When I began this project of cellular communications. I was very focused on trying to prove that cellphones are bad. I saw people all over the Community College’s campus with their heads down, their headphones on, or their phone to their ear. No one seemed to be “here” anymore. Everyone was involved in their own worlds that others were not invited to, and they seemed to prefer it that way.
I wanted to know why. Why were so many people content being involved with their phones so much and the people around them so little? I’m not saying I’m innocent in all of this. I’m guilty of texting and walking down a busy hallway, replying a message while talking face to face with another, and excusing myself from a conversation to answer a phone call. As much as I wish I didn’t do all of these things, sometimes it’s hard to stop. It seems so often we don’t even think about our actions, especially when it comes to texting, it’s become a habit. We hear that vibration or ring and it produces this feeling of a need to look, a need to check in, to reply, to see if someone is trying to talk to us and the need to answer. My question is why?
So I began to research our interactions with cell phones. I knew cell phones couldn’t be all bad, after all they give us the ability to stay connected with people we otherwise would not be able to. Cellphones also allow us to quickly pass information from one another nearly instantaneously and at any time. But even with these seemingly good qualities, I began to question, is it good to be connected so instantaneously at any time, with so many?
So I created a survey to see what my fellow college-going, cell phone-using peers thought about their own communications through cell phones. After getting the surveys back and organizing the data I found some interesting results. With this new information I went back to researching to see if my results were consistent with other studies research data. It turned out that much of what I discovered was very similar to what other research institutions had found. With this new, confirming information I went back to my original survey data, now proved to be unbiased question. Why are college students so tied to their phones? And my follow up questions, is it good or bad to be so tied to our cellphones? Does it help or hinder our communications?
In this section I am comparing the results of three surveys over college students and their interactions with cell phones. One of these surveys is my own survey that I conducted at JCCC (see appendix A), the other two are from researchers who surveyed at other colleges (see appendix B and C). When students were asked to rank their main purpose of a cell phone; they’re responses were, for safety in an emergency, followed by connecting with friends, work-related communication, entertainment, and tools/utility (American).
90% of students said texting was their most used form of communication. 51% of the texts are to friends, 23%...