Almost every student today carries around a cell phone in their pocket. Cell phones vary in size, color, and brands. The cell phone a person chooses reflects their personality and preference. But this begs the question, what is a cell phone? A cell phone is an electronic device that connects people with other parts of the world. The first cell phone was created by Dr. Martin Cooper. Compared to todays cellular devices it was described as a brick phone. Today’s cell phones have more features than the old brick phones, such as touch screen capabilities. Today smart phones allow a person to make calls, send and receive text messages, access the internet to search information, update statuses, and much more. Don’t forget that games, music,
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Not only has texting been on the rise, the type of phone used has also changed. Almost two-thirds of teen phones in use today are smart phones. That is a forty-one percent increase since 2011. Now after Ofcom conducted this research, they also asked teenagers what their most missed electronic device would be. Two-fifths of students said it would be their cellular device. There students were aged twelve to fifteen (The New 30-a-day habit). There are higher health risks for students who hypertext. Hyper Texters are students who send (on average) 120 text messages on school days. One half of seven to twelve grade students admitted to texting daily for at least one hour and thirty minutes (Hyper Texting Teens Face Greater Health Risks).
Another con to cell phones is the distraction they can potentially create in a vehicle. New teen drivers can already be distracted by other passengers, music, and eating or drinking. Now imagine throwing a cell phone into that equation. Texting and driving is not only illegal in Minnesota for any age of a person, but it is very dangerous. Teenagers can be looking at their phone and easily go into a ditch, or worse into oncoming traffic. Driving distracted is not only dangerous to the texter, but to other passengers in the vehicle, and other vehicles on the road.
Today driving distracted is considered a “hazardous practice” and should be avoided. Shockingly enough in 2010 alone, 416,000 injuries and 3,100 deaths have