The Pros and Cons of Cell Phones

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Forty-one years ago on April 7, 1973, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper changed the world by making the world’s first cell phone call. With a 10-inch-long, 2.5-pound phone nicknamed “the brick” he called his engineering nemesis at the much bigger company Bell Labs (Here& Now, 2014). The phone gave 30 minutes of talk time after 10 hours of recharging and it cost a grand total of $3995. In those days, the average middle-class person could not afford to buy a mobile phone. By the late 1990s, cell phones became progressively accessible to the overall population. (Ef.org.vt.edu, 2014). Ever since then the sizes and the technologies in and of cell phones has been changing to accommodate the masses. Decades later, cell phones, and now smartphones, live in the pocket or purse of nearly everyone in the United States. Cell phones tell us the time, give us directions, take pictures, entertain us and help us exercise, all while making it possible to post each and every sordid detail to the internet without going anywhere near a computer. These new devices however convenient also bring complications along with them. This research paper will delved into the advantages and disadvantages of a cell phone, visit the health risk and factors affecting people who are exposed to cell phones, Discuss how cell phones have changed our way of communicating and socializing with one another, outline preventative measures surrounding the way cell phones have degraded our way of life and expound on the Thesis: Though cellular phones have provided many advantages since inception their cause more harm than their benefits they are worth. Definition of Terms Cell Phones: A portable phone that uses wireless technology to send and receive phone signals. This technolog... ... middle of paper ... ...e-inventor [Accessed 6 May. 2014]. Imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov, (2014). Electromagnetic Spectrum -Introduction. [online] Available at:http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/emspectrum.html [Accessed 8 May. 2014]. Phone, H. (2014). How to Protect Yourself when Using a Cell Phone. [online] wikiHow. Available at: http://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Yourself-when-Using-a-Cell-Phone[Accessed 9 May. 2014]. Rothman, K. (2008). “Epidemiological Evidence on Health Risks of Cellular Telephones.”. [online] Available at:http://www.controlyourimpact.com/2008/03/disadvantages-of-cell-phones/#_note-1[Accessed 8 May. 2014]. Serrano, T. (2013). Cell Phones Can Harbor Dangerous Levels of Germs and Bacteria. [online] Cellphone-Health Blog. Available at:http://blog.cellphone-health.com/2013/06/cell-phones-can-harbor-dangerous-levels-of-germs-and-bacteria.html/[Accessed 9 May. 2014].
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