Cause and Effect of Having A Cell Phone The cellular phone has created vistas of communication avenues, and has enabled all who choose to own one, to never be out of touch again. Amazingly, it has
encapsulated the entire spectrum of communication by empowering individuals to speak,
text, or transmit pictures (video or still), by merely punching keys on the pad. Obviously,
the opportunity to hold such a functional instrument in the palm of one’s hand represents
an facilitator for business, a mitigator for crime and the capability to save lives. However,
the cellular phone also has downsides for the general health and environment of its users.
The cellular phone serves as an extension and a facilitator for business. No longer
is it necessary for the sales person to go back to the office to place an order into the
computer. The doctor is never too far away from a phone .Cellular phones are becoming
an integral part of the business world. The application of the cellular phones to business
applications are endless.
The cellular phone has even serves as a crime deterrent. In Dade County Florida,
a nine month study in 11 neighborhoods showed a tremendous decrease in burglaries,
robberies, and thefts. This decrease was due to the use of cellular phones by the
neighborhood crime watch groups.
The Richmond Times Dispatch in a reported article stated that, "Emergency call
placed on cellular phones are rising rapidly. People are reporting drunk drivers and
staying a safe distance behind them to lead the police to the exact location..
The Virginia State Police reported 100 calls to 911 in a single day back in June 1997.
These calls consisted of reports of traffic accidents, drunken driving, vehicle and brush
fires, and some crimes in progress..
A woman involved in a car accident was hanging upside down in her car by her
seat belt. Being in that position, she could not reach her cell phone to call for help.
Fortunately, two men showed up at the scene with cell phone and summoned help.
Obviously, the list of advantages for the cellular phone could run on ad infinitum,
for the causes and effects could also be customized for personal usage. Hereon, I have
attempted to deal with the more far reaching causes and effects. In so doing, there are
some far reaching downside effects of the cellular phone as well.
Cell towers to me are the disadvantage of the cellular phone system. Concerning
the effect on the beauty and health of its surrounding areas, the towers come in all shapes
and sizes. The towers have to be a set distance from one another to maintain clear and
reliable service. Mountain tops across the country are being invaded by these towers
reaching heights of 250 feet. More than 13 acres of Sandia Crest, a mountain top in New
Mexico’s Cibola Forest is covered with more than 65 steel towers. An estimate by
communication experts says over 120,,, more antennas will be built in the future to
provide complete telephone coverage. All these antennas in remote areas have an adverse
affect on the environment due to the destruction of trees for the building of roads to reach
these secluded areas.
Also some people are claiming that the use of cellular phones are causing brain
tumors. However, the long term effects of this exposure remain unknown to scientists.
Since the 1990’s cell phones have made fast inroads into the modern world. Times
were when automobiles and television transformed not just lifestyles but cultures. These
days the cell phone is doing likewise. Technological progress is irreversible. Once it
becomes available, new technology never dies. We have to admit that the inroads into our
lives by cell phones are inevitable and tackle the challenge of minimizing their