In today’s society, having a cell phone is almost a necessity to the average person. With the increase of modern technology, cell phones have become a handheld personal computer, with the ability to navigate, communicate, and store massive amounts of information. Although these tools are very useful, the question of whether the tools of the cell phone are safe or not are constantly raised. I believe that cell phones are dangerous, because of threat posed to safety, academic integrity, and communication skills in our society.
The most prominent danger that exists with cell phones is threat they pose to safety. One threat to safety is the invasion of privacy. An invasion of privacy is defined as “the intrusion of one’s personal belongings property, which will leave him/her vulnerable to theft” (Legal Dictionary). This theft could range from physical property, to the person’s identity such as credit card, or social security information. If personal information is disclosed to the wrong person, there could be dire consequences. Saved information in the phone may allow for someone else to easily log into certain applications and retrieve personal information. Geotagging, which is the assignment of a location to photos, videos, or other posts made on the internet, could also lead to potential danger. With this technological integrity compromised, the issue of physical safety is also at stake.
A study on mobile phone theft conducted by Home Office Research Studies states that one major area that is affected is crime, where in most studies, the root of many robberies was a cell phone device. Phone theft is a more recent and popular crime within the last 10-15 years, with the motives similar to traditional robberies. A thief will steal a phone in order to either make quick money, or have another phone resource. In public places such as shopping malls, there are kiosks where phones can be placed and traded in for money. This 21st century style pawn shop was a major cause in phone theft in places such as college campuses and neighborhoods. In a study conducted, crime in England was examined, in which phones were involved. Based on the findings, the researchers were able to conclude the following: “There were an estimated 330,000 offences involving phones recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2000-01 (6 per cent of all recorded crime). About 20-25% of all thefts take place in the course of robbery and thefts from the person (when phones are on or near their owner, but no force or threat of force is used) (Harrington 55). From the data and figure to the left, the studied concluded that phone theft was on the rise and becoming the main motive for personal robbery crimes. Alarmingly, even younger children are being targeted.
Studies have also shown that amongst society, the possession of a cell phone has increased the engagement in high-risk behaviors, such as driving while using a cell phone. Driver safety has always been a concern in our...