what readers, have said about cell phones, in
response to Cell
Phones and E-mail
(Issue 19) and Sounding
Off about Phoning and
in Speak Out.
What do you think
about cell phones?
are one of the most remarkable inventions ever in
the civilization of Mankind. The inevitability of
the usage of cellphones in today's globalized world
is an irrefutable matter; hence it has greatly
changed the ways' in one's life.
person, regardless of his or her social background,
will feel empty if he or she does not possess a
cellphone at all.
my vantage point, cellphones are absolutely
inseparable from a person's daily life albeit there
are a handful of disadvantages of a mobile phone or
Zulaika Abd Hamid, Malaysia
May 23, 2008
have a cell phone but rarely use it. Most avid cell
phone users are rude and inconsiderate and I have
strong feelings about their use. Its my
belief that cell phones should only be used in case
of a real emergency, like youre having a
heart attack and need to call 911. They should be
outlawed for any recreational, business of
said that, I think their use will go away before
long. With the world wide cost of fuel, more and
more people will have to abandon frivolous things
like cell phones and the cell companies will start
dropping like flies. Who knows, maybe we can get
back to the good old days when you didnt even
make long distant calls on a land line, instead
sending a telegram when there was an emergency or a
death in the family. Besides, they cause brain
Parks , U.S.
I think that there is a right time, and a wrong
time to use your cell phone. I have been doing a
study on cell phones for a school debate and
stumbled upon this site (thank you to all who
supported me in finding people's opinions on cell
phones). Anyway, I believe that cell phones are NOT
to be used while driving. One site said that
talking on a cell phones while diving had the same
results of drunk driving accidents!
I think it is very rude to be in a public place and
start yakking on your phone! Once I was in the
doctors office, and as you all know, they are kept
very quiet; and this woman's cell phone starts
ringing. She decides "I'll let it ring and drive
people nuts!" After what seemed a million rings,
she starts to yak and talk on her little "toy",
annoying every one. She then leaves and goes, to
everyone's disbelief, to the little hallway where
everyone can still hear her loud and clear! If you
ask me, it's disgusting!!
So many people who use cell phones to talk in the
car usually pay more attention to what they are
talking about than to driving. One of the reasons
[I say this] is that I lost my friend in a
car accident while [someone was] using a
cell phone. She lost her life and her 3 year old
daughter [did], too.
I think that if people use the cell phones
correctly by pulling on the side of the road then I
think that less accidents will occur. If you are
driving while talking on the phone then you will
get distracted and can cause you or someone else to
have an accident. I think that they should keep
cell phone because someone might have an emergency
and have to call someone. So to come to a
conclusion if people pull off the side of the road
when using the phone it will make this world a
better and safer place!
I have a cell phone and I really don't use it when
I am driving only if it's really important I know
that goes against everything everyone has just
said, but think about it.. What if the important
phone call is telling you that your grama had just
died. I mean, isn't that important! Like personally
I think that everyone should have one just to feel
safe. I mean, what if you are walking by yourself
down a scary alley...of course you want to talk to
someone and tell them where you are. Right! cause
what if someone was following you or something
happened to you... and when you are on the phone in
a mall, it doesn't have to be that long.
Yeah, well I think cell phones rock. I mean yeah,
maybe SOME people get into car accidents, but why
should I care, I mean I'm only 14. So...ya know, I
don't really have to care bout that just yet. But
cell's are great, and cell phone's have saved
people's lives, I mean have you heard about all
these people who pull over and call 911 because
someone got in a car accident and they need
help--DUH!!!!! So yeah, that helps a lot and plus
like everyone has cell phones, what's the big
Cell phone has been rapidly growing for several
years. Cell phone has convenience. It changes in
life style to people and work way. Even though I
think that cell phone can not often use it . My
reasons are as follows. First, according to the
authority has research that the cell phone take
brain disease if people have often using it .
Because the cell phone have electric waves. If
people have contact it for long time, it will be
badly influence to people. Second, students should
using it after school. Cell phone ring can not make
students concentration and interfere with order in
the class. Sometime they spent too much phone
charge from their parents. So I disapprove that
students use the cell phone. Third, we can see the
person talk loudly using cell phone in public. This
is rude . It make strictly to prevent anothers. So
when you use the cell phone and lower your voice.
