WHAT IMPACT HAS CELL PHONE ON SOCIETY TODAY?
When I was seven years old, my uncle came to visit my family back in Nigeria from the United States, and he had this strange device with long antenna on his hand and all suddenly it started ringing like a bell and he pressed a button, held it up to his ear and started talking. I was astonished and curious, because as a child I wanted to know what it was, what the noise was about, and why he had it to his ear and was talking to himself. Because I was bothering him while he was talking on the phone he immediately placed it to my ear and his wife far away in the United States started talking to me in Nigeria.
My uncle later told me the strange device is called “Cellular phone”, that he can call his wife anytime, and from anywhere in the world. From that moment on I became fascinated with cell phones, and I have always been interested in learning more about the people behind the invention of cell phones. I had always believed that cell phones are not for everyone, that they are meant for the rich and powerful until few years back in Nigeria when the Nigerian Communications Commission introduced the Global System for Mobile (GSM) network. The use of cell-phones soared; everyone including my grandmother acquired a cell phone. Looking back to what life used to be before the cell phone evolution few years ago, it gives me a clear understanding of the positive impact cell phones had on the society. I remember when my father used to travel home every week from Lagos to see my grandmother in the village; because there was no other way he could communicate with her. However, cell phone innovation has made it possible for my father to be in touch with my grandmother in the village on a regular basis. The way people used to communicate and do business has changed tremendously; the life of the common people has also been touched in different ways. It cuts across every facet of life, which is why I feel delighted to talk about the...
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