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Can a Cell Phone Affect Daily Life?

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Almost every student today carries around a cell phone in their pocket. Cell phones vary in size, color, and brands. The cell phone a person chooses reflects their personality and preference. But this begs the question, what is a cell phone? A cell phone is an electronic device that connects people with other parts of the world. The first cell phone was created by Dr. Martin Cooper. Compared to todays cellular devices it was described as a brick phone. Today’s cell phones have more features than the old brick phones, such as touch screen capabilities. Today smart phones allow a person to make calls, send and receive text messages, access the internet to search information, update statuses, and much more. Don’t forget that games, music, movies, and other fun perks can be downloaded (Computer Hope). With the cell phones that students carry in their pockets, can that really affect their daily lives? There are positives and negatives to every side of an argument. According to the article “The Cell Phone Turns 40: Pros and Cons to a Cordless Life” cell phones can provide a positive environment. They allow a person to stay connected with the world via access to the internet. Smart phones enable a person to use a GPS app without having to go and buy an actual new GPS for their vehicle. A smart phone can download many apps that will keep their owner organized, such as calendars, to do lists, calculators and many more apps people take for granted (The Cell Phone Turns 40). Now there is also the cons to having a cell phone. Students have become addicted to their cell phones. It is hard to find a group of teenagers who are not constantly on their phones, snapping “selfies”, updating a status, texting someone, or playing games (The Cell Phon... ... middle of paper ... ... trace. Other main cons are the fact that students could easily be distracted by technology in school. Students could access the internet and play games or play games that are pre downloaded to their phones. This distraction prevents learning and disrespects the teacher while there are teaching (Cell Phones at School). Students could abuse the power given to them. While checking how to spell a word on their dictionary app, students could easily reply to text messages. Students can also cheat. Such ways to get away with the cheating is to take a picture of a test the student is working on and forward it to other students in the building. This type of cheating can be hard to detect because after the picture has been saved or forwarded it can be easily erased. Answers can also be accessed by the internet that is on most smartphones of teenagers.
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