How important is your mobile phone?

Switzerland
September 18, 2007 1:32pm CST
A report says the long-term cancer risk of mobile phones cannot be ruled out. Will this change the way you use yours? A major six-year research programme has found a "hint" of a higher cancer risk from mobile phone use. But the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHRP) did rule out short-term adverse effects to brain and cell function. Is your phone vital for your every-day life and work? Or could you live without one? Would you give up your phone for health reasons? Are you worried about phone masts close to you? Personally, I'm not very much attached to my mobile phone. In fact, unless I really need to text or call someone, or use the alarm, it's tucked away safely in my bag. I have heard about the health issues regarding mobile phones and the brain but I heard if you place your phone on your left ear instead of the right, there is no risk at all.
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@twowizdom (861)
• Philippines
19 Sep 07
Well if you ask me, mobile phones are not that important for me but I also consider it as a necessity cause you really going to need it in times of trouble or emergency.
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19 Sep 07
i do worry a lot about using my mobile thats why i use hands free a lot or text. As for my brain function, i dont think they would see a dramatic difference before and after using my phone lol
@ssf12ster (489)
• India
19 Sep 07
after i heard the risk factor in mobile users i always try to use a land line.if you are not then avoid it or call froma land line.yes i was talking and suddenly a umber called up. there was a loud noise .this i was told was a virus which could suddenly increase the volume.i felt extremely sad.so i try to use landline!
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• China
19 Sep 07
i myself don't use cell phone ofen, in fact i just ust it as watch or alarm clock. i really hear of the harm of the mobile phone. But everything has two sides,such as computer ,it is amazing but it also do harm to us .So maybe we can find a "du" ,by the way ,it is a chinese word ,which means a kind of balance, we can use it to make our lives convenient and it won't do harm to us.
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• India
19 Sep 07
These days mobile phones are getting so much important that I couldn't think of life without mobiles.Mobile vendors are also adding more functionality and services which are helpful for their users.So for me its very important in every sense.Ofcourse it has some disadvantages but then I think its all over,even with the computers....so I am less bothered about those. Cheers!! -AV
@derek_a (10902)
19 Sep 07
I only use my mobile phone when I have to. I have seen some people who have it forever stuck to their ear. Problem here is that keep changing their minds about the dangers of radiation - but I think it better to err on the side of caution.
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• China
19 Sep 07
YES,my phone vital for me everyday life and work.now,there are 600 million people use mobile.and i must use it for more than one hour a day.it is terrible for my health,i know,but,i must do it.i need it,so it offen tucked in my cloth.it is a bad news for me when i look your post.i should learn for you. thinks your advise.
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• Singapore
19 Sep 07
I agree that using mobile phone frequently will cause cancer due to high frequency radiation. However, I can not leave my mobile now. I addict to it. I use it to converse with friends, to check emails when I am still in bed and read electronics book etc.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
19 Sep 07
I don't see how putting it on your left ear would have less of an effect than on your right, man, sometimes science makes no sense. At any rate, I use my cell phone a lot. Mostly for work, but I talk to my friends and my sisters as well. I like to text, too, but that costs a bit more.
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• United States
19 Sep 07
I wish I didn't need mine.I have to have it mostly because my family has alot of emergencies.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
19 Sep 07
My phone is very important to me as if its my life.. But i'm not much of a caller of my phone but just sending of text messages most of the time.. Whenever i'm free, i will just fiddle with the functions of my phone.. There's once whereby my gf took my phone away and i felt so helpless.. haha
• India
19 Sep 07
Hi soulsister_16! If I say that a mobile phone to me is as imporant as the air I breathe it would be an exaggeration. But definitely a mobile phone to me is like a best buddy who reminds you of your appoinments, helps you to organise things and remember important contact details for you. I am always on the move and contacts are very important to me as a Marketing Professional and a mobile phone is a great help to me.
• Philippines
19 Sep 07
it is very important to me and my husband... he is a seaman, and there's no way of telling when he can call, so i have to have my fone with me always, esp when i'm out... i'm not much of a texter though,..i just need the cp, to communicate with my husband...
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@alansmile (284)
• Malaysia
19 Sep 07
I don't know. I didn't use it much after i heard it cause cancer. It's just an entertainment for me when i am bore. Hehe...
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@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Sep 07
My mobile phone is a very important tool for me. Actually I use it for entertainment more than communication. As my mobile phone is a smartphone, so that I can watch movies, read books, play the games... It is a good thing to kill the time when the computer is not nearby me.
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@foxygirle (377)
• Philippines
19 Sep 07
Yes mobile phone can be harmful for excessive usage. But then its one of the most important thing you cant leave behind. And its one of the most important invention of the modern time. It gives you free access to call emergency 24/7 without the hassle of looking for paypones. And all infos can be kept on the phone freeing you from unnecessary and expensive gadgets. Its one of the gadgets you'll hardly leave home without.
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• United States
18 Sep 07
My cell phone is not that important to me either. I make alot of people mad sometimes when I don't answer and I always say "15 years ago everyone got along without them". Is there really that many important things to say that can't wait till a later time. I see people answering them doing dinner. I find this rather rude for other people at the table. This is why answering machines were invented, right? These days most everyone has one strapped to them somewhere. I think people need to slow down and enjoy life a bit more without all of the technology.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
18 Sep 07
My mobile phone isnt important at all to me..but thats because I dont own one ;-) Never have and at this point in time I really couldnt be bothered to....I think cell phones are more of a problem than they are a problem solver to be honest with you...
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• India
18 Sep 07
I think using mobile phone sensibly is the need of the hour. Yes, to be frank, I can't live without one. I am into business and am always busy receiving calls on my mobile phone. But of late I have found a better way to get these calls diverted. I have a land line installed in my office with am operator to take care of it. And I avoid giving away my mobile number to too many people. Anyone wants to call for business purpose uses the land line phone. If it something urgent and personal then they call me on my mobile phone. I believe human life is important and we need to find ways to keep it in good shape.