How Internet and Cell Phones Distract Us

explanatory Essay
1226 words
1226 words

In July of 2009, New York TImes reported an accident that involved a seventeen-year-old driver who was texting behind the wheel when the driver ran a red light, hitting another car which killed the person in that vehicle (“Texting Distractions”). A habit we have today is checking our phones as soon as they go off. We are not use to waiting to check our phones because we know we have instant access to anything we want. With smart phones, people are unaware of their surroundings. In Brave New World, Aldous Huxley envisioned a world that ends up like this. The way people get information and give out information is through smart phones. In 1973, the first cell phone was created by a man named Marty Cooper (Lerner). The first cell phone was big is size and only urban areas could get service. By 2006, cell phones were pocket sized. About 90% of the world’s population had a cell phone in 2009 and still increasing today (Lerner). Cell phones changed from just being little flip phones to touch screen smart phones. People used cell phones to contact people to talk. That’s the only thing that cell phones then were capable of doing at the time. Whenever smarts phones came out, the definition of cell phones changed. Cell phones were now called smart phones. Smart phones were capable of calling, texting, taking pictures, and getting on the internet. With the advances of cell phones, people are connected to their phones. Without smart phones, people would be lost. The internet was nonexistent until the computer was invented which was in the 1940’s (“Internet”). By then, the network was growing. In 1972, users created what we call electronic mail, or e-mails. In 1983 whenever TCP/IP was ready and finally adopted, the internet was finally crea... ... middle of paper ... ...f doing things. The bad habit of looking down at our phones will one day teach us a lesson. Work Cited "Cellular telephone." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Student Resources in Context. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. "Doctors Urge Research On Cell Phone Cancer Issue." All Things Considered 25 Sept. 2008. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper & Bros., 1946. Print. "Internet." UXL Encyclopedia of Science. U*X*L, 2001. Student Resources in Context. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. "Our Health: Breast cancer linked to cell phones?" Orange County Register [Santa Ana, CA] 2 Apr. 2010. Student Resources in Context. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. "Texting Distractions." Gale Student Resources in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Student Resources in Context. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that in brave new world, distractions are allowed. they provide a happy pill called soma to make them forget what they were trying to think about.
  • Explains that the internet is a popular place for people to get information faster and contacting people through social media.
  • Explains that cell phones and the internet can be a good thing, as it allows people to get things faster than wait for it to come through the newspaper.
  • Describes the gale encyclopedia of science's "cellular telephone." k. lee lerner and brenda wilmoth lerners.
  • Explains that uxl encyclopedia of science, 2001. student resources in context. web. 28 apr. 2014.
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