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Demand for mobiles, tablets surges

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 30

The Covid lockdown has hit almost every sector and led to huge losses. However, there is one business which remained largely unaffected during this period — the sale of mobile phones and tablets.

Smartphones and tablets are changing how teachers teach and students learn during this pandemic. There has been a surge in the demand for second-hand laptops, mobile phones, Wifi routers and tablets in the market due to the trend of online classes and work from home.

The demand for used laptops topped the list during the lockdown. With a ban on inter-state and inter-district travel, many buyers tried to find sellers from their respective districts. The rural areas have also seen a hike in purchase of electronic gadgets for online education.

Gurpreet Singh, a city resident, stated that he had three kids. Earlier, they did not have separate mobile phones, but he had to buy three second-hand mobile phones for their online studies.

Another parent, Mitul Jindal, said he also purchased two new tablets for his kids, so that they could attend the online classes.

Anil Garg, a mobile shop owner, said “The sale of mobile phones and tablets has seen a surge in the lockdown period due to online classes. Moreover, the demand for second-hand equipment was also high as it came in everyone’s budget”.

Meanwhile, Dr Vitul K Gupta, a health expert, said “Ideally, children below two years of age should not be exposed to gadgets. Children above two should not be staring at a computer screen for more than 30 minutes in one go”. They should take breaks every half-an-hour in case they need to sit longer, he added.

from The Tribune

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