Top 10 Dangers of Cell Phone Use (september 2007 Survey)

By: Jarvis Stevens

A new survey released today suggests the biggest fear people have related to mobile use is terrorism.

And while the results suggests while people are still most worried about terrorist using cell phones for terrorist activities, an increasing number of people are concerned about mobile bullying and message abuse.

- Terrorist Acts (ie..bomb detonation, threatening conversations in public places) - 34%

- Mobile Bullying (ie..intimidating messages sent from peers in the school yard or work place) - 13%

- Physical Health Dangers (ie..wireless smog, phone masts or heat from device panels and batteries) - 12%

- Mobile Abuse on Youths (ie..exposure to inappropriate content/ potential paedophilia attacks) - 11%

- Privacy Invasion (ie..operator-centric GPS systems to track individual's whereabouts - 9%

- Violent Crime (ie..random mobile theft, pre-meditated assault filming or extortion) - 6%

- Operator Scams (ie..opt-in subscriptions, corrupt TV call-in and voting competitions) - 5%

- Intrusive Marketing (ie.."mobile spam" of betting/gaming/adult sent via SMS or Bluetooth) - 4%

- Accidents (ie..driving, walking down the street using device) - 3%

- Messaging Hoaxes (ie..prank faux terror threats or health scares via SMS) - 3%

Writer TJ Behe is not surprised people have become more astute to such dangers and his latest graphic novel focuses on the subject.

"We're seeing the good, bad and ugly side of mobile phone use. Dangerous social behaviour. Serious health risks. Various scams sprung upon us by nasty people operating in the telecoms market. It's important folks are aware of how this - after all, we walk around with one of these things in our pockets and purse!

Behe book's Contraband is illustrated by UK comic artist Phil Elliott and follows a young man's journey into a new "voyeur underground", where profit-hungry youths prowl streets secretly filming radical events with mobile devices to satisfy society's demand for sensational on-the-go content.

For more information go to contrabandcomic.blogspot.com.

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