To sum up , although cell phone can bring
convenience, it can be harmful to us. Besides they
have special condition and urgent events. Otherwise
we can not often use it.
Driving while talking on a cell phone is dangerous
and stupid. While you are driving, you should be
concentrating on DRIVING. Having a cell phone in
the car is useful if there is trouble, but only if
you pull over to use it. Driving with a cell phone
is almost as bad as driving drunk.
held devices are no better because it still
distracts your attention. It's not just the hands
that are the problem. I've seen way too many close
calls to even think that people that yap while
driving even have a brain...
It's difficult to focus on more then one thing,
especially when your brain is being effected by an
electromagnet. Cell Phones emit EMF which is energy
that alters the users concentration. Have you
noticed the increase in accidents? The so called
shields do not work according to recent science
reports. Just like smoking, if one wants to we can
not stop them, but don't risk our lives in the
process, pull over. Second hand results from
smoking are deadly too in the long run, but second
hand E-Smog is instant.
<www.publicexposure1.org> Cell Phones can
cause Brain Tumors. This is a very important
I oppose this problem. Cell phone is very
dangerous. While driving, we must have
Jin Hyeong, Korea
Cellphone is useful device because emergency come
I think it is not useful. Using cell phones while
driving cause car accident... It is very danger.
driver must concentrate the driving, but if using
it cause accident.
Jung from Korea
I think driving with a cell phone is dangerous. You
are too distracted with talking to watch the road.
Cell phones can get as bad as drinking. Either way
you're barely paying attention or not at
from the U.S.
I have conflicting opinions. Cell phones in cars
shouldn't be banned. Maybe just severely fined or
points on driver license
WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! Are you going to sit here and
tell me that you talk on a cell phone in the car
while it's in motion? Please don't waste your
breath, just hear what I have to say. You are
risking your life, and if that's not bad enough,
you are risking someone else's life too. I'm not
saying that we should ban phones all together in
cars,just hand held phones in cars.
from the U.S.
Cell phones are wonderful. They might actually help
find out who in the HELL high jacked the planes on
Sept. 11th. What happens when your car breaks down
on the mesa???? You can't yell for help, and you
certainly wouldn't want to walk 300 miles to get
out of the dump, especially leaving your car
behind! Cell phones help communication, and
communication is the key to success!
McConnell from the
As a certain citizen I think cell phones are
necessary for us nowadays because it will help us
during emergencies. At the age of 19, I'm
responsible enough to limit the usage of my cell
phone during class and inside the worship area. So
guys, all I want to say is discipline yourself in
using it and have fun in it.
Evangelista from the
Cell Phones have saved my life! Like when I go out
on a date and dont like the guy, I sneak into the
bathroom and call for a ride! Or, when my car broke
down, I called for help. I dont use my phone when
I'm driving, and if I need to talk, I pull over or
use the speakerphone. If you dont like cell phones,
keep it to yourself. Everyone has a right to their
Twinkle from the
I do have a cell phone! But Driving and dialing
shouldn't be done! What I mean is that law should
only allow people to use it with a hands-free
device and with a phone that is voice commanded.
Big fines should keep smart asses from acting like
they are above the law!
Cell phones, what a wonderful topic! First of all I
hate cell phones and all the yuppie parasites that
use them, but I do think that people should be
allowed to have them in a car, but only in case of
an emergency. In my opinion cell phones should be
BANNED from all public areas. You know when you are
in the mall walking around and some valley girl or
yuppie man walks past you speaking as loud as they
can so they can seem better than you? Am I the only
one who is annoyed by that? I don't think
from the U.S.
I think cell phone is important for businessman and
other person, so we can allow people to use it.
However we can suggest to use cell phone with small
microphone which you can fix in your tee-shirt and
you have a small speaker in your ear. In conclusion
driving and talking in your own cell phone is 100 %
To me they are off-putting, very rude. I think a
lot of people have cell phone conversations in
public on purpose so that they can get a certain
status--but anyone who had any identity would not
have to do such a silly thing to feel important. I
think they should only be used in emergencies and
not distract others.
