MilliOnAir interactive Magazine June 2017 - Page 149

And it doesn't stop there. Devices can register your heart rate, give instructions to a surgeon operating on the other side of the world, identify you from a fingerprint or with voice recognition, draw your curtains at home, switch on your heating, book a train, a plane, a pizza or two weeks in Marrakech. We can pivot between platforms as we please and, most of the time, with the greatest of ease. Around 60% of people access internet data using their phones. Power to the people, indeed. Scottish-born Mr Bell's ears must be ringing in amazement.

Relationships have been formed, friendships created and hearts discarded like old telephone directories, such is the impact of the phone.

The upside is mobile phone technology can keep us in touch with people thousands of miles away as is the case for me and my daughter in Australia, a far cry from the days of writing (soon to become old) news on thin blue airmail paper that took weeks to arrive. GPS location can tell us of special offers and downloadable vouchers as we approach a store or tell others of where we are in cases of danger. Forbidden affairs of the heart however are a different matter. People can track you down.

We can make ourselves look good in images even when we're feeling lousy inside. But at what cost to the thousands of youngsters whose self-worth and self-esteem lie at the bottom of the disused mobile mountain?

Personally, I don't allow phones at the dinner table, won't take calls in the bathroom and have a growing concern for a generation whose skeletal form is regressing almost to that of our ape ancestors. 'Look up to the skies, not down to the ground', I plead. I fear it's all fallen on deaf ears.

I wonder what incredible feats mobiles will be able to achieve in ten years from now? Or, more to the point, what is likely to replace them?

Interestingly, both Alexander Graham Bell's mother and wife were deaf.

As a scientist, he felt his invention of the telephone was an intrusion of his real life work and he refused to have one in his study.

So…don't forget to live your real life.

And don't forget Mr Bell's legacy and why he invented the telephone in the first place. Call a loved one. If it was the last call you could ever make, who would you call…and what would you say??

Tana Dawn

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