Logos Academy Debate Team 2010

Logos Academy Debate Team 2010

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cell phone addicted?



by Fernando Moya
I have a cellphone! And most of my friends have one, too. Do you have a cellphone? Well, a cellphone is a great invention for communciating for example when we, tennagers, go out to the mall or any place a cellphone is great for communicating with our parents, with our friends and even when school is over. What has got me thinking is that nowadays some teenagers are using it TOO MUCH!

We want to talk with our friends all day long and if we have a boy/girlfriend it will be worst, some teenagers are becoming obssesive. You might be saying "Thats a lie, NO WAY!" Yet, the real question is are we becoming addcited to the cellphone and haven't noticed it?
According to the Drug Hab Treatment Webpage, "...more than 225 million people carried cell phones in the U.S. in 2007, up from 34 million in 2005, and nearly two-thirds (63%) of teens own their cell phone."
Many parents have noticed obsessive behaviors in their teens, often so extreme they resemble addiction. Most teens spend an average of one hour a day on their cell phones. Add in the extra time they spend e-mailing, IMing, talking in person, or communicating through MySpace or Facebook, and it's not surprising so many children are getting hooked on their high-tech gadgets
But have mobile devices become too much of a good thing? While they provide constant access to people and information, they also make us more anxious and demanding. There's no excuse anymore for missing a call, e-mail or text message. "If you don't pick up a girl's phone call and you're dating her--my god, expect to buy flowers for her," says Shaun Mehtani, a restaurateur in Morristown, N.J.
Others, however, aren't convinced that high-usage of mobile devices is an addiction or even detrimental to most people's quality of life, if kept in check. "I believe [dependency] happens, but the extent to which it plays a harmful role in your life, that is another matter," says Scott W. Campbell, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who studies cellphone behaviors. "I don't think it's as harmful as substances or [that it] needs treatment," he says.
For me, addiction to cell phone does happen! They might not be so bad, but, still there are many people who are always with there bb on internet texting or on fb seeing pictures. We should learn how to control the use of our cell phones, they are a great invention! So, now think for a second... are you a cell phone addcit?

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think your right fer some people are cellphone addicted and they dont even know!!...In think cellphone is useful for talking with your parents when they arent there and for talking but not too much ...people shoulnt get addicted on that aqnd instead they should use it for useful stuff!!
Melanie
10c

LoReNa BaRrAzUeTa said...

well, if being an addicted to cell phone consists in spending more than an hour a day with it, then i am definitly an addict. But I really do not agree that because spending lots of time with cell phones means that we are addicted and that in order to stop this addiction we need treatment. It is illogical, because an addiction is a physical need named as a compulsion; and i am sure that people are not compulsive about their c.p, i am sure that in any time they want , they could easily stop using it.

Anonymous said...

i agree with your argument.Most teens dont admit or havent noticed they ARE addicted to their cellphones .For exqample,i just picked mine up right now lol
Parents should spend more time bonding with their children instead of buying them anything they want.
SOL VELASTEGUI 4B

Anonymous said...

I'm totally agree with you and I'm a cellphone addicted only with blackberry (: good article


Arianna Quintero

Anonymous said...

Good article, i think teens use their cellphones way too much including myself but we need to learn how to control that and use our time better.

-Jane Ricaurte

Anonymous said...

I think your right...some people are cellphone addicted.. and it is wrse if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend...but good thing that I aint adicetd!!
Melanie

Anonymous said...

I AGREE WITH YOU PEOPLE ARE CELPHONE ADDICTED, THEY DO NOT USE ONLY FOR NESSESARY THINGS!
CAMILA ARCOS

Yvii Yunez said...

im addicted to my bb.. but i dont really see this type of addcition bad.. because teenager connect on class yes.. is bad of course BUT teachers do it to.. so if they do it why we cant (:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, however not all are addited.! I wasnt but i think i'll.. so it just matter of time to all became cellphone addicted.
Paola Tinajero

JJ said...

