In thrall to the mobile phone


Sir, – Many of us, I am sure, can identify with Conor Pope’s love-hate relationship with his mobile phone which makes it difficult for him ever to switch off or to stop working (“A fool and his phone are not easily parted”, Life, August 22nd).

This first-world problem seems to affect most of us today to some degree or other. So as the ninth World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin this week, it might be worth reflecting that the mobile phone has so far replaced the desktop computer, the map, the DVD and CD, the radio and television, the camera and the alarm clock.

What next? The family.

Heaven forbid. – Yours, etc,



Dublin 5.