Cell phones are part of our lives that we cannot reject or simply say no to, because they keep us in touch with the modern world and our surrounding. Nevertheless, we can drastically reduce the usage of cell phones in order to liberate our free time and commit ourselves to something more important.
Reading William Safire’s article about cellumania made me realize that I use cell phone more then two hours per day and that I am constantly dependent on it in order to survive my daily activities. I need it to schedule meetings, call friend and family, check email, download needed content and follow the school, social and world news. On the other hand, I cannot fully agree with Safire that cell phones are that addictive and freedom taking. From my perspective there is nothing negative or bad about being up to date with happenings or being in constant contact with the people you need but there is a negative aspect of overusing the phone, but there is a problem when one overuses the mobile phone.
How do you know if you are overusing it?
Well if you talk while driving, if you can not put it away during the weekend barbeque or if you take it on the beech during your vacation.
There is no doubt that mobile phones are addictive, even more then cigarettes, but from my point of view, that addiction can be controlled and turned around into a good aspect of your life, and more importantly timesaving.
That point is certainly the strongest defender of cell phones.
Cell phones save you from running to your office or home to check email or watching television or newspapers to see the stocks and news, getting lost or stuck in traffic or even save you from carrying a camera and pulling it out every time you want to take a photo. All these aspects of the cell phone save time and time is the most important thing we have in our lives. Unneeded time waist can be eliminated by just one click on your cell.
As much as mobiles can help you, they can lead you into disaster.
In a 2005 study, Ford Motor Company found that adult and teens have a 3% miss rate in identifying potentially dangerous events while driving undistracted. That miss rate rose up to 13% with adults and more then 50% with teenagers while they were using cell phones while driving.
To top it all of, texting while driving is considered to be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The modern world is making people use mobile phones and in large amounts in order to stay connected, but it is also making people use it responsibly. That’s why nearly 100 countries in the world and more than 29 states in the U.S. banned mobile phone communication in a car while driving.
In essence, the mobile phone needs to be used for being connected and sociable while maintaining normal use and avoiding overuse that leads to psychological addiction.