Write an argumentative paragraph on the following topic: "The use of cellphones can make users stupid."Write an argumentative paragraph on the following topic: "The use of cellphones can make users...

Write an argumentative paragraph on the following topic: "The use of cellphones can make users stupid."

Write an argumentative paragraph on the following topic: "The use of cellphones can make users stupid."

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think you are going to find anyone to write the paragraph for you here.  This will end up falling on your broad shoulders.  There are some initial starting points that can help you formulate the writing of this paragraph, though.  The first point that needs clarification is how you are going to define "stupidity."  I think that you will need to work on this because, simply put, you cannot really prove that cell phone usage makes people "stupid."   The term itself, "stupid," means too many divergent qualities to too many people.  You will lose the reader in its use.  Another word might be needed, but before this happens, you will need to assess what it is you want to say.  To you, what does the term "stupid" mean?  What images are brought out in your mind with the use of such a term?  The next discussion point that you need to assess is how you are going to prove your discussion about cell phone usage.  Will facts or data be involved?  Are you going to use anecdotal narratives?  Combination of both?  This might be the next discussion point that needs to be raised.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Excellent suggestions by both posters.  The truth of the matter is that your proposition--"The use of cellphones can make users stupid"--is flawed.  The key word here for me is can.  This is an absolutely true statement.  Using cell phones can eliminate the need for people to remember other people's phone numbers, the need to do simple math to figure out a tip at a restaurant, to know anything about geography and time zones...and the list goes on indefinitely as phones get "smarter."   Even an old-fashioned, stimulating discussion among friends about who sang what song or what a particular character's name was in a movie can be cut short by a quick call or Internet search (depending on how advanced your cell phone is).  Using this device can make one dumber; the question is, does it?  That's where it would get tricky for me if I were writing this essay.  Happy writing!

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In concurrence with the above post, you may wish to examine the detrimental effects of spending much time technological devices that require merely passive participation.  There have been studies that demonstrate that teens' use of cellphones have kept them from doing their homework and engaging in activities or conversation with family members, etc.  Also, a recent study revealed that many teen place phones that are on under their pillows at night.  So, while parents think they are sleeping, they are actually texting friends instead.  Such activities that prevent teens from the proper rest and from actively using their minds and/or bodies, can, indeed, make a person dull.  Remember the old adage of nursery rhymes?  "All work, and no play make Jack a dull boy."  Well, nowadays, all play and no work can now make Jack and Jill both dull, mentally shallow and personally superficial.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There's a commercial that says people use smartphones to do stupid things.  I think that people get so excited about the novelty of the toy and all the things it can do that they get goofy.  People also tend to forget phone numbers because they are stored in the phone.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the above posts are all driving you and this essay in the same direction: the more humans rely on cell phones (among other technology) the less we think for ourselves.  When it is not necessary, why do it?