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C1 advanced: Pros and cons of mobile phones

Gemma is sick of being ignored while Sam is on his phone. In this video they discuss the pros and cons of being constantly connected. What will they decide to do? 

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Recently, l am really conscious about using phone when l meet my friends and have a chat with them. I keep my phone in a bag and l try to fully concentrate and pay attention for a person in front of me, and l really appreciate if my friends at the table do the same. I think is polite, my mates or family is worthy of listening, and l do it on protest against overusing mobile and replacing face to face conversation by social media.
Of course using phone has many advantages as we can call for help in emergency situation, we are able to keep in touch with my friends and family specially these times, and l have constantly access to useful information. I communicate with university, employer, manage a flight, check-in, online order, internetbaking.
I would say smartphone is an essential device for my life.
I am aware of disadvantages and plan digital detox on a daily base.

When I am with my friends, generally, I tend to use my mobile phone only if i have the necessity to utilize it, because I prefer chat with them rather than employing it.
I think that the pros and cons to have a mobile phone are these: on one hand, you know that, in case of need, you can contact someone that you have to reach, also for emergency; than, you can obtain infos which you requires, etc...; on the other hand, when we, making use of it, take it very near to us or, even worse, in contact with our body, radiation electromagnetics, that it emits when switched on, hit our body and this is unealthy for us; another disadvantage of having a mobile phone, according to me, is that, like Gemma said, utilizing it you could being distracted from what happening around you even if, in some cases, such as when you have to use it for work or for emergency, the possibility of employing it is much more important than the fact of paying complete attention to what is happening around us.


I generally do an equilibrated use of my mobile. I use it to speak with my family and friends, but not every day. You can decide to the "owner" of the phone or to let your phone control you and make you a "slave". it is up to you.

I and my friends have a rule of our own, that is nobody can use mobile phone when being together. I think it is a great rule for all people to contact with each other when they have a meeting.
I think mobile phones have many advantages. Firstly, it is easy for people to contact right away. Secondly, people can use mobile phones everywhere, everytime such as listen to music while waiting for the bus or chatting with friends even you are lying on the bed.
Besides, it also has some negative effects on a human's life. As I see, people nowadays spent too much time surfing the net on mobile phones. Moreover, mobile phones can hurt people's relationships.

i think this method not rude expect if you have emergency

whenever i have wrote comment they said " your comment is waiting for moderation. then it havent published and i have not got the reason.
their is quote in our society " avoid from extreme and follow moderation.for how long i should follow moderation. please give me feedback why my comments have not published.

today in world many friends have monophobia, they can not survive even on minute, also they distract from the real world whatever happen in the real world the dont know, they are busiest on their own business.
i prefer whenever you have got a best friend listen them carefully and dont ignore what they going to say.
in my opinion it is really trouble when someone want to chat, talk with you and say sorry i didn;t catch that,
anyway trouble situation is not only suffering from poverty, financial problem, isolation, having not friends, when you have spoken other were busy in the phone.

Even though I hate to admit it, I'm totally addicted to my cell phone. Sometimes it's like my whole life depends on getting more and more likes. It's my way to get noticed and I'm really working on changing this.

Hi everyone
I think the pros are: you can find information about anything you want to know, for example plants, animals, countries, planets, galaxies, etc. You can call anyone, your family, your friends, wherever they are in the country or in the world, you can make video calls in most places in the country if you have Wi-Fi, you can have many books, comics, jeje, whatever that you want to read on your cell phone, and you can read whetever and wherever you are. Also having a cell phone gives you the opportunity to have social networks like instagram, twitter, facebook, etc and you can keep up to date with world news, also the cellphone is used for any emergency, or could be a big tool for your work, for example, you can download useful applications for you. You can take photos with your cellphones and keep them like memories, also take videos.
And for other side, te couns are: if you don´t have control by yourself, you can become sedentarist, you won´t enjoy others things around you, like a conversation with your family, friends, girlfriend or boyfriend in person, the cellphone can be a distractor in your school, in your work, can be dangerous in special situacions like for example, if you are walking for the street and you are watching your cellphone, your are susceptible person, because other person can assault you. Other couns is that with the cellphone the most of the time used headphones, and they are not good for your ears.
By the way, if you have self control with your cellphone, it can give you many advantages, but if not, it could be a enemy for you.
Thank you. :)