Cell Phones

Cellphones becoming a necessity

Using phones to purchase

Phones as video games

Children and cellphones

Cellphones as a part of our everyday lives

Everyone is familiar with the device known as a cell phone. Also known as a mobile phone, the cell phone has slowly incorporated itself into everyone’s everyday lives. To explain what a cell phone is, we must first go back to what a phone is. A telephone is a device that transmits and receives sound, mostly human voices, over a distance so that communication between two people at a distance would be made much more efficient. A cell phone takes that to the next level. At first, cell phones were used as a mobile phone, basically a telephone you could use on the go, without being restricted to within your house or by wires.  The cell phone eliminated the restrictions on the modern telephone by allowing people to make the telephone portable, but now it has grown into so much more.

The cell phone as evolved a lot since it was first introduced. The first models were very bulky and large, nowadays they are significantly smaller and compact. Before, they were only used for the sole purpose of calling people as well as receiving calls. Now, cell phones are flooded with technology. There is texting, internet, emailing, music, videos, games, touchscreen, and much more. People are now relying on the cell phone even more than ever. Since the cell phones have become much smaller and cheaper now, this means that people are better connected with each other since more people now have cell phones. Calling people may become an inconvenience, but the cell phones are not just limited to the abilities of a telephone. The cell phone is also capable of texting and connecting to the internet. By being able to connect to the internet everywhere, people will constantly be connected to information as well as to their emails and other people. They can also purchase merchandise online by using their phones. The other thing, text messaging, also keeps people connected. Text messaging are brief messages that are passed between people using their phones. Nowadays images, videos, and sounds can also be incorporated into a “text” message. So basically people are able to have conversations with others throughout the day without having to stop what they are doing in order to continue the conversation.

The number of people who use cell phones have increased dramatically. Children, job seekers, and businessmen all use it. One of the main reasons children first get a cell phone is in case of an emergency. It helps assure the parents that the child is able to get a hold of them in case of an emergency. From there it grows. The children start using it for apps, for texting, for games, even internet. One of the main dangers of children using the cell phone for those purposes is that they are able to rack up a huge phone bill without even realizing they are doing it. As children become more accustom to the uses of a cell phone, the harder it is to let it go at a later age. Many jobseekers and businessmen use cell phones with internet capabilities. One woman claimed so got her phone solely for job searching so she is able to stay in contact with whichever company she applied for the moment they contacted her instead of waiting until she got home. One businessman states that he feels he is basically carrying a mini computer in his pocket that he can use for anything. There are also dangers to how addicting and how useful the cell phone has become. People now tend to multitask more, while they are walking, driving, or working. This causes many problems, especially if people are not able to pay attention to their surroundings.

Cell phones have come a long way since they were first introduced. Cell phones were convenient since it removed the restrictions telephones had on us by making it portable. It has come to incorporate text messaging, internet, video, camera, games, emailing, and more. People are now able to purchase merchandise online, check the weather, check their location via GPS, even message their friends in other states. People now have become much more connected due to the cell phones, but they are also immersing themselves more and more into the cell phone. Some people are unable to function without it, it has become a necessity for some people while years before it was only owned by some.

One of the things that came up in our group discussion was how a product was made in order to please the customers. For example Microsoft and Apple both of different ways of marketing their products. Microsoft tries to spread out to their audience while Apple relies on their loyal customers. It was only a brief period of time after Apple came out with iPods that they became an instant hit. Cell phones have also been growing once people saw the use for them. It seems like as long the product makes its way out into society, the product will have the potential to become the next big thing, which will then see it’s way into everyone’s everyday lives.

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~ by shao4 on April 9, 2010.

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