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What are the pros and cons of cell phones?

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lizg10 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM via web

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What are the pros and cons of cell phones?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 12, 2010 at 10:06 AM (Answer #2)

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The major "pro" is convenience.  With a second one being safety.  With a cell phone, a person can always call wherever they need, even if they are not at home.  This can be very convenient when, for example, you are out at the store and need to find out what was on your list if you forgot it.

With a cell phone, you can call for help if your car breaks down or something like that happens.

The major con in my mind is that people overuse them.  They have loud conversations in inappropriate places.  And they use them while driving, which is very dangerous.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM (Answer #3)

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A positive aspect of cell phones is that we can keep in touch with family members and friends whi live far away more easily. Before cell phones, it was very expensive to make a long distance call, especially if it was overseas.

People like their children to have cell phones just for piece of mind. I know this from personal experience. My teenager can call me when she needs to be picked up after a school event and I can call her just to check in.

Talking on a cell phone and driving is very dangerous but what is even more dangerous is texting while driving. I see people engaging in this behavior and it is very scary. Texting while driving is responsible for many car accidents (and deaths) and should be more strictly enforced.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM (Answer #4)

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The pros of cellphones have to do with the convenience of having ready communication and available tools to obtain help, seek information, share information, and be closer to others.

The cons of cellphones these days have to do with the possibility of their radiation putting people at risk for brain cancer. In addition to it, the improper use of cell phones while driving, or inappropriately where you may disturb the privacy and rights of others is another main reason that they could pose as a con.

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 12, 2010 at 3:21 PM (Answer #5)

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Cell phones have greatly influenced society. Safety, for certain, is one benefit that they provide. If you are in an accident, you can call for help. If you are lost, if your car breaks down, wherever you go you have access to another person unless you are out of range of service. They have also been beneficial to business and industry. Because they do not charge for domestic long distance calls, communication with people across the country has been made more affordable. Business can be conducted anywhere a cell tower can reach, and today's smart phones can also help you navigate with GOS, can allow you to look up information on the Internet, and can even let you check e-mails and do work on your phone.

 

The disadvantages; however, are that they have become intrusive and have taken away from our face to face connections. Just go to any restaurant and you will see entire families glued to their cell phone screens instead of interacting with one another. So, in some ways, while we have closed a gap that physical distance once created between us and other members of our global society, we have also created a new gap fostering a divide between ourselves and the people who are physically closest to us. Additionally, of course, this attention to phones has also led to traffic accidents, cheating on tests, and other forms of fraud.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM (Answer #6)

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You may have noticed that since cell phones became affordable and universally available, very few people get lost anymore.  Every two years I take 80 kids to Washington DC and when they get lost in a city of 700,000 people and 200,000 tourists, I'm an easy phone call away.  One drawback is I can't get them to stop texting long enough to hear what I have to say about the Lincoln Memorial.

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ako6777 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM (Answer #7)

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The pros of cell phones is the ease of global communication and the availability of cell phones. My favorite feature of cell phones is the memory capabilities.  Being able to store phone numbers in my phone instead of carrying around a phone book is quite helpful. Being able to use the cell phone as a radio or camera is also beneficial.

The cons of cell phone are their over use.  People can be very rude when using a cell phone in public places. Not everyone wants to hear a personal conversation.  People who use cell phone tend to talk louder than needed because of the volume setting.  Also, people who use cell phones are not as observant as people who are not on a cell phone. People have been hit by cars because they were not paying attention while talking on the phone. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM (Answer #8)

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Cell phones allow us to stay in constant contact with one another. We are also safer in some ways, because help is always a phone call away. We also become overly dependent on our phones. We also become dependent on the instant contact. Phones can be dangerous too, especially driving!
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eaamon | eNoter

Posted January 14, 2012 at 4:31 AM (Answer #9)

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cell phone use at work can be very disruptive and unproductive. the business owner will suspend you or fire you. either talking or texting you might want to decide if you want to use the phone or keep your job.

but it does come in handy for a emergency.

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yamaguchityler | Student , Undergraduate | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted September 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM (Answer #10)

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Of course this question requires a very opinionated answer. Each person will believe in various pros and cons in regards to the use of cell phones. As for me, I believe cell phones, or smart phones these days, have many pros, but also many cons.

The pros: with the up to date technology being applied to cell phones, carriers are able to roam the internet, use various apps, snap good pictures, read the news, all on the go when it is convenient for them. We've all seen those Apple commercials that try and make the iPhone out to be this wonderful device that can assist you at any given time you may possibly need it. In this sense, a cell phone is used almost as a mini-computer, and can fit in your pocket. Furthermore, cell phones have the ability to make phone calls, exchange e-mails and texts, and communicate freely to almost anybody. 20 years ago, such a feat would seem unthinkable. Today, it's reality, and it's a great technology that has helped society thrive.

As for the cons: these days, many people are addicted to their smartphones. Instead of engaging in face to face physical conversation, many people are caught exchanging texts or e-mails instead. Gone are the days where people call each other just to see how they're doing. Now, with this new generation, anything but sending a text message is out of the norm. It's really quite said what this has turned in to, as many critics complain about how the new generation has lost the ability to have a meaningful conversation in person. Furthermore, the dependence of many on their cell phones, is a very disappointing aspect of this new technology. 

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