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The Use Of Cell Phones

             In today's society our technology is more advanced than ever before. So far advanced is our society, that we can easily use cell phones to speak to anyone, anywhere and at any time. For example, we can use cell phones while driving, or speak to someone in another country. We can use them in the business world to conduct meetings or to rely vital information to co-workers or to conduct trade with other businesses. Today's American culture relies heavily on the use of cell phones. The recent growth of cellular telephone usage is a phenomena that defies all gender, racial, and age boundaries. Cell phones are more than just the latest electronic gadget on the market. They are essential parts of our business and personal lives. Cell phones are used to schedule appointments, fax, e-mail, call for assistance, report emergencies and keep in contact with loved ones and friends. Driving while using a cell phone is very common and proves a major threat to people's lives on the road. Cell phones must be banned while driving; however, I also agree that cell phones are beneficial for communication and for gaining help in emergencies. In the public and legislative arenas, as well as in the media, there have been concerns about the safety of using a cell phone while driving for quite some time now. This will be discussed in further detail below. Studies have proven that conversations, whether significant or non-significant, can be a distraction to someone who is driving. Therefore driving while using a cell phone can be dangerous and a threat to one's driving ability. In 1994, there were 16 million cell-phone users in the United States alone, as of July 17, 2001, there were more than 118 million (Cell Phone Safety Advocates). According to telecommunications studies, approximately 90 million people subscribe to wireless telephone services.

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