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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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When i hang out with my friends i always keep my phone inside my pocket, in silent mode. I only use it if i receive a call or if i need to answer an important message.
Without a doubt a mobile phone has become absolutely an indispensable part of our lives like many other technological devices. It use has its advantages and disadvantages, and of course judgments vary from each particular user.
Mobile phones are the the perfect tool to do what years ago seemed to be inconceivable; it is a masterpiece of technology that makes our coexistence more comfortable, allowing us to talk, send messages, keeping up with friends, family and even people we don't know from anywhere in the world, read books, news or documents of any kind at any time, find directions or jobs opportunities through ads and the list goes on, and all of that is possible because of the power of the internet.
It can actually serve as a weapon when it is used with bad intentions or it can a way of distraction from the real world or things that really matters when overused without a logical explanation. I don't know if i made myself clear with that latter statement.
It is a fact that technology is the mother of our modern existent world and we must embrace it but, i believe we should give more attention to our social real life and try not to forget that it is a human necessity that keeps us connected through the physical and verbal interaction, exchange of emotions that cannot be comparable and it has truly been the foundation of all our greatest achievements (humankind).

I think mobile phones are absolutely essential in today`s world. Not only mobile phones but everything has its disadvantages and advantages. We just have to focus on the advantages! It`s true that mobile phones sometimes distracts you from the people around you and makes people around you to annoy. Also they have harmful rays. But, despite all their disadvantages, they have many advantages. The world is unimaginable today without phones. They`re the tools of modernism. The business world is heavily dependent on the mobile phones. They can connect to the people continents away. You can send messages and your personal information to the potential employers. Mobile phones make business deals much more easier and, therefore, help the world economy to boom, that makes people`s life easier and more comfortable. I say again what I had mentioned above, that everything has its disadvantages. We just have to focus more on its advantages and use it accordingly!

I don't use my phone often when I date my friends. Sometimes I check my e-mails, phone calls or messages quickly, but I asked them apologies for that interruption. I think that mobiles phones are reducing our interaction skills, but in a good way the phone allows us keep on the date of news and close with family and friends.

Mobil phone no doubt bring the people close but on the other side it has destroyed the social life and it has badly affected family culture. sometime i feel it has become a nomophobia for me.

My wife is always complain about that. It was intersting to did the exercise and listen "myself" trying to giving a justification for not listen a real person in real time right in front of me. It's a little weirdo, but make me think a little bit more serious in this deep problem.

well i keep always to switch off my mobile phone especially when m with my wife cause i think is not polite

It is obvious that mobile phones have pros and cons, so we just need to know how to benefit from their use. Concerning us using them while we are with our friends, I think it is a rudeness . If you are going to use your mobile while you are with your friend then it better to stay at home and chat because you are not going to enjoy the moment with your friend. Otherwise, if we do not overuse the mobile phone, it is a useful tool for communication, browsing, reading ebooks, being up to date with the world news.....

I usually try to avoid the use of my mobile phone while I am with my parents at dinner or during a meeting with my friends. But, I have to admit that some other times I got trapped by my phone, checking messages, reading something or watching a video. Conversations in real life should be the priority, always.

Actually, after doing this exercise, I realized that I could be very annoying with my friends because I usually spend too much time chatting while I meet them to talk or eat something. Of course, the most evident pros are keeping in touch with other firends, family or other relevant people, keeping up to date with the latest news, and so on. However, using the mobile phone all the time while you are with you firends or someone else, becomes an impediment if you're trying to know somebody, enjoing the moment, and many other things that make your real life worths the most.

I sometimes use mobile phone while with friends. Actually, I don't like that but I sometimes need to answer some messages to keep up with other friends who are not there with me at the time.
About the pros, I think mobile phones are a means of communication, they help us stay in touch with family and friends. They can also be a useful tool with an Internet connection, we can use them for browsing, reading news or learning something.
Besides the pros mentioned, there are also disadvantages. We can be distracted by social media like Facebook, Instagram,... We might find ourselves spending too much time surfing Facebook which does not benefit anything on our live.
To be concluded, mobile phones are tools which are there to make our live easier. We should use them to suit our needs and don't overuse.