The Uses and Dangers of the Cell Phone Term Paper by Nicky

The Uses and Dangers of the Cell Phone
A discussion on the positive and negative impact of the cell phone on American society.
# 149013 | 1,329 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Computer and Technology (Technology) , Communication (General)

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The paper begins by looking at the studies on accidents caused by cell phones and text messaging and on how the cell phone has become one of the most essential and integral vehicles among people of all ages and backgrounds. The paper then considers the positive uses of cell phones at times of tragedy, emergency and disaster, in the aid of forensic investigations and in allowing families to keep in touch from afar. The paper suggests that since cell phones are so relatively new, perhaps it is still possible to take preventative measures that will allow them to be used in more positive ways than negative ones.

From the Paper:

"Though the concept of the cell phone was first devised in 1947, it took nearly until the early 1980s for this communication vehicle to be approved for commercial use in the United States. Yet, it did not take long for these phones to catch on. Over one million subscribers were making cell calls by 1990. Since then, the cell phone has impacted individuals of all ages in American society in many different ways--for good and for bad.
"On a refreshing spring day in 1973, Martin Cooper from Motorola walked down the streets of New York City with his new 30-ounce invention, the cell phone, and called his major competitor over at AT&T Bell Labs. His quote has since become almost as historically known as Alexander Bell's "Mr. Watson, come here! I need you." Cooper recalls: "As I walked down the street while talking on the phone, sophisticated New Yorkers gaped at the sight of someone actually moving around while making a phone call." It is difficult to believe that there was nothing like a cordless phone at that time. Cooper continues: "I made numerous calls, including one where I crossed the street while talking to a New York radio reporter - probably one of the more dangerous things I have ever done in my life" (Wireless Week)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Horrey, William & Wickens, Christopher, D. Examining the impact of cell phone conversations on driving. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, (2006) 48.1, 196-205
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