SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE PLACED ON THE USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN PUBLIC AREAS LIKE RESTAURANTS AND THEAT

SHOULD RESTRICTIONS BE PLACED ON THE USE OF MOBILE PHONES IN PUBLIC AREAS LIKE RESTAURANTS AND THEAT
Introduction

New popular technology or device demands the detailed manual. Even the ordinary fork should be used correctly to avoid damage and inconvenience.
Mobile phones are so popular now, that almost every person knows how to use it correctly. Correct usage of mobile phones includes the knowledge how to turn it on or change the volume level as well as the rules of behavior in the society. The issue of mobile phone ban in public places is still contradictory, though it seems the settlement by compromise is found.

Mobile phones in public places

The peak of discussion on mobile phones ban was registered in 2002-2003. In 2003 Councilor Phil Reed in New York proposed to back up the request to turn off the mobile phones with the threat of a $50 fine (for making a call, talking on the mobile, or being rung in the theatre, cinema, library, and so on). He claimed this was “a real quality of life issue” and “because it would only apply during the performance, it's not a lot to ask of people to do. (BBC News, 2003)"

Many people supported the proposition: loud mobile talks in public places are very annoying. Everyone agreed that mobile conversation should be banned in the theatre or in the cinema because such talks are disrespectful. The supporters of the ban even demanded to ban the mobile conversation in the buses and trains, and even public toilets.

The research in 2002 showed that “In Finland and Italy (where over 80 per cent of the population has mobile phones), more than seven out of ten people were in favor of using mobile phone blocking technology (72 per cent in Finland and 73 per cent in Italy) whilst 85 per cent of people in France supported the idea. (EuropeMedia, 2002)”

However, many people opposed this law. It is obvious that mobile service provides were among the opponents, but common people were unsatisfied with this proposition also. Thus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg thought this law was unnecessary, besides, it would be impossible to enforce.

The main arguments of unlimited mobile conversation supporters are the following:

- mobile conversation is just the one type of boorish behavior in public places. Unwrapping candies or loud laugh are disrespectful too but can hardly be banned;
- many people have little children or sick relatives, and urgent call can save the life or prevent accident;
- mobile call can help traveler to meet the friends and relatives or to inform them about the time of arrival;
- mobile conversation isn’t louder that usual conversation between two people, but usual conversation can hardly be banned.
- at last, the ban on mobile conversation violates the liberties of people.

Even the ardent supporters of the ban had to agree these reasons partly or completely. For now, the most appropriate decision for everyone is the use of silent mode and vibrating alarm in public places, the more so because every modern mobile device has these functions. In the case of urgent call every person can leave the public place – for example, go to the foyer to speak – or at least to submit apologies for inconvenience.

Conclusion

Mobile conversation in public places is often irritating and rude. On the other hand, people can’t totally reject the use of mobile devices in theatres, restaurants, transportation and so on. Parental control or other family and business issues demand the persistent control and mobile phones can help to provide it. Most of the mobile phone users agree that it is reasonable to use silent mode and vibrating alarm and avoid talking on the mobile phone in public places.

References

“New York bans mobiles in theatres” - BBC News World edition. 13 February, 2003. Retrieved 30 August 2010 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/2755875.stm
“Strong support for ban on mobiles in public places” EuropeMedia. Tuesday, July 16 2002. Retrieved 30 August 2010 from http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/telecommunications-phone-systems/216726-1.html

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