Cell Phone-Your OpinionsI am doing a paper in English on cell phones and must obtain people's opinions on them.  So may I please have your opinions?  Thanks.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am protective of my privacy and use my cell once or twice a week at most.  There aren't that many people I want to talk to!  And I've never sent a text message.  But I know from history that education usually suffers when it rejects new technology.  From the fountain pen to the computer, some educators always fight against technology, and they usually lose.  I think it's time to start figuring out ways to use cell phones in the classroom.  Students can be supervised in most situations to ensure phones are kept in pockets, etc. during classes and tests.  But keeping them out of the school completely?  That's tough if not impossible.   Eventually, I think we'll need to incorporate them into the classroom.  Want to stop or at least slow down bullying by text?  Preteach third graders to send compliments using their phones.  Just a thought.

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cell phones--you either love them or hate them!  I love the convenience of being able to get an answer from someone right now if I have a question and in taking care of important business right when it needs to be taken care of.  Texting is especially handy to know and have!  They are nice to have if you have an emergency.  On the other hand, they are a big nuisance if you're trying to sleep, eat, drive, or take a shower!  They are an invasion of privacy sometimes, especially if telemarketers get hold of your number!  Texting is dangerous while driving and a waste of time for young people who get on just to jabber and pass their time. 

Overall, I'd have to say cell phones are more of a blessing than a cursing.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

While they can become a nuisance, cell phones afford many women and men a sense of security and assurance that loved ones can be contacted when necessary.  And, anyone who has had her or his car break down along the interstate or any road--or had a wreck--certainly knows the value of a cell phone.

The iphones and blackberries compensate for forgetfulness, as well.  Access to the internet at any given moment is a boon when one has an immediate need for some information or contact.  However, the business person never gets to totally relax nowadays as she/he can always be contacted and ask to do something "right now."


brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I use mine all the time, both to my benefit and detriment.  It's wonderful to be able to take care of the details and personal contacts I need to while I am on the move or away from a landline.  It keeps me in closer contact by text and phone call with the people I care about.

That said, it has broken down some of the polite and personal relationships we have too.  People are more likely to say things in text that we would consider rude face to face.  People talk in the checkout line, talk loudly while walking through the store, and break the social rules of politeness in the name of being connected 24/7.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cell phone in the world of education do seem to be used detrimentally right now with students texting and even surfing the net as they choose.

I believe technology will eventually be available so that a building will have the capacity to control them. For example, it might be possible one day, that students could use their phones as a computer or communication tool with the teacher to a benefit. (i.e., texting an answer to a centralized email address that gives instantaneous feedback.)

For right now, they are a distraction that needs to be kept out of the classroom.

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cell phones--you've got to both love them and hate them!  On the good side, they help us stay in touch for business, family, and personal use.  A quick call or text get a quick answer and away we go!  But, ont he bad side, cell phones are annoying when they interrupt something important or when kids use them to waste time or cheat in school.  And, they are a dangerous distraction when driving!  I think we just have to weigh the pros and cons to decide if they are valuable or not.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I hate cell phones--and I still refuse to own one. There are times when it would be handy to have one, but there's always somebody around to lend one to me. I just don't believe you need to be available to people 24 hours a day. I hate to see people walking down the grocery store aisle deep in conversation with somebody. Worst yet, they can't get off the phone long enough to pay for their purchases. What is so important that you can't wait 5 minutes to talk about????!!!!

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Cell Phone-Your Opinions

I am doing a paper in English on cell phones and must obtain people's opinions on them.  So may I please have your opinions?  Thanks.

I love and hate cell phones!  At times I love them because I can stay in touch with people and stay abreast of things.  I hate them because they interrupt what I'm doing sometimes.  The texting is very convenient, too, but could be dangerous when driving or using equipment.

