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Mobile Phones – A curse or a boon?

Since the beginning of time man has been inventing things; the bike, the car, the radio, the television, the telephone, the computer but the most recent invention to have taken the world by storm has to be the mobile phone. Originally a large, heavy, black box with an even larger protruding aerial, mobile phones were not widely used but today they are a must-have fashion accessory, and with coloured fascias, aerials, covers, logos and ring-tones available, its no surprise that children as young as eight are now asking Santa for an Ericsson PF768 or Motorola Wing Timeport V.550.

With recent advances in technology WAP services have been provided on mobiles and in Japan they have fitted a video camera into the ever decreasing in size hand held phenomena. It

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However, owning a mobile may increase your chances of being mugged. Recent figures have shown that street crime is up by nearly 50% with most muggers stealing mobiles, and with the average pay as you go package costing £99, these second hand mobiles are quickly sold on to other youths for a much cheaper price.

New research indicates also that using a mobile phone while driving greatly increases the risk of having an accident whether the phone is hand held or hands-free. The study also confirms that the danger remains in the minutes after a phone call has finished. At least 12 road deaths have been linked to mobile phones in Great Britain but it is believed that mobile phones have been involved in thousands of other accidents.

But for anyone owning a mobile phone, these are worrying times. “Mobile phone killed my man,” screamed one headline last year.

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Some scientists say that with only one thousandth of the power of a microwave oven, a phone cant cook your brain, if your ear gets warm it’s simply the devices batteries and circuitry heating up. So should we forget about mobile phone radiation causing brain tumours and scrambling our minds? “If it doesn’t reliably cause cancer in animals at high doses, then it probably isn’t going to cause cancer in humans,” says John Moulder, a radiation oncologist. And with 46,000 new users every day last year, the cancer scares have not proven enough to stop people texting, voice mailing and one ringing. And while the scientists continue to argue whether mobiles help or hinder us, the advice given to users is: don’t panic… but watch this space.  

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