The mobile industry, social responsibility and accountability

Radiation from mobile phones may or may not cause brain damage. Who knows, mobile phone may become like cigarette packs, come with a Government health warning, and quite possibly be banned from restaurants, offices etc.

Dream on. I think mobile phones actually pose a serious public health risk, not so much due to radiation, but due to the impact of the technology now within these devices on society.

First a phone is pretty valuable, particularly when it has a SIM so those of us lucky enough to have the latest Nokia , Motorola, Sony, Samsung or an Apple iPhone, have a good chance of being mugged if we dare to use it in a public place. It’s a nice phone and the mugger can use the SIM to call his mates anywhere on the planet.

Then there is gang culture. The newspapers are full of stories of “Happy Slapping” attacks on innocent people. Teenage gangs (and it’s usually teenagers who make the headlines) use the built-in video camera on the phone to film beatings and bullying. If the built-in camera didn’t exist, would gangs still prey on innocent people, just for kicks.

And my biggest bugbear is the undue stress commuters face every day because kids can listen to the tinny sound of their music collection via the built-in speakerphone.

Could the mobile phone industry be fuelling anti-social behaviour? Just think: someone out there must be thinking of a way to incorporate one of those zapper devices for personal protection into a mobile phone. Can you imagine the “fun” teenage gangs could have armed with a phone that doubles as a zapper/stun gun.

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