Ver good article, this shosws us that cellphones can change our lives!!!. We must be careful and be responsible when we use it. We should only use it in cases of emergency, but not too much in the internet

Anonymous said...

i agree with you fernando, we are adicted and i say we because i dont live without facebook or my cellphone i need to comunicate with my friends all the time... bad really ba... =S
atte. estefania zevallos.

Anonymous said...

I am totally agrre with your article, i think that the cellphone is an addiction for all the teenagers and the adults too. cellphones changes our live style and we do not realize that because of it we are always stress.
andrea aguilera

Anonymous said...

I think having a cellphone is essential for everyone, but for emergency use only. But Im kind of on the side of teens that use it more for talking to friends (I cant help it).

Matias Polar

Anonymous said...

I agree with Fernando, know in our days we only think in the technology but until that is a good thing, we make that a damage to ourselves in using it all day long, but that is how we comunicated.

Michelle Hernandez

Anonymous said...

Yeah! This article is totally true! I am a cell phone addict! I have to accept it! We are living in a world in which the technology is one of the few things that actually are moving the world. For example: I can't live without my cellphone, even when I haven't a bb. Ivanna Díaz.

Anonymous said...

i agree with you, i think all the teenagers need to have a balance in the way they use the cellphones and other communications way.


karla pinargote

Anonymous said...

yes we are adicted.
we need the cellphone.
is too necesary.

juan pablo gellibert

Anonymous said...

The cellphone is something you use to communicate with another person, but, we, the teenagers use it more because it's something that is in style; I mean for example the blackberry, if one has it, everyone would want to have it. So I agree with you, it's an addiction and we have to know how to control ourselves.
Valeria Rugel

Anonymous said...

As technology advances there are more vice and addiction to it is why since very small we must be aware that not well depend on her cell phone especially because it is not indispensable
tatiana palma

Anonymous said...

Cellphones have, in a matter of speaking, become the new, most demanded drug inside our society. Some might say that device is completely harmless but, why? Just because it doesn't have the same effect as LSD does? Or as any other drug there is?
-Danu DOminguez

Anonymous said...

cell phones are very important, but people are using it in a bad way.. that makes communication being damage

luisa lanata

Anonymous said...

i think we are not adicted to celphones, we are adicted to comunication. And is the best way to have a good relationship with everybody.
Andreina Vanoni.

Anonymous said...

cell phones are very important, but people are using it in a bad way.. that makes communication being damage

luisa lanata

Anonymous said...

Many of the millions of messages exchanged between these high-tech devices are, not in the form of speech, but in the form of the written word. Instead of speaking into the handset, a growing number of mobile-phone users—especially youths—are using a facility called the Short Message Service (SMS). This service allows them, at relatively little expense, to type and send brief messages to each other. Because communicating in this way requires typing a message on the phone’s tiny keypad, SMS devotees use an abbreviated form of language that combines letters and numbers to make word sounds. Despite the inconvenience of composing and typing a message as opposed to speaking with the recipient, each month about 30 billion messages are exchanged worldwide.

What are all these messages about? A British study discovered that 42 percent of youths between the ages of 18 and 24 use SMS to flirt, 20 percent use this chic form of communication to ask a person out on a date, and 13 percent have used SMS to end a relationship.

Some social commentators worry that the mangled spelling and syntax used in SMS messages is harming the literacy skills of young ones. Others disagree, stating that the SMS phenomenon is “spawning the revival of writing in a new generation.” A spokesperson for a firm that produces an Australian dictionary told the Sun-Herald newspaper: “It’s not often we get the opportunity to develop a whole new style [of language] . . . the combination of text messaging [SMS] and the internet means young people are doing a lot more writing. [They] have to be fluent and articulate enough to pick up the style and master the in-words and the code . . . of the genre.”

- Javier..

-Ana Belén Hallón Torres. said...

I think the problem is not the cellphone itself, it is our need to stay connected with friends and family. If you really think about it we only use our blackberries to gossip or say relatively 'important' things to our friends, there are rare occasions in which people call us to inform about emergencies. If we had a little more patience and less availability to this electrical appliances, we could spend more quality time with our families and enjoy our lives.