mobile devices

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The growing use and popularity of mobile phones and other hand-held communication devices has contributed to the text and instant messaging phenomenon that is quickly replacing voice calls and face-to-face conversations. Prinz et al (2001: 119) note the significant reduction in the amount of phone calls made even on special occasions like Christmas and other holidays. Although mobile communicating devices have made cross-country and intercontinental communication cheap, quick, and convenient they have also contributed negatively to human interaction and the maintenance of relationships. In this essay, I will be discussing the positive and negative effects mobile phones and other hand-held communication devices have had on human interaction and relationships. I will be using more negative effects than positive to show that despite the benefits they have done more damage than good.
Mobile devices have made it easier than ever to connect with family and friends no matter where they are. These days there are mobile apps, websites, etc., that enable free and easy communication between any two locations in the world. The convenience that those features provide has made it so that people no longer bother making expensive long distance phone calls or purchasing tickets to visit loved ones because virtually any news can be conveyed using hand-held devices. These handheld devices not only enable people to keep in contact with their current friends but also to make new friends and expand their social circle with virtually no effort from either party (O'Keeffe, G. S., Clarke-Pearson, K. & Council on Communications & Media, 2011: 801).
According to Lenhart et al (2010: 4), 21% of teenagers who do not otherwise go online access the internet on...

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...ainst abuse and the other negative effects.

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