There are more cell phones than residents in Britain (computerweekly.com, 2007). The first cell phone was invented by Dr. Martin Cooper and John F Mitchell in 1973 (Wikipedia.com, 2014). Cell phone use has escalated over the years. Not only does cell phone usage affect the character traits of a person and their ability to hold regular, face to face conversations, it also affects a person’s ability to have healthy, stable relationships.
Cell phones have changed from an item of luxury to an everyday necessity for some people. Twenty five years ago, a phone was just a way to contact someone. Mobile phones have become one of the most common tools of communications for both young and old. Cellular devices have redefined relationships and social conduct, and transformed the daily lives of many individuals. Cell phones no longer function just as a communication device. Today it has many other uses. Cell phones are used for games, calculators, texting, calendars, social sites, and pictures. In addition, there are many apps that one can download on a phone. Mobile phones help us keep track of our lives.
Addiction to cell phones has become so widespread that scientists have come up with a name for it. Nomophobia (an abbreviation for no-mobile-phone phobia) is being afraid of being out of mobile contact. Studies have shown that this anxiety affects 61% of men and 70% of women. Men tend to have two cell phones which may account for this inconsistency. (Urbandictionary.com, 2013.) Some people have become so addicted to their hand held devices
and can not even put them down at all, even while driving; this causes many accidents. Texting while driving has become a known danger now days, but not very many people know that texting while walking can be unsafe as well. Injuries from texting while walking are usually caused from lack of balance, bumping into things, tripping, and even walking into moving traffic. The rate of instances where someone is injured from texting while walking may be even greater than accidents from texting while driving (Griggs, 2014). Brandon Griggs of CNN.com confirms that in 2010, more than 1,500 pedestrians were taken to the emergency room for injuries related to texting while walking (Griggs, 2014). Azriela Jafe from Family First Mishpacha Magazine states that two thirds of these individuals who are affected are twenty-five years old or younger (Jafe, 2013). The use of cell phones has shot up therefore affecting our social lives.
Cell phones have influenced our social lives so much to the extent that people have an issue with talking face to face with other people. People are so used to talking on the phone and texting, that when it comes to talking in person they are at a loss. Texting is becoming the new face to face communication. People are becoming less and less comfortable with talking in person or even on the phone.
When was the last time you spoke to someone while you were in an elevator, waiting on line at your...