal use. Restaurants are filled with people sitting across from
one another, each speaking to a third party on their cells...
strangers in this predicament is fine, but the other day I saw it happen in my own proximity. I was looking forward to hear
some news from Goa when two of my friends agreed to meet me after coming back from vacation. Rather than catch up with their lives, I
found them both on the phone, constantly making or receiving calls and sms. The situation was hilarious!..
me aware of another health hazard of this new addiction: never being where one is, never being with whom one is, and missing
the present moment - the here and now !.. Such a scene makes me aware of how we are all becoming prisoners of our conveniences:
imprisoned in our cells...cell phones, that is.
Modern technology is showering
us with innocent distractions but unless we utilize them, we will be used by them and lose the most precious contact - with
our own innermost being...
Cable TV, endless net surfing, untold gadgets,
computers and so on keep us engaged, occupied and distracted that we are almost comatose. Their benefits are endless but the
contact that happens either by looking into the eyes of our beloved, a friend, family members - or closing your eyes and looking
within - needs to remain in balance; otherwise sooner or later we will be out of touch, unable to utter a coherent sentence
without stuttering or becoming shy, incapable of speaking...
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