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, the iPhone has really changed things. It is actually a mini-computer that also can make phone calls and send messages. New phones like Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One and HTC Hero are also created in this mold. The change from "phones" to "pocket computers" is now underway and in the future most devices will probably be more like small computers than just a simple phone.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Cell phones are useful, but should not be at school.  With all the texting that goes on, students tend to "talk" during class when they should be focusing on the topic at hand.  They may even be tempted cheat on tests by texting to students in the same class.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't have one and I don't wish I did.  But then again, hardly anyone ever calls me even on my landline.  As my kids get older, I'll probably want them to have phones if for nothing else so they'll be able to contact me whenever.

do-right | Student
Very useful! i can't live without a Cell phone, need it to be intouch with friends, Family.... Recieving a call gives the feeling of being alife, it is a clue of ones existance.
monte-carlo | Student

I would say student can use there cell phone. But there does have to exceptions like they will have to be caught up with there work, and no missing assignments.

coachn72 | Student

As with any other tool or technological advance, cell phones can either prove to be a boon or a hindrance. I think about all of the phones that can search the Internet and play music and keep one connected with the community. Obviously, cell phones place huge resources in the palm of our hand.

Just as with any form of communication, one must learn to use a cell phone appropriately. The time that can be saved in getting work done by being able to get in touch with people immediately can be great. If you don't want to be contacted at all times, then don't give your cell phone number out to a wide audience or turn it off when you need a little time for yourself.

The need for politeness, awareness of others, and integrity does not change with the advent of new technology. We did not discontinue the use of paper just because bits of it could be used to make a "cheat sheet."

Happy texting!

rlmorai | Student

I think that the purpose and use of cell phones are highly misinterpreted. Many people (old and young generations) think that they have no place in the classroom. The question is obvious to me. Why do we think that way?

We can not imagine teaching with cell phones in class or using them in our lesson plans because we did not grow up with them! We want to continue to cyclical pattern of teaching students the same classical way that our grandparents were taught. The difference is that the youth of today are NOT are grandparents!

Today, you cannot separate a user from a cell phone – especially someone that is a digital native or someone that has grown up with them. Because of cell phones, a new literacy has emerged: text-speak.

What is misinterpreted most about new literacies is their place in academia. It is not accepted or suitable to write academic papers in text-speak or digital lingo, it is also not accepted to speak in academic jargon when texting your friends.

I think that we need to make sure that we look at our audience when deciding what discourse we choose to communication. Does that mean that using cell phones in class is an evil thing? Absolutely not. I would argue that we can help students understand material better when we are cell-phone-users ourselves and can effectively and properly implement this technology into our lesson plans.


kbarnholdt | Student

Cell Phones are just another example of how the world is changing. 15 years ago if you had said that almost every American will have a cellular telephone that can make phone calls, but that is also internet active. The most important aspect of a Cellular telephone in school is that they ARE very easy tools for cheating, but with the proper training cell phones become tools in the classroom.

nusratfarah | Student

Yes, mobiles are undoubtedly necessary in our daily life. But because of its excessive use, the radiation can cause cancer. Try to hold your phone mostly on your left ear.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Cell phones have impacted people in a very big way.  Especially in India it has become the most widely used sophisticated appliance with much higher number of cell phones in use as compared to devices like radio, TV, music systems, and cameras.

Cell phones have definitely made life much easier in many different ways, which extends much beyond simple social or official communication. For example, it can be used to coordinate movements and timing of many people using cell phones. Now two person getting separated in a crowded place can find each other very easily using the cell phones. Also one an give much directions to reach a place more clearly by instructing the person progressively as he reaches the intended destination.

nusratfarah | Student

Cell phone has both good and bad effects, I think.

Cell phones have become a part and parcel of our life, through it we can be connected with people living in remote and distant areas. It has encompassed the world and brought it to a small instrument. Even, many cellphone which can be used as mini computers accessing internet, provides more help for us.

But mobiles are harmful for health, because, excessive use of cell phones can cause hearing problems, and can create cancer.


giorgiana1976 | Student

Mobile phones are useful in the modern society. But their excessive use is dangerous for your health .The use of additional cable systems with microphones and headphones, is recommended.

star-student | Student

i mean no one can live without them, now days they're like so fun, u call, text (comunicate), play games, internet. it's like a little pocket friend

epollock | Student

If you could use an iPod for school, you should be able to use a phone, with the right application. A teacher should be able to find a way to constructively use a phone during the school year if students are on it all the time.