Our Cell Phones, Our Selves By Christine Rosen

2146 words - 9 pages

Since the Industrial Revolution, technology has become an essential tool in human life. Technology impacted lives in society by offering a way to “multitask” by using two or more technological devices. Technology and internet offers the facility to do homework faster through Google, while listening to music on Pandora or YouTube. Sometimes, you can even talk on the phone while you listen to music and do homework. All you need in order to multitask is to have all the technological devices needed. Many people consider technology as a positive change in our lives, because of the facilities it offers us. However, many other persons, like Christine Rosen, think that technology instead of improving our lives, it has only changed it negatively. Technology, in fact has provided us with many facilities, however such facilities are affecting our interactions with the physical space.
In the essay “Our Cell Phones, Our Selves” written by Christine Rosen, the author presents a brief history on how cell phones were introduced into society and how this artifact changed people’s interactions in the physical space. Rosen describes the first cell phone that appeared in 1983 as “hardly elegant,” big and expensive (458). Cell phones at that time were mainly used by important and affluent people. However, seven years later, cell phones became smaller and affordable provoking a big change in society. This big technological advance did not only affect the United States, but the entire world.
According to Rosen, the main reason why people acquire a cell phone is because of security. After the tragic event that occurred on September 11, 2001 in the United States cell phones started to play an important role in our lives. Rosen states that after this event “many people who had never considered owning a cell phone bought one.” Nevertheless, this necessity to feel secure by just holding a technological device, such as cellphones has caused a dependence on technology. Also, as the technology within those small devices increased, the number of people acquiring a cell phone also increased. This provoked a strong attachment between these devices and people.
Although, the main objective of acquiring a cell phone was to feel safe, cell phones have affected society’s life style. Rosen describes some ways in which using cell phones have affected our society. For example, under the subtitle of “Communication Delinquents” Rosen describes cell phones as a “facilitator and alibi for adulterous behavior.” Rosen is referring to the many spouses that use this device as a “discrete” way of communications with their affairs.
Rosen also describes how due to cell phones society is missing the value of politeness and privacy when being in public. The new cell phone society is breaking the “unspoken rules of behavior” when interacting in public, as Rosen describes. “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?” is one of the subtitles in Rosen’s essay, in which she strongly states that people are...

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