Are cell phones more useful for humans or more harmful?I can't get enough points for its harmul effects because it is used by so many people.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the radiation theory for harm from cell phones has been pretty well killed.  The same people worrying about radiation from cell phones are the ones who will not eat food that has been reheated in a microwave.  There are just too many other causes of radiation to make cell-phones the primary target.

I think if you want to discuss cell phones as harmful, you need to be researching in the area of car accidents caused by the use of the cell phone.  The number is reaching epidemic proportions.  Consider the new "No Phone Zone" campaign by Oprah, among the many other local and national advertisements to turn off the phone when driving a car.  This is going to be your best return (especially in researching) for the harmful effects of cell phones.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We live in a world where people use cell phones while doing literally everything.  While we've learned to be fairly good multi-taskers, when we talk on the phone and do other things we are distracted at least to some degree.  And now that cell phones are no longer just phones, the potential kinds of distractions are virtually unlimited.  Texting, video games, and a million other things can be going on with a phone, and the potential damage is huge. 

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would have to think they are more helpful than harmful. As someone else stated when cell phones first came out there were probably some just concerns. The cell phone has come so far from that time that I doubt there is enough radiation to cause any harm.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Cell phones are not harmful to people. They would not be sold and used by so many people if they were not safe. There have been plenty of studies done on potential harmful effecfs, but if there are any there will be long-term effects and we won't know them yet.
eaamon | Student

a lot of people are worried about cell phones and damage it may do to you.

do i think they can cause cancer? YES!

but I worry more about the cell towers than the handset. those antennas put out 1000 watts of microwave radiation.....than multiply that by the number of antennas on the tower. 1000 watts cooks popcorn just fine in your microwave oven right? when your outside near one what is it doing to your eyes?

krishna-agrawala | Student

There is no doubt that cellphones are very useful for people. They have added great convenience to people of all types in their personal life as well as in their work. However there are some disadvantages also associated with cell phones. These include:

  • Health hazard: The electromagnetic radiations generated by the cell phones while receiving and transmitting signals that enable location of cell phones, connection between cell phones and communicating, pose a health hazard for users of cell phones. The user is exposed more to such electromagnetic radiation while talking on cell phones. In addition some amount of exposure also takes place when these cell phones are just carried by a person.
  • Cell phones makes it possible to locate people on the move. This can be a blessing in urgency. However in many cases it also impinges on the privacy of individuals.
  • Cell phones, when used in public places, may cause disturbances to others. The electromagnetic radiations can also cause disturbances in other vital electronic equipments.
  • People often use cell phones while driving, walking, or performing some other work. This can interfere with such activities, leading to poor performance of work in almost all cases and serious accidents in at least some cases.

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