Mosquito ringtones and communication tools

The concept of the Mosquito ringtone was developed by a British inventor named Howard Stapleton and the cause was to ward off the loitering teenagers from roaming outside stores and shops in the United Kingdom.
This was to be done without disturbing the adult shoppers. The central premise on which the conception of the Mosquito ringtone is based is the theory of presbycusis. Presbycusis refers to a biological concept which states that beyond the age of 20, adults gradually lose their power of hearing and they are unable to hear high frequency sound waves like those ranging between 18 to 20 KHz.

The problem aggravates at an older age but in young adults this problem is hardly noticed since the normal human communication usually ranges between 200 to 8000 hertz. The Mosquito ringtone produced sound waves ranging about 17.4 KHz which was comfortably inaudible to the adultís while the youngsters and teenagers could respond to them quickly.

The ringtone was so called as it produced a sound pattern similar to the buzzing of mosquitoes and therefore after a while it becomes extremely irritating and annoying to listen to this sound. This was devised as an effective method of dealing with the loitering teens and since its introduction in 2006, this concept spread like wildfire and was adapted in various parts of United Kingdom.

Teen Buzz may be referred to as a popular variant of this Mosquito ringtone and it was conceived as a ringtone which would enable students to be alerted upon the receiving of text messages while in a classroom without the knowledge of the teacher. Therefore a very common mode of functioning of the Mosquito ringtone has been in mobile or cellular phones.

Technological innovations and the availability of the internet as the commonest and widest tool of communication have further facilitated the implementation of the
Mosquito ringtone in these devices.