I can live with it. I Can't leave home without it


Cell phone. The most dominant device a human being could ever encounter. In 1973, the cell phone first came on the scene for testing purposes. In 1997, the cell phone became a regular purchase at stores until now. People no longer had to wait until they get home to call someone on the telephone. Other options before cell phone use were using the phone at a business establishment or using the payphone somewhere on the street or nearby subway station. This mobile device became convenient for owners. A phone call and verbal contact made simple at any time and in any place. The cell phone has different names such as cellular phone, mobile phone, hand phone, mobile, or cell for short. The primary features of this mobile include talk, text, receive messages, contacts, and internet access. The cell phone contains other non-communication features. Applications include time clock, alarm, calculator, and a few games.

The cellular phone contains all these positive attributes to the owner of this unique instrument. However, during the time of its existence, there are a few things a cell user must bear in mind. The cell phone has become the culture for some users. In 2012, there was a mobility poll taken in the U.S. from a famous magazine. About 84% of cell phone users said they could not miss a single day without their mobile device in their hands. In addition to that, there were significant percentages from that poll that have serious addiction problems. For example, from the result of these polls, the users consume more time with their cell phones in their hands than their personal belongings, the vehicle they drive, their hobbies, and their spouses.

The next factor with mobile phones is the attention of the user. We all know that "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder." For cell phone owners, it has become the duty of the eyes of the holder. The most important thing that deems most valuable before for a male or female was a wallet or purse. These items contain identification, credit cards, debit cards, money, etc. Not any more! Now with advance technology, the latest cell phones can carry most of these applications.

The cell is the lifestyle beyond anything else. The device becomes for some users more intimate than a spouse, friend, client, and even television as well. Wake up in the morning, the first thing some users do is pick up their cell. Then use it inside the washroom. Whether users use the toilet, brush their teeth, take a shower, a cell check is a priority. The eye and mind are in constant view of potential calls, texts, and plans for the day, and the user has not even made it to the kitchen yet. This activity from a mobile owner is an example of how severe addiction to a cell phone can get in. The average Americans in late 2014 check their phones were almost 50 times per day. The young adults average just below 75 checks per day while older people are about half of that mark.

The amount of time spent on a cell phone daily is between 4 - 5 hours on average in the U.S. This might not be accurate nowadays given the improvements in cell phone technology, people can pretty much do more things on it, since when it first came out. The days for people enjoying a natural day without electronics is out the door. If you want to find an area that is not within your reach, but you have an idea, check the map by searching the app on your cell phone. Cell phone enables the user to see a place and not be there physically.

The disadvantage of cell phone use, in the long run, may take a toll on a person. If a user is using the cell phone for long periods at a time throughout the day, the body will need a break. Eyes need to blink, the brain not to think, fingers and hands need to shake. Similar to a classroom where students receive a few minute's breaks before the next class session.

The advantage of cell phone use is networking. This device helps schedule social plans, business plans, events, and other significant appointments. Meet up with clients, friends, and family.

Cell phones can be a positive life experience. If each user incorporates balance and self-discipline daily, it could potentially be a healthy environment.

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