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Should Mobile Phones be Prohibited in Public Areas?

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Mobile phones are very useful in our daily activities. However, we should use them appropriately and avoid disturbing others' peace and quiet.

Today mobile phones are part of our daily life. For this reason, the majority of people have different views and feelings about the use of mobile phones in public places like restaurants, movie theaters, etc. In spite of this, they were almost unknown twenty years ago. In fact, today various iphone and android applications for mobile phones are helping a lot in people’s activities and even in their life. In this vein, the world would now feel a strange place without them.

One of the strongest argument in favor of banning mobile phones is the annoyance they cause people around us at work, in home, at church, at school, in bars, etc. While people are always asked to turn off their phones when they go to cinema, you can be sure that the movie you are watching will be interrupted by the sound of at least five ringing tones from the neighbor’s phone. For that reason, many people insist on continuing their conversation on their mobile phones even though the crowds around them can hear them. More to the point, many people would welcome a ban on mobile phones in places where they irritate other people.

On the other hand, there are a number arguments against such an interdict. It is not really that easy to stop people bringing their phones into public places, and however, it would sound or even be very virtually impossible to put into effect any injunction. This, simply because some people would consider this as an infringement of their fundamental rights, while others would say they need them in case of an emergency, for instance. And despite being asked to turn off their mobile phones, some people insist on leaving them on, or simply forget to silence them. Perhaps the most important point is that, in spite of all the disadvantages, many individuals these days simply feel that they cannot live without their mobile phones considering the advantages they get from them.

Considering all the above, it seems to me that a ban on mobile phones in public areas would be meaningless. People will always find a way round any ban on their phones. Nevertheless, they should at least be discouraged from using them in places like restaurants, unless it is absolutely necessary. People should learn that it is very bad manners to use them at a certain time. Such awareness would be necessary for everyone to know. However, there will always be someone who thinks their call is more important than the neighbor’s peace and quiet.



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8 comments on Should Mobile Phones be Prohibited in Public Areas?

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By Paul Wylie on August 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

Interesting story. I recently drove past a man who was using his knees to steer his car. In one hand he held a phone, while his other hand held a cup of coffee. His teenaged passenger was reaching across him to hold the wheel, and I thought to myself " What's wrong with this picture?"

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on August 24, 2010 at 02:05 am

Paul, situations like the one you depicts here are very dangerous particularly for drivers. Many accidents are caused by those drivers who respond to phones while driving. Doing many things at the same time is often times risky and not succesful.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on August 24, 2010 at 02:10 am

Sure, Cher. Banning mobile phones is not good at all considering the big services they render to us but we'd learn how to use them without disturbing others. What is true is that all people can't abide to this.

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By taking off the mask on August 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

i agree 100% it would be meaningless and honestly would never work. Our society is dependant on cell phones and we do need them. Even when I was in highschool we were forbidden to have our phones and had to hand them in in the mornings...but we always found away around it. we'd either lie and hide the phone, hand in an old phone, or steal the phone back when the secritary was away from her desk. NO rule will keep everyone obeying it. it just doesnt work like that. but we should be respectful and remember their is a vibrate and silent mode that would be much appreciated by those around us

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on August 25, 2010 at 06:08 am

taking off the mask, for sure it cannot achieve. As you put it may be vibration mode can help disturbing people around us. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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By -YumnaU. on January 09, 2011 at 10:36 am

Excess of anything is always a displeasure. But whatever we do, we should think of the ones we are surrounded with! I always put my phone on silent or vibration mode before entering a class or any formal place. It's just not polite to disturb others with your phone. Whereas talking about a ban, no use. As TOTM says, I as well along with my friends find one way or the other to include our phones with us in our schools. This is where we should bring 'compromise'

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on January 10, 2011 at 01:22 am

jv1783, this question because some people believe mobile phones are a nuisance particularly in public places. For these people, mobile phones should not be used in public places.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on January 10, 2011 at 01:24 am

-YumnaU, sure any excess is not good, may it be in a positive or in a negative way. We have to dose the quantity of what we need, not more, not less. Thank you.

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