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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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.