‘Mobile and Internet’ are becoming an integral part of people.
As the development and expansion of information technology is increasing day by day, since the last few years, the landline telephones of many homes and offices have gradually become useless.
Since the landline is no longer used much in people’s daily life, even if the line is disconnected, they have to pay and even if the money runs out, they have stopped caring.
Nowadays, people who do any kind of business have started using mobile as their means of communication. From villages to cities, people of different professions and businesses have started to consider mobile phones as an integral part of their lives. Whether they are going to shepherds in the village or sitting at home or talking to their friends, they often use mobile phones.
Similarly, in the city, mobile phones are used from office to home and from home to office. While working in the office, most of the work is done through mobile. This has started to prove the landline phone to be unreasonable. Mobile is no longer limited to just a medium of communication. Mobile has become a reliable and easy way to buy from salt to gold, to do transactions worth millions, to pay various fees.
Whether in the country or abroad, in any corner of the world, the mobile phone is becoming a means of exchange of closeness with each other. Hence, from children to the elderly, the mobile craze is increasing.
70-year-old Premaratna Kumari Tamang of Kathmandu Sinamangal (9) says, ‘I can bear it if they don’t give me food for more than a day. But I can’t do it if I don’t give them a mobile phone to talk to my sons who are abroad.’ Her two brothers and sons live in Australia and the other in America.
She says, ‘Since my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren live in Australia and America, I need mobile and internet 24 hours a day. Because now I want to see my grandchildren. Watch whenever you want. I will press the call. The mobile phone did not give the impression of being away from the sons.’
Similarly, whether it is to send invitations to various family and social functions or to set dating between boyfriends and girlfriends, to exchange love messages with those who are abroad from a branch of a tree while cutting grass, mobile plays an important role.
Today, the young generation, who are more involved in social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc., have started to consider mobile as an integral part of their lives due to new applications and games. Sagar Choudhary of Tikathali, who is studying in BSCIT third semester, says, ‘I do all the class projects from mobile. Also my application is the main topic. That’s why mobile is like an integral part for me. If I leave it alone, I feel like I’m missing something.’
He works as a game engineer at Brain Digit, a famous IT company in Nepal. He says, ‘I also do my office work from this mobile phone. At home and in the office, I usually solve new ‘bugs’ or work on new software from the mobile phone.’
Especially in the middle of the global pandemic infectious disease, the use of mobile phones started to increase rapidly. Mobile has become the main medium for readers. From school to university, class lessons started coming to mobile phones. Classes also started to be conducted from mobile. Teachers started teaching students on mobile phones and doctors started giving online consultations from mobile phones.
‘What to do when most of the information of the university will come to the mobile instead of the notice board to understand the text of the university, the text that is not understood, it has to be taught online.’ Says Jaya Pradhan, Head of Fund Nutrition Department, Padmakanya Campus, Baghbazar.
He said that during the corona epidemic, all the master’s classes had to be conducted online and students participated in the classes through mobile phones at that time. She says, ‘At that time, the Corona epidemic was all over the country. We had to move all the classes online. Students used to attend classes through mobile phones. I took all the classes online at that time and the students participated using mobile phones. Mobiles have come as a blessing for students.’
Similarly, Vinay Mishra, coordinator of the National College in Dhumbarahi, says, ‘Mobile has now proved to be a boon for the educational sector. If it were not for mobile, during Corona, our teaching, assessment and class promotion would have stopped. But due to the fact that students have mobile phones in their hands, we shifted the course to online classes and were able to teach.
He says that mobile phones play an important role in students’ question papers, exams and evaluation. ‘Students do their homework and we have used mobile phones from assigning numbers to getting results. Mobile and ICT have become an important means to make the educational sector successful.’
But he says that the challenge of mobile phones is that the ‘overflow’ of information disrupts people’s personal lives. He says, ‘Despite doing all the good work with mobile, the overflow of information has become more. It makes people’s personal lives chaotic.’
Although the use of mobile phones was once a luxury of the elite, now it has become a basic necessity for every stratum and age group of the society. With the increase in mobile craze, its market has become widespread.
With the increase in purchasing power due to remittances, access to technology has become widespread, and the use of mobile phones has increased not only for communication but for various purposes. Sunaina Pandey Ghimire, CEO of General Technologies, says, ‘I often sit in meetings on Zoom and Google Teams from my mobile phone. I keep my personal documents, calendar and important notes in my mobile. I usually fix meetings with foreign clients on the mobile phone.’
He says that now office rent, water bills, staff salaries and shopping are mostly done through mobile phones. She says, ‘Even when I stay at home, I am active on my mobile phone. Because the news and interest about the work of the office and what is happening outside comes from the mobile phone. I have been updating rent, font transfer and personal, calendar and important documents from mobile.’
Similarly, Ranjit Podar, president of Computer Association of Nepal 9CAN0 Federation, admits that the use of mobile phones has made home and office work easier. He says, ‘In every important meeting held by the CAN federation, friends from the state and district indicate their presence through mobile phones. They keep their own agenda from mobile. I do the work of electricity, water, bank transfer from mobile.’
But he complains that sometimes there is a problem while transferring the font from the mobile phone. She says, ‘Mobile has made everyday life easy and simple. Although this has made people’s work easier, sometimes when sending money, citizens have to face the pain of not receiving the money.’
On the other hand, Former Minister of Science and Technology and Leader of Information Technology and Politician Ganesh Sah says that technology has changed the lifestyle of people. He says, ‘Although the first post and letter did not bring much enthusiasm, mobile has revolutionized people’s lives. It has changed the way of life of the people of the world. Today, they can gossip on mobile, money on mobile, songs on mobile and enjoy and share happiness and sorrow with each other on mobile.’
He admits that mobile has made it easy and simple for those who enter the political field of Nepal. He says, ‘What is written in which article of the constitution? There is no need to wander about where to find the important documents of the party, the news, ideas, discussions, and the library of various political agendas and problems can be found within the mobile phone. But he complains that the politicians are not able to connect with the parliament and the people because they are too lazy to use mobile phones.
He says, ‘Mobile is a lamp for politicians. is the ocean But our parliamentarians are using their mobile phones only for idle chatter. Parliamentarians have become weak due to the habit of fighting without studying important documents, books, online news and various articles, laws of political parties. Nab Mobile is a mobile mantra for party leaders like the gem of a snake.’
Similarly, mobile has brought a revolution in banks and financial institutions. Anil Keshari Shah, a former banker, says that in addition to sending and receiving money to the bank, banking activities can also be done through mobile phones.
He says, ‘People used to line up first and come to get money. Had to wait for hours to withdraw and deposit money. But mobile banking has reduced this work to zero and has now made it possible to do mobile banking while staying at home, walking while walking, sitting in the office, wherever you are.’ He is happy that mobile banking has strengthened the relationship between the bank and the citizens.
The mood of making Tik Tok
With the increase in the use of the social network Tik Tok, the use of mobile phones has started to increase at a faster pace. Veena Neupane says that the trend of creating Tiktok is especially popular among women and the young generation. She says, ‘I make 25/30 ticktaks a day from my mobile. And live also 3/4 hours a day.’ Similarly, Tik star Pavitra Saki, who won the title of Miss Pubi, says, ‘Mobile has come as a blessing for me. I made Tiktok on mobile and became a star. Mobile has changed my life.’
He says that money will also be earned by making Tiktok by making use of it. However, he complains about the increase in illegal activity on Tiktok these days. She says, ‘In the name of making Tiktok, it has become too much now. It leads society to ruin. If mobile has given us an opportunity, let’s make use of it. But let’s stop the Chhattantra just because we got the facility.’
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