Has seamless mobile connectivity with each other made us weaker and dependantI often observe the following while traveling by train or a bus.
A person gets a call from his relatives or friends on their mobiles inquiring where are they and why they have not reached yet?
People calling every now and then from their mobile to their near and dear ones telling them that train or bus is late and so they will reach home late. They also inform at regular intervals their whereabouts.
All this takes me back to my old days when mobiles were not there and I used to travel from my college to my hometown. In those times STD/ISD PCOs were very common. I remember before leaving I used to call from STD booths to my home that I am leaving now. No updates were possible on the way due to lack of mobile connectivity. Finally, my parents got to know that I have reached safely when I rang the doorbell and they saw me in front of them. Surprisingly they never used to worry when I was on the way and think where I might be or am I ok. There was no way for them to know this hence they had to believe that everything was fine. People at that time were not in the habit of remaining constantly connected with each other and getting periodic updates from their loved ones due to the absence of mobile phones. It was a blessing in disguise in a sense that people used to remain calm and content and used to believe that no news means all is well.
With the mobile revolution now the situation has changed drastically. Imagine in the present scenario, a son is traveling and their parents do not hear from him periodically from his mobile as to where is he and how far he has reached. They will literally worry it will give rise to all sorts of unpleasant thoughts in their mind. People now are in habit of getting and giving minute by minute updates during travel through mobile's voice and messaging systems. The moment these updates are not there, they start worrying and feeling tense. I feel this constant connectivity with each other has made us more impatient, dependant mentally weak. We now feel no updates or news means something is not well and thus has made our minds more fearful.
I strongly feel we should shed this habit a bit and get used to getting and passing fewer updates when traveling. Let us not be so dependent and weak that we cannot stay without hearing or giving updates. Having and using mobile phones during travel is in a way boon in case of urgencies, but let us not make it an addiction.