Type: Process Essays
Sample donated: Stuart Hodges
Last updated: September 14, 2019
NameInstitutionProfessorCourseDate Cellphone Use and Texting Make It Difficult To Concentrate Cellphones have become the order of the day in this century and since their invention. This is simply because they have become more useful than the normal tasks of calling and texting.
Some of the common tasks that cellphones can perform include; internet surfing, photography, video recording, music download and playing, gaming, communication and blogging among many other tasks. Unfortunately almost anyone can use phones regardless of age. The truth of the matter is that cellphones cause many distractions during their use despite the fact that it has made communication easier. It is dangerous to drive while texting or making a call at the same time.
About 25% of accidents that happen on the road are caused by phone distractions which include not only talking and texting but also gaming or general operation of the pone. This is dangerous because in the process of using the cellphone, the driver is likely to shift their eyes from the road in order to concentrate on the cellphone. In addition it is possible to be carried away in a conversation depending on the nature or mood of the conversation. This automatically puts the safety of the pedestrians and the driver at risk if the driver cannot concentrate on the road (Neyens & Boyle, 2008).
Teens are finding it hard to complete their assignments because of phone addiction. It is not just for teens but also some adults. It is hard to distinguish between work and leisure for most adults nowadays. Most of them spent their time, watching news, sending emails and messages to friends and family even when at work.
Another online addiction that is catching up with most adults is gambling especially for the football lovers (Arnett, 1995). Employers are now using stealth spying programs to track the behavior of their employees. This is an expense that could be avoided were it not for the cellphones. Production is also highly reduced as much time is used in using the cellphones rather than work. Teens cannot complete their homework simply because they have to update their status on social media and catch up with friends. Some spend most of their time chatting with their boyfriends and girlfriends for hours that only sleep can stop them.
It is unfortunate that despite the law barring underage children from acquiring a phone, parents still buy phones for them. Parents can however devise a plan to control the use of the phone. This could help but only with an extra strictness since some teens leave huge monthly bills after surpassing their monthly plans. The problems that are posed by cellphones do not only involve distractions. Cellphones could leak very vital information to predators. There are also text related injuries which come about as a result of punching the buttons for too long.
A common effect related to texting is the Repetitive Stress Syndrome (RSI) which may lead to difficulties in movement and pain especially iin the joints and muscles according to Kundi, (2009). Another common effect that cuts across all ages is the failure to spell words correctly and writing. This is especially common among the teens that intentionally use certain letters with no proper punctuation for communication literally creating a language they can only understand. Distractions due use of cellphones have been associated to major setbacks in society. ReferencesOUT-LAW.
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