The Love Of Cell Phones

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For the Love of Cell Phones The great incline of cell phone use in public has become one of the most controversial debates in today’s society, sometimes seemingly more so than abortion, gay marriage, or who should be president (which is quite troubling). Currently, as a person in the younger generation, cell phone use does not have the negative impact that most people of older generations seem to say it does. Cell phones and mobile media prove to be very resourceful. Since my generation has grown up with this technology, we are more inclined to defend it and defend ourselves against the critics we do not have a name for, as they come into our lives merely through sitting on public transit together or waiting in line for fast food. We are inclined to be defensive because these people have placed a negative connotation on the idea of cell phones and they look down on anyone who uses one in public. People argue that cell phones disconnect us from the world and our environment and are facilitators to bad behavior in public, when in reality, it is actually what keeps people connected in this day and age and provides us with information and resources right at our fingertips. In the first article we read as a class, “Disconnected Urbanism” by Paul Goldberger, he discusses how cell phones make public places less public. He says that when you are in a public place, but on a cell phone, you are there, but not there (Goldberger 473). This was ultimately the most important thing I

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