Demerits and merits of electronic gadgetsGadgets make many things more efficient, but like every other aspects oflife; they come with their own set of disadvantages as well. As of 2011,electronic gadgets account for 15 percent of total household electricityconsumption worldwide, as reported by the International Energy Agency.By 2022, that number will double, by current estimatesWhen the holiday season draws near, some people search for new andinteresting electronic gadgets that they can give as presents. Newelectronic gadgets come on the market every year, and gift-givers mightwish to give a practical yet unique gift. Other electronic gadgets mightseem "old" after a year or two but their continued usefulness translatesinto a gift that the recipient will appreciateLaptop computers, personal digital assistants, known as PDAs and smartphones eliminate the need for offices for some people. They make workpossible that was once impossible without a physical office-hub. Nowmeetings can be held from nearly any location with a simple computer,microphone, and Internet access. The ability of websites to be establishedas hubs, working similarly to virtual stores, has also led to a revolutionfor consumers, opening up the world of Internet retail. The low cost ofstarting an online-based business as compared to a physical business also
helps push entrepreneurialism.Electronic gadgets have seen a revolution. In the past, most gadgetsserved a single purpose: Phones called people; TVs showed televisionshows. Now, gadgets are evolving to be multi-purpose tools. Mobilephones today not only call, but most allow texting, email, web-surfing,and a host of other features. These gadgets, whether a computer or aphone, allow people to stay more organized, stay in constantcommunication, and gain access to the outside world much more easilythan was ever possible without electronic gadgetry.A commonly overlooked negative side to electronic gadgetry is their
environmental impact. Non-biodegradable, non-recyclable electronicgadgets often end up in landfills or are shipped to crude facilities indeveloping countries. Without safe and efficient means of recycling,electronic wastes are burned to salvage bits of metal -- releasing toxicsubstances into the atmosphere, polluting the immediate environment andpotentially nearby water resources as well. The rapid increase in thenumber of electronic gadgets, as projected by the International EnergyAgency, not only means greater carbon dioxide emissions but alsoincreasing energy demands that will need to be met.Electronic devices are designed to save time and make people moreefficient. For many people, though, the increase in new inventions takesup more time. An efficient cool gadget might actually provide someonewith less free time due to the assortment of additions its providing.Regarding health, concerns have been raised about cell phones and braintumors; however, according to the National Cancer Institute, as of 2011,no link has been determined to exist. Another health concern is thatgadgetry tends to require immobility. Video games commonly take someof the blame for rises in childhood obesity during recent decades.