Cell Phones and Society

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Cell Phones and Society

Cell phones and other mobile technology devices have completely revolutionized the everyday lives of people all over the globe. I’m sure that anyone reading this right now owns a cell phone or at least knows several people who do own cell phones. Many people rely on cell phones and other mobile communication devices to proceed through their everyday lives. According to the U.N. Telecom Agency Report, there are at least 6 billion cell phone subscribers throughout the world (Goldberg). There are a little over 7 billion people living in the world ("How Many People Are There in the World?") so it is pretty obvious that cell phones are extremely common and are used by most people all over the planet.

When cell phones were first introduced to society they were extremely large and awkwardly shaped. They were used only to make phone calls and were not used nearly as frequently as they are today. Today cell phones are not only used to make phone calls, but also can be used to send and receive text messages, browse the internet, play games, listen to music, take pictures, record videos, hold contacts, and many other useful things. Cell phones have evolved in many ways in the past 40 years. Today, cell phones are small enough to fit in your pocket and can be used almost anywhere in the world.

The first mobile telephone call ever made was made on April 3, 1973 by a Motorola employee named Martin Cooper. Martin Cooper was in New York when he made his phone call to competitor AT&T saying “I’m ringing you just to see if my call sounds good at your end.” The call was made on a Motorola DynaTAC which was 9 inches tall, comprising 30 circuit boards, and had a talk time of 35 minutes and took nearly 10 hours to recharge. DynaTAC was an abbreviation for Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage. Even though the first call was made in 1973, this phone was not offered commercially until it went on sale March 6, 1983. It took close to 10 years for manufactures to advance the first cell phone so that it could be used by everybody. It was first priced at $3,995 and had LED light display for dialing or recall one of 30 numbers (Mobile Phone: 40th Anniversary Of The First Call).

Over the past few decades, cell phones have evolved much more quickly than its earlier innovators had suspected. When cell phones first started to be built I’m sure that no one even thought about the day when a cell phone would instantly be able to search the internet and tell you what’s going on anywhere around the world. At today’s day and age, everyone has the world at their fingertips. Bringing the internet to cell phones and other mobile technology devices opened up a whole other world to the technology community, but there are many both positive and negative effects of this on society all over the world.

The everyday lives and society in general have changed drastically in the past 30 – 40 years. Around 30 – 40 years ago, children would go outside and play or find some other productive activities to do to keep themselves occupied. Many children, teenagers, and even adults rely on their cell phones constantly and some couldn’t go a day without them. Kids everywhere are constantly getting in trouble for having their cell phones in school and other inappropriate places. Everyone is so reliant on their cell phones that they can’t find time, even in school, to take a break from their little phone screen and focus on more important things in life like school and work. A study, from researchers at the University of Haifa in Israel, focused on high school students at three different high schools. Out of the 591 students surveyed, 95 percent of them said they have regularly sent emails or texts during class and 94 percent said they have browsed the internet, usually on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Listening to music is another popular classroom activity, according to 93 percent of students. Even 91 percent of the...
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