Winner – Kids category Aug-Sep 2019 Contest

 

We are attached to mobile phones all the time.Yes,we need our phones,but we do unnecessary things too much in our phones.For example, people would be playing games in their phone too much.It is bad for our health.1 out of 3 kids have obesity because of too much video games.We have to exercise and do healthy choices

What to do?We should limit using our phones.

Older phones were meant to call or text only.

When smartphones came people got attached to their phones.You should set a time limit. It will be better for your health.It would reduce chances of obesity.Mobile phone signals are also bad for our health.Its vibrations are bad for our body.

High usage of cell phones affects the health of human beings adversely. In 2016, it was reported that Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE was exploding when it was being charged because of which it caused severe injuries to the owners of the phone. While physical harm can be contained, I wondered, what about the harm that mobile phones cause to our mental health? Here are a few disadvantages of using mobile phones for long
hours.

Brain Cancer

Increases stress level

Weakens immune system

Chronic pain

Eye/ vision problems

Hinders sleep

Germs

Hampers your thinking process

Nomophobia

Hearing loss

Phantom pocket vibration syndrome

Impaired concentration/ attention span

Depression

And the list is still longer.

So, mobile phones are nuisance because it affects our health mentally,physically,and emotionally.

By:Kevin Thakkar (age 9)

 

 

(First Version submitted)

We are attached to mobile phones all the time.Yes,we need our phones,but we do unnecessary things, too much in our phones.For example, people would be playing games in their phone too much.It is bad for our health.1 out of 3 kids have obesity because of too much video games.We have to exercise and do healthy choices

 

What to do?We should limit using our phones.

Older phones were meant to call or text only.

When smartphones came people got attached to their phones.You should set a time limit. It will be better for your health.It would reduce chances of obesity.Mobile phone signals are also bad for our health.

I think mobile phones are nuisance if you use it to play too much games.Mobile phones are necessity to call people and emergency services.

By:Kevin Thakkar

Age :9 years

 

 

(Second Version)

We are attached to mobile phones all the time.Yes,we need our phones,but we do unnecessary things too much in our phones.For example, people would be playing games in their phone too much.It is bad for our health.1 out of 3 kids have obesity because of too much video games.We have to exercise and do healthy choices 

 

What to do?We should limit using our phones.

Older phones were meant to call or text only.

When smartphones came people got attached to their phones.You should set a time limit. It will be better for your health.It would reduce chances of obesity.Mobile phone signals are also bad for our health.Its vibrations are bad for our body.

 

High usage of cell phones affects the health of human beings adversely. In 2016, it was reported that Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE was exploding when it was being charged because of which it caused severe injuries to the owners of the phone. While physical harm can be contained, I wondered, what about the harm that mobile phones cause to our mental health? Here are a few disadvantages of using mobile phones for long hours.

Brain Cancer

Increases stress level

Weakens immune system

Chronic pain

Eye/ vision problem

Hinders sleep

Germs

Hampers your thinking process

Nomophobia

Hearing loss

Phantom pocket vibration syndrome

Impaired concentration/ attention span

Depression

And the list is still longer.

So, mobile phones are nuisance because it affects our health mentally,physically,and emotionally.

 

By:Kevin Thakkar (age 9)

Notable Mention – Aug- Sep 2019

 

Mobile Phones- Necessity or Nuisance?

By: Prahalad Prithivathi (5th Grade)

 

Carrying a landline phone, a big camera, and a note pad, is very hard, but you could just carry one thing, a necessity, not a nuisance, a mobile phone. Mobile phones help you get weather, news, alerts, and other important notifications on a timely basis.

 

Mobile phones are important, in times of an emergency as you can call for help. Calling someone could give you more information on something you need at any place. It also allows you to talk to relatives that don’t live close by using video chat applications.

 

Taking pictures and videos on a mobile phone is also something you can do. You wouldn’t have to carry a huge camera that is heavy. You can send the pictures or videos to your friends or family immediately. If you take a picture with a big camera, you have to connect the SD card or the camera, to a laptop or desktop. Then you would have to download the pictures or videos to your computer. Only then can you send the pictures or videos to friends and family.   

 

Mobile phones which have become a necessity in today’s world, it must be used in moderation. Headaches, digital eyestrain, fatigue, blurry vision, and neck pain could occur if you spend too much time on a screen. If you spend too much time on your phone you could lose sight of the world and not pay attention to things; your mobile phone would become a nuisance. In addition to television and computer, mobile phones are also part of “screen time”. You should limit yourself to 2 hours a day, as recommended by pediatricians, so you can still play, and talk with others in person. 

 

The benefits outweigh the issues. Because you can call people, take pictures easily, when used in moderation, mobile phones are a necessity not a nuisance.

2019 Aug – Sep contest Adult winner

Suni Housty

Aug 22, 2019

Mobile Phones in Heaven

It was the year 1986 when my mother left behind her family and her homeland of India.  She got herself and her three young children onto an airplane for the first time to fly to the United States.  She did not speak English, she had no idea how to navigate an airport and she was so small in stature that handling the luggage and her three very young children must have been a monstrous feat.  On top of all of that, this was not the mobile phone era so she had no way to call anyone she knew for help along the way.  We somehow made it to our father who was waiting for us in Texas.

Decades passed and my mother longed to see her family but with the meager salaries my parents made it was impossible to take any trips to India.  When iPhones and mobile video calls became mainstream, my mother finally got herself a phone for the simple desire to video call her family back home. She carried that phone with her like it was her lifeline because it bridged the distance and it appeased the intense longing she felt for her family.  She loved being able to press a few buttons and see her favorite brother’s face and she loved being able to join in for celebrations back home even though it was through a video call. Like my mother, I also see so many young professionals and college students who depend on their mobile phones to stay in touch with their families that they miss so much; it is the promise of that daily phone call that sustains them.

My mother unexpectedly passed away in January of this year after 33 years in this country.  Since she and I did not live in the same city, we would use our mobile phones to call each other at least two times per day, every single day.  My mother called me for the last time at 1pm on the day she passed.  I was in my car and we had our usual pleasant conversation.  At the end of that conversation I told her I loved her.  If it wasn’t for our mobile phones, I would have never been able to leave those last loving words with my mother who was the single most important person in my life.  I would do anything to have just one more phone call with my mother; they really should allow mobile phones in heaven.

I know a lot of people would argue that mobile phones are a nuisance but it connects us to those we love that live far away from us, sometimes even oceans away from us.  Mobile phones also allow us to make sure that our loved ones are safe every night, it helps us find directions when we’re lost, call for help when we need it and it allows us to feel connected in an increasingly isolating world.  It really is an absolute necessity.

 

 

Dedicated to my dearest mother, Chandrika
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