Which Are the Effects of Cellphone Messaging on Teenagers? Slavery or

Topics: Instant messaging, Mobile phone, Text messaging Pages: 2 (656 words) Published: December 1, 2002
Which are the effects of cellphone messaging on teenagers? Slavery or freedom? We hear a lot these days about instant messaging, - the ability to get/send a text message from/to anyone, anywhere, via wireless networks and some kind of portable device, which might be a fancy pager, a digital cellphone or a palmtop computer. The technology is here, though it doesn't work everywhere yet. We could argue about how affordable or reliable instant messaging is, but we can't deny it exists and will probably become more widespread. But is this a good thing? In my opinion, there are certain ways in which cellphone messaging affects many teenagers. Some teenagers believe that with the text message communication, enables them to express their feelings freely and sincerely to someone. This is why they like to be "plugged-in" with it all day long. I think that it depends on each person when considering if cellphone messaging is a kind of slavery or freedom because I belief in free will, therefore each of us have the choice of doing it or not. There are times when it's good, to ask for homework, to reach you in an mall, on a bus, at the theatre, or to call your mom so that she can pick you up from someplace. The "important thing" may be to know when to leave the cellphone or pager at home. Unfortunately, for some people, the fact that these things exist creates the expectation that they'll always use them. People need time away from work, time to be with their families, or with their cats, time to study, or just time to be alone. Many teenagers are forgetting that, and technology is making it too easy for them to do so. And yet, in the end I think it is a good thing, because an instant text message is less intrusive than a phone call. Anyone can send you a message, but you only have to deal with those that matter. That's better than the cell phone, which more or less forces you to answer without knowing if the call is important or not. But, instant text messaging isn't so...
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