“The Cordless Tie” Ellen Goodman has written many passages for the Boston Globe Her work has not gone unrecognized, in fact in 1981 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her hard work. Of her many passages “The Cordless Tie That Binds People To Work” is a article that to me, sticks out. Cellular Devices are a fairly new item, but today more and more people have cell phones. Their a great device for communications, and if they have saved people life’s. Like everything in this world too much of a good thing is bad. Before cell phones people went to work then went home.
According to cells online.com (n.d.), “Consumer demand quickly outstripped the cellular phone system's 1982 standards, by 1987, cellular phone subscribers exceeded one million, and the airways were crowded.” In 1982 cell phones were mostly owned by wealthy individuals or upper echelon business owners. They were considered a status symbol and since the power needed for them was demanding, they mostly were installed in cars they were not the cell phones of 2008. Over the last 25 years as mobile phones progressed they started to fall in pricing and size, original phones were large and expensive and out of the reach of most consumers. According to PCWorld a study suggested Shah (2007), “Cell phone ownership showed a dramatic increase globally, Wike said. In 2007, 81 percent of the U.S. population owned a cell phone, a 20 percent increase compared to 2002.” In a current figures according to MSNBC Sullivan (2008), “The cell phone industry, ... has some 137 million paying customers in the United States…” The growth for phone ownership is off the charts and along with the enormous sales of the units, technology has kept pace.
This segment would be the high users of text messaging, games, internet, and ring-tones. The phone would serve as a multi-media device and not just a telecommunication device. However, financially, it is not extremely attractive considering that most 15 – 18 year olds would need their parents to buy this phone and pay for the monthly service. Most college students rely on their parents for monthly allowances or to help them with the bills. So the target market that can actually afford to pay for the cell phone and the monthly service out of their pockets narrows down to 24-29.
There are many technologies that strongly interfere with our privacy, yet three are the major ones: cellphones, scanning, and surveillance cameras. "More people have cell phones than toilets," Times journalist Yue Wang. He said" Out of the world’s estimated 7 billion people, 6 billion have access mobile phones. Only 4.5 billion have access to working toilets." We are thriving for the newest cell phones; we buy the smartest and the most developed ones.
Cell phones: Talking and Texting With the vast majority of our country’s population using cell phones and with the advent of text messaging as a way of fast communication, people are able to communicate more easily than ever before. Cell phones are bridging communication gaps and allowing people to converse at any time instantly. However, using cell phones can be a health hazard and using them in certain situations illegal. Even with considering these concerns, text messaging has become exceptionally popular, especially with the younger generations, thus making the need for us to talk with one another almost obsolete. Talking on the phone has evolved over the years from speaking to an operator who will patch a call through to being able to dial a number on a touch screen and moments later a person is on the line.
Cost With monthly costs starting at $40 for voice service, as of 2009, cell phone use is expensive. Added to that are the costs of the hardware, text messaging, roaming, and downloading. You also typically are locked into contracts lasting one or two years. If service is unsatisfactory, your only option for ending service is to pay termination fees that can be $150 or more. Distraction Cell phones can ring in the middle of movies, music concerts, plays and other areas where silence is required, such as libraries, bookstores and hospital rooms.
While I'm sure all these devices have good intent, they have ultimately taken focus away from the road and put more focus on other things like taking a picture a posting it on Facebook or stopping at the drive thru to eat while on the go. We have traded safety for convenience, and common since for smart phones. Yet, as obvious as these hazards have become we still continue to ignore the fact that one thousand people a year are killed in auto accidents due to cell phone use and one of those thousand could easily be me, my brother, my best friend, or someone else I love. Why do we do this? Most people just feel invincible, particularity young people.
“How I use my Cell Phone throughout the day” On a daily basis, I use my cell phone for everything; from making calls, scheduling appointments, during school work, and keeping in contact with my family and friends. Having my cell phone I can call my job or my family to let them know if I would be late. In the process of getting my first cell phone, I cut my house phone off and I use my cell phone if I need to communication at any time. If I wouldn’t have my cell phone, I would be lost because I keep all of my important information in my files on my phone. I have all of my contacts, pictures, and some school work downloaded in my files.
Cell phones are truly wonderful things. You can talk, take photos, send messages and several other things. Millions of people all around the world use cell phones everyday but the question is, are they endangering their lives? There are concerns that cell phones cause cancer, brain tumors and other diseases in humans; but are these concerns justified? The question has been asked, “Is it ethical for cell phone companies to sell cell phones without a written health warning to the user?” Has daily exposure to electromagnetic fields, including extremely low frequency magnetic fields and radiofrequency, in the environment caused the public any health problems?
The modern cell phone is multifunctional with great mobility that allows an individual to communicate with anyone around the world. People want the instant access at any time and any location, to phone calls, emails, text messages and internet. With cell phone use, there is an instant gratification that leads to unforeseen problems with ethics and relationships. There are various issues that have manifested from modern cell phone use, which have had negative ramifications on public safety. (Lusted 2011) The use of modern cell phones has made a negative impact on society, which can be understood through the reduced face-to-face communication and lack of privacy that can lead to cyber bullying.