Thesis: Unless the risks of usage of cell phones outweighs the benefits, we should educate people on how to manage their usage of cell phones or use a different mean of communication.
The Effects that Cell Phones have on Society
In the United States of America, there are over one hundred million cell phone users. This number is growing at an astonishing rate of more than sixty thousand people per day. (Cellular Telephones) Thirty percent of all Americans have joined the mobile-phone revolution. A decade ago, cell phone usage in the United States was a rarity. (Raloff) The most common domestic appliance that Americans use every day is the cell phone, and we deserve the right to know the effects that this appliance is having on us. There are also many risks associated with cell phone usage. We must outweigh the risks and benefits for ourselves to decide if using cell phones is really worth it. Unless the risks of usage of cell phones outweighs the benefits, we should educate people on how to manage their usage of cell phones or use a different mean of communication. Cell Phones can be Distracting!
Cell phones can be a distracting nuisance in the busy life an American. People have been encouraged to carry on phone conversations in inappropriate situations. Many citizens complain that cell phones often interrupt church services and other activities that require silence or concentration. Cell phones frequently disrupt recreational and cultural functions, breaking down traditional lines between work and leisure. (Cellular Telephones) Many people complain that cell phones are invasive devices. Events such as weddings, funerals and live theatre productions are often interrupted when cell phone calls are received. Cell phones have made uninterrupted private or leisurely activities a rarity. Some citizens are also concerned that cell phones can cause car accidents by encouraging drivers to talk on the phone while behind the wheel. Cell phone conversations can diminish the ability for a driver to identify hazards and avoid accidents. Benjamin King, a spokesperson for Highway Watch, a California-based highway safety organization in Los Angeles, says that carrying a conversation while driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk. “If the phone is on, you’re asking for trouble,” King says. “It’s the equivalent of having a couple of drinks before you start the car.” (Cellular Telephones) Cell Phones and the Weakening of Relationships
Would you really want to spend time with someone who does nothing but sit there looking at their phone, texting and getting on social media, or are you the person sitting there on their phone nonstop for hours on end each day? It’s sad that this is what people in our society encounter each and every day. Many people claim that cell phone usage irritates them. They claim that it detracts people from the quality of life in general. As cell phone usage increases with little restriction, some citizens are demanding limits on when and where phone conversations can take place. According to Jill Andresky Fraser, author of “White Collar Sweatshop (2001),” many parents feel obligated to spend less quality time with their children. (Cellar Telephones) Cell Phones can make you dumb!?
Do you use the recent “text-lingo” when texting your family and friends? Do you use shorter versions of words or even use letters to symbolize those words? Do you use “lol”, “jk”, “brb”, “gtg”, or “lmbo”? If you do, then you may have fallen prey to the latest “text-lingo.” People in other countries would be surprised to find out what those letters from earlier actually stand for. Why can’t people use proper grammar while texting? They don’t realize that it will only take about two more seconds of their time to spell the whole message out instead of shortening everything. Plus you wouldn’t lose brain cells! People are in such a rush that they have to shorten everything that they send in a...
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