Reinhardt from the U.S.
Cell phones has been one of the main causes of
accidents and should be restricted. The first
reason why cell phones should have restrictions
while driving is; it causes distractions when you
are dialing a number or answering a call. Cell
phones take your attention off the road, therefore,
possibly putting other peoples lives in
you react slower to objects/incidents on the road.
When you take your attention off the road, you are
not fully alert to turn your vehicle away from
anything that suddenly pops up on the
road, by that time
its to late. You can
get so caught up in talking to whoever is on the
other line, that you may not be really be focused
on your driving.
for instance, you are driving down the road when
your cell phone rings; you reach down to answer it,
and by the time you look back up
a pedestrian running across the street. Now,
its too late to stop. However, if you had not
looked down to answer your phone, you would have
been alert and probably been able to stop in time
to let them cross.
cell phones could be very useful in an emergency
but if your vehicle is still in motion when you
place that call...you are still at risk to get into
an accident. So next time you really need to make a
call...pull over so you won't be distracted by
anything that could take your life.
are my reason on why cell phones should be banned
Cell phones are just status symbols for insecure
people to make them feel important. The only reason
people have them is because "everyone" else has
one, and they need to compete with those other
people. It's the American 'keeping up with the
Jones'. Cell phones should not be used while
driving or public places such as restaurants. I
have been to a fine restaurant with my girlfriend
and it is annoying to hear a non-cessant ring go
off. It is further annoying when the obnoxious "toy
user" talks louder (so he can get attention) on his
toy because the person calling him can't decide to
rent either "Loser" or "Dude, Where's My Car". Give
it up cell phone users, you're not important, as a
matter of fact, you're quite
from the U.S.
I hate people to use mobile phones in the
Man from the U.S.
My opinion is that I think that cell phones should
not be used in cars because they can cause lots of
crashes and you can get hurt, say if you were
talking on the phone and your phone dropped on the
floor and you were still driving trying to pick it
up and you could not, but still tried and there was
an important person on the phone. That's why I say
that cell phones should not be used in
from the U.S.
I live in a very high populated city, Austin, Texas
that has a booming economy as the result of a
strong high tech industry. As a result people in my
city have become absolutely obsessed with acquiring
as many technological toys and items as possible.
Cell phones and pagers have become the most
favorite ones to get.
think too many people own and use cell phones.
These people are out of control with their phones.
I mean their behavior is down right rude and
unnecessary. Every time I drive I see people
yakking away on their phones. One time I was on the
highway and I saw a woman talking on not only a
cell phone but a car phone as well! Can you believe
the audacity of that woman! Here she is going 70
mph on the highway, which is dangerous in itself,
then she whips out TWO phones! She obviously didn't
care about her life or the drivers around her. I've
had other cell phone experiences at my
work at a small grocery store as a retail clerk.
I've dealt with numerous customers who are
simultaneously talking on their cell phones. There
was this one male customer who was especially rude.
He came up to me wondering where a certain product
was and his cell phone rang. He didn't hesitate to
answer his phone, being that he didn't even bother
to turn it off or mute it before entering the
store. He had an entire conversation right there in
the middle of the store, he was even blocking an
aisle with his cart and was pacing up and down the
aisle. He was so oblivious to the rest of the world
around him. Later he came up to me demanding to
know why he hadn't been helped earlier, acting as
though he hadn't been distracted by his cell phone.
I wasn't about to apologize for his
from the U.S.
Cell phone use while driving should be banned. Most
of the responses seem to be coming from teens (many
of whom have a difficult time driving anyway-look
at the statistics). When people use a phone and try
to drive at the same time it is more distracting
than turning the radio station or setting the AC
level. People become engrossed in , what is
sometimes very volatile discussions, while driving.
Hands-free will not matter that much. Studies show
that you have a 4-1 chance of getting in an
accident on a cell phone (talking on a phone vs.
not ratio). 3-1 if using a "hands free device." 4-1
is the same chance of being legally drunk (.08) in
many states. They should be banned , unless you are
in a parking lot and stopped. If you breakdown-sure
you can use it. As long as your car is NOT
from the U.S.
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