Cell phones in our lives
Is there anyone who doesn’t have a cell phone? Probably not. Not so long time ago a cell phone was a sign of prosperity and wellbeing, but these days we have a different scene. Cell phone industry is booming recently affecting many areas in our lives. Since 80’s a cell phone have changed a lot, becoming more than just a phone. These gadgets connect people through social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Nowadays everyone has a cellphone, and even a toddler know how to use it. Because of that, cellphones have affected many areas in our lives, for some effects are truly negative, and the others have a positive effect on our lives.
First of all, cell phones are ruining the social life of people. I consider this is a huge problem for our society. People have forgotten how to interact with each other. Before that, individuals went out to see each other, and to talk to each other, but now if you look around you’ll see that everyone is checking on his cellphone.
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In restaurants, everyone is viewing their smartphones checking on their Facebook status, messaging or doing other activities instead of sharing things with the person who is sitting next to him. Personally for me, this fact is very annoying.
I have some friends who are checking on their smartphones all the time. Once, my friend came to me; we were talking, and then suddenly she took her phone out and checked her Facebook. I was very angry because she didn’t hear a word what I said. I was offended. In my opinion, when a person is looking at his phone while someone is talking to that person that means that that person is showing lack of respect regarding the other person. Soon this phenomenon will become a disease, but I hope it won’t happen. People will realize that a real person is better than a cell phone.
Another negative effect of cell phones is on education. Without a good education we can’t hope to have a healthy and prosper society. In schools and colleges cell phones have become a major problem. Students text each other during classes. Sometimes it might be something really urgent and important, but most of the time students make fun of someone who is sitting in front of them, or make fun of the teacher. The worse part of this activity is that when you’re texting or checking you’re Facebook account, you can’t hear what teacher says.
I guess the student could be considered absent from that class. He can’t process any information that teacher tried to give him. Also, many student use cellphones to cheat on the tests and exams. Some of them try to find the information surfing the internet, and others have the answers in their cellphones saved in text format. I studied a few years in college in Romania, and I learned that students get very creative developing methods in cheating. In Romania, the most common way of cheating with cell phone is using a micro hand free earphone that is introduced in the ear.
When the student hears the question, he will whisper them into a small microphone attached to his jacket, and someone else will look up the answers for him and will tell him. I think this is very sad. Students get very creative with cell phone cheating, and it is very hard to detect a cheater. Cellphones can destroy the basics of our education. Cell phones not only have bad effects on our lives, but they also have major positive which keeps us connected. I think that cell phones improve lives for people who have families that live far away. Before cellphones people had just house phones, and it was hard to find somebody at home.
Especially for people who travel a lot, cellphones have helped considerably. You can call home or another cell device from any part of the world and tell people who care about you that you’re fine. Parents also appreciate the effect of cellphones on their families. If you’re children are late from school or from a party, you can always call and check if they’re fine, and where they are. Also, for people who emigrate to another country, cellphones have saved some nerves because sometimes you have a feeling that something isn’t right back at home, and you need to hear the voice that tells you that everything is fine.
Particularly during disasters it’s very important to have an opportunity to call home and to ask if they are fine. Cell phones facilitate reconnection with those relatives who live far from us, and keep us in touch with those who live much closer. In conclusion, cellphones have brought many things to our society. Some people consider them evil machines, others lifesavers. Every person can decide for himself how he feels about cellphones. In my opinion, cellphone is a great invention of XXI century, but people must learn to use them in moderation.