The mobile phone industry has grown over the last two decades. It has a positive and negative impact on people around the world. Mobile phone usage has substantially increases in less economically developed countries. It’s had many environmental, social and economic effects on people. In 2008 the number of mobile phone users around the world had reached a staggering 3.3 billion, Africa is the fastest growth of mobile phone usage. In 1999 approximately 7.5 million people owned a mobile in Africa, however in 2008 the figure substantially increased to 130 million. Around the world 20 new users connect to a mobile phone network every second.
My hypothesis questions are:
“I believe that the mobile phone industry is having a negative environmental impact on people because miners are clearing the forests to dig for coltan therefore lowland gorillas are threatened to become extinct. I also think this because the mines are controlled by rebel soldiers to fund a civil war against the government. This affects people because the price of coltan is being risen, and the fighting increases. Also transportation throughout the life cycle generates more negative impacts on the environment due to the burning of fossil fuels. In addition to this e-waste is being illegally exported to parts in India, China, Africa and Pakistan, where people all ages are putting their lives at risk by burning electronics and inhaling hazardous fumes.”
“I believe that the mobile phone industry is having a positive economic impact on people because it increases the number of job specifically for the less fortunate in Congo. Also there are many jobs that are involved in the mobile phone industry. It benefits as people used mobile phones to check market prices, sell and exchange goods, and coordinate trade.”
“I believe that the mobile phone industry is having a positive impact on people socially because people can keep in contact with others. Also having Internet access on mobile phones...