Dawn M. Campbell
December 9, 2013
Cell Phones: How have they changed Us Socially?
How has the mobile phone changed us socially? There’s a million and one ways here’s a few. Some people might find it hard to believe that there was once a time when cell phones weren’t around. Having to recall a time when letters were used to get messages back and forth from one person to another. Then slowly we added the addition of phones. In the beginning phones were just a way to contact people if they happened to be home when called. Then we invented cell phones. With them we can make and receive calls in almost any location and we can send text messages. History is replete with examples of new products and technologies that may initially meet with enthusiasm but later reveal unanticipated negative consequences later on. As usage of information and communication technologies has soared over the past decade, social critics have worried about our seeming inability to disconnect. Cell phones use has increased in the past years because now it is really easy and economical to have one. Year into year cell phones become easier to use and more things have been added to make them capable of doing just about anything we want them to do. Today, except making and receiving calls and also texting messages, we can do a lot of interesting things with them. For example we can listen to music, record voice notes, make video clips, play games, take pictures, and access the internet and many other things. One of the most technologically pervasive influences over the past decade has been the mobile phone. Mobile phone emerged as one of the defining technologies of our time and is having an impact on society in terms of creating an informative, connected, culturally innovative, participative, and converging society and on personal life of users in many ways including time use, privacy emancipation, safety, individuality, status and confidence, competence in communications and connectedness, amusing, confidentiality, planned life, time management. The mobile phone has rapidly become an integral and essential communication tool that is being used worldwide.