The History and Current Effects of the Cell Phone By Amanda Coyne
What is Cell Phone? A mobile telephone system using low powered radio transmitters, with each transmitter covering a distinct geographical area (cell), and computer equipment to switch a call from one area to another, thus enabling large scale car or portable phone service. (Definition from Dictionary.com)
Timeline (Continued) 1983 2007 1999 2010 1973 2001 1993 "People want to talk to other people - not a house, or an office, or a car. Given a choice, people will demand the freedom to communicate wherever they are.” –Martin Cooper
Do you use your cell phone more for internet or calling? 92
What do you use your cell phone for? 100 92 4 40 96
Do you own a home phone or just a cell phone? My results: “Those who have landline phones at home were asked: How likely are you to stop using your regular home phone and instead only use a cell phone? Some 8% said they were very likely to trade in their landline, and another 15% said they were somewhat likely to do so. More than half (55%) said they were not at all likely to go completely wireless with their phones.” Poll conducted by Pewinternet.org
Cell Phone Poll How much do you use your cell phone? My Results: 8 92
Do you consider yourself addicted to your cell phone? Need-to-know background information: Addiction is defined as “a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance.” 40 60
“Students use their phones heavily, and this has both positive affects [such as] staying in contact with friends and family, and negative ones too, [such as] financial costs and social costs. The most surprising finding was that a number of people reported they had lost a relationship or job due to mobile phone use.” -Dr. Sheffield
Convenience of the Cell Phone “New phones using GPS technology allow parents to track the location of a phone and thus, hopefully, their child.”
Future "Just think of what a world it would be if we could measure the characteristics of your body when you get sick and transmit those directly to a doctor or a computer. You could get diagnosed and cured instantly and wirelessly." “The killer feature of this concept phone is its ability to change the look of the display glass to match the current weather conditions of your location (i.e. sunny day equals clear screen, rainy day equals virtual droplets on your screen).”
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