The mobile phone is a paradoxical device indeed. Seen as an anti-social device, its primary function is social. Go to the movies, parks, hotels or even in hospitals, there is no escape from the continuous beeps of the mobile phones, or from the meaningless tete-a-tete of their owners. According to a survey,mobiles are one instrument that 30% adults love to hate but cannot do without. So what makes the mobile so fascinating and so addictive?
The total number of mobile phone connections globally has gone past 2 billion, according to Wireless Intelligence. It took 20 years to reach the first billion but a mere three years to add the second billion. We are moving towards a generation where mobile devices are as commonplace as watches and are are considered by many as a prerequisite of modern day living. Be it a wealthy tycoon who uses the phone as an essential link for running his business or a teenager for his amusement, it is a must-have for everyone. Many mobile phone owners feel that the main advantage of owning it is the ability to contact family or friends when emergency arises. Added to it is the fact that that reduction in costs associated with owning and using mobile phones, means that more and more people are now able to afford them easily.