If there is one thing that youths would tell you they cannot live without today, it would have to be their mobile phones.

The device is being used by the youths for texts, multimedia messaging, keeping up with new trends on social media, getting news updates, listening to music and watching movies.

In fact in China the cell phone craze has seen the use of television sets dropping to 30 percent from 70 percent three years ago as more people become technological savvy.

Zimbabwean youths have also not been left behind and many urban youths confess to be addicted to their mobile phones.

However, while the urban youths have the luxury of accessing the internet and various new media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and We Chat, among other applications as and when they want, making a simple phone call is a toll order for their counterparts in the rural areas.

Limited mobile network coverage has seen the youths in Matopo having to identify particular spots where they can be able to use their mobile devices.

The need for the government to therefore work towards bridging the digital divide cannot be over emphasised.

Currently, there are 50 000 people in the border areas of Matabeleland South who are relying on network services from Botswana and South Africa.