The Growth of the Cell Phone Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on the health, safety and social issues with the cell phone.
# 149654 | 3,804 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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Chosen as a "Paper of the Week":

Paper of the week
Cell phones, like computers, televisions, tablets and mp3 players are ubiquitous today, but not that long ago, none of these devices were a common household item.  Take for example, the cell phone, which up until the 1990s, was very expensive and not nearly as portable as today's cell phones.  Their growth in popularity didn't really take off until the early 1990s.  The technology for portable phones and cell phones, however, has been around for a long time.  For example, on October 9, 1947, the 1st telephone conversation between a moving car and a plane took place.  Of course, since then, "the rest is history".  But in honor of that important day in telephone history, paper #149654, "The Growth of the Cell Phone", was chosen as this week's Paper of the Week on AcaDemon.  This paper presents an in-depth examination of the birth of the cell phone, its evolution, trends, and positive and negative impacts.  The paper begins with a brief history of wireless technology and continues with an investigation into what research studies say on the dangers that cell phones pose.  This paper is not only thoroughly researched, but is also highly informative and interesting to read.


The paper provides a brief history of wireless technology and looks at the dangers of cell phone use during driving and at the research on whether cell phones cause cancer. The paper discusses the issues involved in teenagers' enormous use of texting and also provides statistics on the recycling and reuse of cell phones.

Literature Review: Brief History of Wireless Technology
Obvious Dangers of Cell Phone Use
Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? A Potential Danger
Cell Phones and Texting
Recycling Cell Phones

From the Paper:

"The modern cell phone - with its amazing versatility - may be relatively new, but wireless technology is not new per se, according to authors James B. Murray and Lisa Dickey. Their book, The Frenzied Launch of the Cellular Revolution in America, points out that Girglielmo Marconi was the first person to "successfully transmit Morse code via invisible waves in the air" (Murray, et al, p. 15) in the late 1800s. Marconi was helped by the discoveries that German inventor Heinrich Hertz had made as to the existence of wireless waves (radio waves) in 1887. And just at the turn of the 20th Century, American professor Reginald Fessenden "figured out how to transmit the human voice across radio waves," which was the marriage of two technologies, wireless and telephony, the "earliest seeds of the modern cell phone industry" (Murray, p. 15). It was Marconi's wireless technology (Morse code) that was used on board the sinking Titanic (in 1912) to call upon the Carpathia vessel - 50 miles away - to rush to the scene and save hundreds of Titanic's passengers (Murray, p. 16).
"Meantime airplanes began to fill the skies in the 1920s, and wireless radios were a huge help in communication ground to air. Also, the Detroit Police Department began using mobile radios in squad cars in 1921, albeit the radios only worked one way; the dispatcher could call the cars, but the police had to pull over and use a pay phone to get back to the dispatchers (Murray, p. 16)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hafner, Katie. "Texting May Be Taking a Toll." The New York Times. Retrieved June9, 2009, from
  • Hannan, Larry. "Florida, Georgia have yet to ban texting, talking on cell phone whileDriving." News/Jacksonville. 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2009, from
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  • MacArthur, John D. "Cell Phones and the Brain." Townsend Letter for Doctors &Patients. Retrieved June 10, 2009, from
  • Most, Eric. "Calling All Cell Phones: Collection, Reuse, and Recycling Programs in the U.S. Inform, 2003. Retrieved June 10, 2009, from

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