A recent essay question reported on Jan 31:
Some people think that the use of mobiles (cell) phones should be banned in public places such a in libraries and shop and on public transport. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Reasons for Banning Mobile Phones in Public Places
- Phones can be intrusive. (uninvited noise to others)
- Phones can disturb others when they are concentrating, for example in a library.
- They are antisocial as people are too busy sending messages to talk to the people in front of them, for example in a shop when they are being served.
- The signal can cause problems in some public places, such as hospitals, by interfering with delicate instruments or equipment.
- In some public place, such as libraries, music halls or galleries, phones can annoy and ruin the experience for others.
Reasons for Not Banning Mobiles Phones in Public Places
- Mobiles do not need to be intrusive as they can easily be turned to silent or vibrate.
- Phones can be useful in case of emergencies, for instance accidents in public places.
- Phones can provide entertainment when travelling on tedious journeys, particularly on public transport.
- Phones are multi-functional and can be used as recording devices or cameras so shouldn’t be banned in public.
- They are useful for families overseas to get in touch with each other.
- They provide a safety for youngsters as parents can easily get in touch with them wherever they are.
- mobile phones should be banned in places where they interfere with equipment, interrupt a service or break rules, such as in a library, but in all other public places they should be allowed as long as they are used with respect to others
Please note that some of the above ideas are not connected to the exact essay question (for example, they include ideas about banning phones in hospitals or museums – these are ideas just to help you with the general topic rather than the exact essay question)