The Negative Effects of a Cellphone

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When the first cellular phone was invented, its uses only went as far as a phone call. As time and technology advanced, so did the development of the cell phone. A basic phone today can make calls, take photos and videos and even function as a GPS. But with the advantages comes the disadvantages. The increased use of cell phones has had a negative influence on society. For example, the use of cellphones has limited socializing, the demand and costs have affected consumers negatively and they have also been a common factor in many car accidents, including fatalities.

The dependency of cellphones has had a negative social effect. The cell phone is probably one of the most commonly owned devices in America. “75% of all American teens ages 12-17 own a cell phone, and 66% use their phones to send or receive text messages.” (Madden and Lenhart 2) The cell phone has become the primary source of communication for many people. The simplicity of typing a message, or making a phone call rather than relaying that message in person has resulted in a disconnect from society for many people. “Reliance on a relatively quick and cheap form of interaction means that we might dispense with the longer and more ponderous process of a personal visit.” (Ling 185). So, although you may communicate more often through cellphones, the physical part of a relationship is neglected. As a result of depending on cellphones as a main source of communication one may, in a sense, forfeit a substantial portion of a much needed social life. Moreover, socializing is an acquired ability, an ability that is significant in the growth and maturation of children and teens. The over use of cellphones can impede one from fully exercising these abilities.

A large number of people own and use cellphones regularly. So much so that it has become a societal norm. Almost every place one may go cell phones are practically expected of them. For example, at some doctors’ offices they offer a free texting...
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