Are Cellphones Helping Us or Harming Us?


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I got my first cell phone when I was twelve as a Bat Mitzvah present from my grandparents. It was a horrible flip phone, and I wasn't even allowed to text from it. But it was still a phone and I felt as if I had one upped my friends by just having one. Now, six years later, it's not just having a cell phone that makes you cool, it's having a smartphone and even more specifically an iPhone. But that doesn't come so easily to most people. An article I found on the Wall Street Journal website says that cellphones are eating family budgets. Families that used to be able to go on several vacations and out to eat give those things up for the cost of having to pay for their smartphones. But this isn't going to get any easier. Wireless carriers just keep on upping the price of having a smartphone. The average households annual cell phone expenses rose from $1,110 in 2007 (when Apple's first phone came out) $1,226 in 2011. But that is just for ONE smartphone. Some families pay up to $4,000 a year for their cellphone services.
This cellphone trend is fantastic for companies such as Verizon and AT&T, but bad for us consumers. How big will the bills get before the cuts in the family budget become too much? Verizon, for example, used to have unlimited data, but now if you want to upgrade your phone you cannot get unlimited data. People are so desperate for these new technologies that they will upgrade and don't care about unlimited, so therefore Verizon gets more money and the consumers suffer in the long run. Verizon expects people to use more data and have to pay more for it.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, nine out of ten Americans have a cellphone. Just the other day I was watching "Saved By The Bell" and they all used pay phones. One kid had a huge chunky cellphone, but that was it. Now about twenty years later, it's weird if one of your friends doesn't have a cellphone. That is how people, especially the younger generation, communicate now. There isn't any way to get around it, it's simply the cost of living in this day and age. I'm scared to see how prices will be within the next twenty years...

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I got a cell phone at a pretty young age as well, and I remember I thought it was the coolest thing even though it was nothing compared to an IPhone. It is really amazing how fast technology advances and how quickly things become “outdated.” If you don’t have a cellphone in this day and time, you are out of the loop. But maybe it is bad that technology is advancing so fast; not only because of how materialistic it has made our society, but because of the health risks it is having on us. Cellphones in particular: a device that millions use on a daily basis.
Every time we use our cellphones, we are exposing ourselves to radiation, which gives off electromagnetic fields to our bodies. Due to the fact that we put the cell phone towards our ear when making calls, we are directly exposing our brains to the radiation as well. According to Natural News, “More than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone a long period of time -- ten years or more -- with a higher incidence of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas.” In addition, a study that was conducted at the Medical University in Graz, Austria concluded that using cell phones negatively affects sperm quality in men! Better watch out guys! Another study done in 2009 determined cell phones also affected infertility in the height of male during their reproductive years.
You are even more likely to be negatively affected by cell phones if you always talk on the same ear. So when you do use those handy but unhealthy devices, be sure to switch up the ears you talk on!
But, after I was set in stone about my thoughts on this subject, The New York Times gave me a second opinion. Apparently The Food and Drug Administration said there is not enough information to conclude whether cell phones are unhealthy. I guess that goes back to what we have been taught; that there is a possibility chance in everything. They did experiments where they tested a specific absorption rate (SAR) of a cellphone. By doing this, they can measure the quantity of radio frequency energy that the body absorbs.
Although The Food and Drug Administration is a very credible source and it makes sense that they cannot make a conclusion to this study, I just cannot imagine why cell phones would not be bad for your health! It is just so evident if we put it alongside everything else we have learned through science regarding technology negatively affecting health.
Whether you are going to be affected by this information or not, here are some things you might want to know. Many other credible sources have found that cell phones do indeed lead to evidence of leukemia, cancer, neurological changes in the nervous system, and a much higher risk of salivary gland tumors.

I got a cell phone at a pretty young age as well, and I remember I thought it was the coolest thing even though it was nothing compared to an IPhone. It is really amazing how fast technology advances and how quickly things become “outdated.” If you don’t have a cellphone in this day and time, you are out of the loop. But maybe it is bad that technology is advancing so fast; not only because of how materialistic it has made our society, but because of the health risks it is having on us. Cellphones in particular: a device that millions use on a daily basis.
Every time we use our cellphones, we are exposing ourselves to radiation, which gives off electromagnetic fields to our bodies. Due to the fact that we put the cell phone towards our ear when making calls, we are directly exposing our brains to the radiation as well. According to Natural News, “More than a dozen studies have linked using a cell phone a long period of time -- ten years or more -- with a higher incidence of brain tumors and acoustic neuromas.” In addition, a study that was conducted at the Medical University in Graz, Austria concluded that using cell phones negatively affects sperm quality in men! Better watch out guys! Another study done in 2009 determined cell phones also affected infertility in the height of male during their reproductive years.
You are even more likely to be negatively affected by cell phones if you always talk on the same ear. So when you do use those handy but unhealthy devices, be sure to switch up the ears you talk on!
But, after I was set in stone about my thoughts on this subject, The New York Times gave me a second opinion. Apparently The Food and Drug Administration said there is not enough information to conclude whether cell phones are unhealthy. I guess that goes back to what we have been taught; that there is a possibility chance in everything. They did experiments where they tested a specific absorption rate (SAR) of a cellphone. By doing this, they can measure the quantity of radio frequency energy that the body absorbs.
Although The Food and Drug Administration is a very credible source and it makes sense that they cannot make a conclusion to this study, I just cannot imagine why cell phones would not be bad for your health! It is just so evident if we put it alongside everything else we have learned through science regarding technology negatively affecting health.
Whether you are going to be affected by this information or not, here are some things you might want to know. Many other credible sources have found that cell phones do indeed lead to evidence of leukemia, cancer, neurological changes in the nervous system, and a much higher risk of salivary gland tumors.

Your blog reminds me of an earlier blog I read concerning additions. Why is it that we are so dependent upon cell phone and smart phones these days? According to this Fox News article , there is even a new term known as nomophobia, to describe this cell-phone addiction. After reading through the article, it makes me wonder, if 9 out of 10 people already own cell phones, how many of us unknowingly have this expensive addiction? The signs and symptoms of it seem to be highly evident among cell phones users today.

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