The Effects of Mobile Phones on Our Life

Updated February 06, 2018

Whether you love them or loathe them, there is little doubt that mobile phones, also referred to as cell phones, have had a big impact on our daily lives. Mobile phones are used virtually everywhere, including homes, shopping malls and even in cars. While some effects of the phones have been positive, there are also negative effects associated with their use.

Use in Emergencies

Cell phones can help save lives by facilitating the contact of emergency services. If you're involved in an auto accident or have car trouble in a remote area, you can use your phone to call for help. A person who lives alone and has a household accident can use his cell phone if he are unable to get to his home phone.

Keeping Tabs on Kids

Parents use cell phones to stay in touch with their children when they're away from home. This can help put a parents' mind at ease by requiring the child to check in at specified times, as it removes the child's excuse of not being able to find a telephone.

Conducting Business

For people who travel extensively for business, cell phones help them keep in touch with the office and clients. Rather than having to locate a payphone, salespeople can return their clients calls, which can be an excellent timesaver and help increase productivity.

Impact on Driving

Cell phones can be used almost anywhere, including the inside of an automobile. Cell phone use while driving has become a controversial topic as of 2010, and some municipalities have implemented laws that ban talking on cell phones or texting while driving for safety reasons. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted drivers, including those using cell phones, contribute to the cause of 25 per cent of all police-reported accidents.

Health Impact

According to, the electromagnetic waves generated by cell phones may have adverse long-term health consequences, although there is little definitive proof that this is the case. The belief is that over time, the radiation from the waves may disrupt brain function and contribute to diseases such as cancer.

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Chris Joseph writes for websites and online publications, covering business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from York College of Pennsylvania.