Net suspension gives cell phone addicts tough time

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Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, August 28

The mobile internet remains suspended in the region since August 24. Youngsters using social media, such as facebook and WhatsApp, have been wriggling since then as they are habitual of checking notifications on their mobile phones in short durations. But, for many, it has been a good experience as they have found peace and sound sleep.

The mobile internet was suspended as a CBI court in Panchkula was to deliver its judgement in a rape case on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on August 25. Holding him guilty, the court on August 28 sentenced him to 10 years in jail each for two cases. The state government wanted to curb the spread of rumours so it had ordered snapping of internet.

In the present age when parents often complain that children spend more time on mobile internet than on face-to-face interactions, the last few days have been of a significant change.

An elderly Sukhvir Singh said, “The suspension of mobile internet has given time to people to interact with their families and friends. In a way, it has been a blessing in disguise. With many telecom operators offering huge data at a fast speed, the mobile internet addiction is on the rise. For me, the last few days have been the return of good old days when families sat together and talked to each other.”

A student, Tanvi Sharma, quipped, “In the last few days, I have not felt the urge to recharge my phone battery. Earlier, I was always looking for a charging plug. With no internet, the battery consumption has reduced. Usually my day starts with checking messages. At night before sleeping, I end up chatting with friends till late in the night.”

It’s not that everybody is happy with the internet suspension. “The internet is needed for many important works, such as online banking and transactions. In case earlier you relied on your phone for this purpose and don’t have a broadband connection, you have faced problems for the past few days,” said Suresh Mahajan, a trader from the walled city.

The mobile internet is expected to resume from Tuesday afternoon.

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