What are the pros and cons of 'cell phones'?What are the pros and cons of 'cell phones'?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I choose not to carry a cell phone since I relish my quiet time while driving, and often use this time to reconnect with my children.  However, most of the previous posters have mentioned what I would have:  Cell phones are portable, convenient, and have amazing capabilities these days (my grandmother would have never guessed a phone could fax someone, take a photo, text and email, find your family member in the mall via GPS, search the internet, order theatre tickets, and read a book...oh, yes, and call people. 

On the flip side, they are distracting in school, they cause many accidents while driving, they are expensive, and they do break easily.  The contracts you are often forced into are also a pain in the derriere.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My cell phone (less than three weeks old) just died today, so perhaps it's a good time to put in my two cents worth. Naturally, cell phones have the versatility of being able to carry and use it virtually anwhere--when there's a signal and if the phone is functioning. Most cells have the additional features of taking photos, texting, internet use, etc. But for old fashioned reliability, a home-based phone is still best. Their durability is amazing (at least the old ones made by Bell or AT&T); their use is constant unless phone lines are down; and they work without electricity. No doubt, cell phones are the way of the future, but the quality of some of them are highly questionable.

booksnmore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Been having a huge debate about this at our house!

Cons: cancer (look at studies from Scandinavian countries), danger while driving, constant distraction, interrupts real relationships (family, friends), lack of privacy, easily becomes an obsession, expense. And here's a new one...a friend told me that she is fearful of sending her daughter without a cell phone to spend the night because the other family ONLY has cell phones and she's afraid they won't be accessible in an emergency.

Pros: accessible/convenient, safety (esp. while traveling), social connection

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The pros of cellphones are: portability, availability, the ability to report emergencies and take pictures for documentation, the feasibility of going online and exploring the Net. They are great communication tools and help us stay closer together.

The cons of cellphones is that: Too much exposure to its radiation is reported to cause brain cancer, it could go off in a bad location, it may disturb others if not used properly, people might use them in dangerous situations such as driving, and during inappropriate times such as meetings and class.


ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The pros of cell phones are the ways in which they make day to day life more convenient. They provide easier access to others for emergencies situations, employment situations, and family situations. The cons are the ways in which cell phones infringe on day to day life. They provide distractions to drivers, distractions to students, and have a tendency to intrude and be used inappropriately in situations where privacy is expected.

Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my mind, the most important negative about cell phones is the loss of solitude for the human race.  We are never alone.  We can turn our phones off in order to maintain privacy, kind of, but unless we purposely leave our phones at home and disappear, we do not have absolute solitude.  And how often are we going to do that? 

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would have to agree that the biggest benefit of cell phones is convenience, however that might also be the biggest con also. No more getting away from the "office" you are always available!

krishna-agrawala | Student


  1. Enables us to communicate easily with others when we are on the move.
  2. It unable us to contact people without delay and give urgent messages. For example, when I am out shopping my wife may call me on my cell phone to buy something for her while I am shopping.
  3. It helps us to find the location of other people on the move. For example, a visitor coming to my house for the first time may tell me exactly where he is and seek direction to reach my house from there.
  4. SMS facility of Cell phones provides additional convenient way of communicating particularly when the other person is not in a position to take a call.
  5. SMS facility also enables us to send messages to multiple recipients.


  1. Use of cellphones while on the move can cause accidents. This can be while driving or even walking.
  2. Similarly using cell phones while doing some other work can cause poor work or accidents. For example a person may cut himself while using a knife.
  3. Use of cell phone in public places causes disturbance to others.
  4. Incoming cell phone calls when you are with other people may cause disturbance to you also.
  5. Cell phone radiation are health hazard,
epollock | Student

Cell phones are so ubiquitous that I believe that they account for many accidents, and not just driving, as they become more distracting. The phones will also be more time wasting as more and more games are added to them. They do provide mobility and convenience so they may outweigh the disadvantages.