Cell Phones are Dangerous Essay

769 Words Sep 27th, 2013 4 Pages
Cell Phones are dangerous Cell phones have consistently evolved both in function and design ever since Dr.Martin Cooper first invented the wireless handset in 1973. In those days, cell phones were merely used to make calls and store numbers. Contemporarily, the cell phone has evolved into a multifunction device with heterogeneous functions added including video camera, text messenger and so forth. As a result, this has changed in the way people use the cell phone. Despite all the obvious benefits these functions provide, this essay aims to argue that cell phones are dangerous specifically on crimes, distractions and health threats.

Firstly, cell phones are easily used as crime devices as they are very mobile friendly. This
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For example, busy business workers can multitask by talking to clients on the phone while driving. Despite that, researchers have found that driver distraction is one of the main causes of road crashes, it accounts for approximately one quarter of car crashes (Mypolice,2013). Opponents may argue that using hands-free devices is the solution. However, in 2005, Western Australia conducted a case-crossover study with results showing that the possibility of car crash increasing due to cell phones is four-fold, regardless of the presence of hands-free devices. Similarly, researchers at the University of Illinois have tested the hands-free approach and found it to be just as dangerous as driving with a cell phone in hand ( abc News,2005). This shows that the presence of hands-free devices is indifferent. Consequently, focusing on technologies is not the solution to combating road accident. A research collected for a study in New York suggest that even with the exploding use of cell phone nationally, there has been no dramatic increase in the number of car accidents. However, recently, London Evening Standard News reported a derailment of a Spanish Train, resulting in 79 deaths while the driver was on his phone. This evidently shows that cell phones can cause distractions. Therefore, it is nevertheless dangerous.

The third reason to oppose cell phones is the fact that it is a health hazard. Although cell phones may cause harm to one’s health, one

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