A Killer in our Pockets

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 21-06-2010

a newspaper reported that a 20-year-old college girl in a certain town was ran
over and killed by a running train. As I read this terrible news, I was
saddened that a precious life was cut short in such a tragic manner. However,
as I read on, I was more shocked to know that the girl was talking to somebody
on her mobile phone and did not notice that a train was speeding towards her. A
careless behavior took away a precious life! Such tragedies are repeated daily
in every part of the world, especially by using mobile phone while driving. It
was pointed out by someone that a recent air tragedy that killed so many people
was caused, perhaps, by someone not following the warning that all mobile
phones should be switched off inside the plane. The navigational system of the
plane can malfunction or interfere with the landing system and thus cause
terrible tragedies.

    None can deny the manifold functions
and advantages of mobile phone. It has become impossible to ignore it or do
away with it.  It helps us connected to our relatives and friends, even
across the continents. But the tragedy is that it has become so much a part of
our daily life that it takes precedence even over the safety of our lives! This
goes to say how badly we misuse this wonderful invention which, if put to right
use, is our fastest medium of communication today. However, mobile phone has
made many its slaves that it controls the way they spend their waking hours. In a study conducted
recently in one of the advanced countries, it was found that 50% of youngsters
between 13 and 14 years of age regularly use mobile phones. It is 80% amongst
the age-group of 18-19 in the same country. These figures may look exaggerated
in a less advanced country, but the trend is towards increased use of the media
everywhere. Improper and exaggerated use of mobile
phones can have serious repercussions as the tragedy mentioned above proves.
Uncontrolled use of mobile phones can also cause us to miss out on precious
time with God, with family, with good friends, with nature and even with

About The Author

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.