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.
think cell phones are great. Me, at 16, I use them
a lot when I go out so my parents won't worry. And
me as a female, I feel much better knowing I have a
phone if I get in trouble, need a ride, or other
What do you think
about cell phones?
from the U.S.
I think that we should be allowed to use cell and
car phone while driving a car, but only if you
speak through a micro-phone or some sort of device
that allows you to keep both hands on the
Kelly from the
My opinion is the cell phones should be allowed to
be used in a car, because you never know when you
are going to need one.
from the U.S.
I think cell phones are a real "walking
contradiction" of social interaction. On the one
hand, they allow us to be connected to people we
want to be connected to, and other other hand, they
alienate us from people around us by being an
intrusive presence and by taking our attention away
from the immediate "moment." It's very interesting,
and I'm producing a live TV debate show about it in
Toronto, Canada next week on Wednesday March 21.
Anyone interested in this debate can email me and
be a part of the studio audience.
Munro from Canada
Brittany, you hit the nail on the head. I can't
stand the infernal contraptions that everyone and
their brother now blabs on while they're in the
grocery store, the movies, the mall, or even
walking down the street or in the bus or subway.
And everyone has an annoying "personalized" ringer
that goes off every 20 seconds for their really
"important" calls like getting updated that their
cat went to the bathroom on the rug or something
equally trivial. Furthermore, people invariably
talk about four times louder than normal when using
a cell phone, as if everybody in the room wanted to
hear about their love life and personal
Beddingfield from the
I believe that cell phones should be only used in
case of emergency...I, at the tender age of 13,
become extremely irate when people use cell phones
during movies, at restaurants, in cars, at school,
and other unnecessary places. We are wasted our
life one minute of a time on something that is just
a smaller, portable version of something we have in
Stahlman from the
I think cell phones are good because they help you
when you get in a jam. I had a cell phone until my
dog peed on it. But, cell phones have saved my
Cowart from the
I think that cell phones in cars is a bad idea. Not
only do you put yourself at risk but you are
risking the lives of others. An alternative though,
if you really really need to use a cell phone in
your car while driving would be to get a headset or
a speaker phone installed and have the answer
button wired into the steering wheel. That way at
least people aren't holding phones up to their
heads, but the bottom line for me is that cell
phones should be prohibited to drivers, but a
passenger could use it that way. If there is an
emergency, the passenger could call for
My opinion is that yes the cell phone is very
important source in case of an emergency! but the
cell phone is also a way to cause the accident not
only to try and fix one. While driving and talking
on the phone you could start an enormous problem of
misunderstanding the cell phone. The cell phone is
for talking to other people from a distance, not
for being distracted while driving!
Of course, "NO!" Using cell phones in driving not
only will drive you in jeopardy but others as well.
No matter how one masters in driving or how
skillful he is, it's indeed dangerous to use cell
phone and drive at the same time. When one is
concentrating on talking or listening to another on
phone, there must be no time for him to pay extra
attention to what he is doing now, to say nothing
of driving. On the other hand, the way most of
people drive is personally in his own way. It's
crazy enough. If we allow one to use cell phone and
drive in the meanwhile, how awful and messy our
traffic would be. So, only when one has two brains
for him to do two different types of things can one
drive and use cell phone at the same
Ie from Taiwan
opinion is "Yes". When we use them correctly.
Because when we get trouble in the car like engine
is broken and something is wrong. Or, when it's an
emergency, then we have to call with it. So we
really need it. We have to use cell phones
correctly. When we are driving, we can use cell
phone. If it is an emergency, then we have to stop
the car and use the phone. If you don't use it
correctly, then you're responsible if something
Jae from Korea
opinion is that it is very dangerous when you are
driving and you are taking on the phone. But, if
you have an emergency you could call somebody to
rescue you. That could cause you to have an
opinion is that it is very dangerous when you drive
and you talk on your cell phone. Cell phones are
very useful sometimes like in a emergency. You can
call for help. It is dangerous when you drive and
talk because you concentrate on the conversation
and you could get into a accident.
from El Salvador
hard for me to imagine that there are more and more
people having cell phones. And the average age
becomes lower than before. Having a cell phone
isn't a big thing now, even junior high school
students can own one. With the prevalence of cell
phones, here comes another phenomena---people
values material life more. Vanity controls people's
valuation and causes lots of waste.
think it is really very dangerous. Most people
can't concentrate on two things at the same time.
In this way, when you talk on cell phone and drive
at the same time, it is hard to deal with any
accident. Therefore, I insist that we should not
use cell phone while driving.
phones are good to have in case of an emergency. A
lot of people buy them that can not afford them.
They should be used only when needed.
from the U.S.
think that cell phones should not be allowed to be
published into vehicles of any kinds because it
could cause severe injuries to occur to people who
do not deserve it. Yes, there could be many reasons
why we should have cell phones because maybe it
could allow you to call someone to ask them if they
need anything while you are out or you could be
late for some job interview and the cell phone
would be very useful to call and tell the person
holding the job interview that you are running a
few minutes behind. But, in my own opinion I
believe that cell phones are very harmful and
should not be permitted.
Denae Hawkins from Texas, U.S.
think it's bad cause I was hit by a 17 year old kid
who was supposed to be going 35 miles an hour and I
know he was going way faster than that cause of
damage to my car and my body. It has been 1 month
now and I still am not able to return to work. He
was on a cell phone!!! Maybe it's not just the cell
phone that's the problem as much as it is the kids
who drive. All I know is that I am getting ready to
lose my house and have no idea when I will be
returning to work or when my settlement will come
in, not to mention I have no car and am scared to
drive one anyway. Thanks for listening.
from the U.S.
lot of many people think the same about the cell
phone. They believe than it is dangerous because it
has irradiation and will cause cancer. But, other
people think that the cell phone is very useful
because it will make the life easy. The humanity
will be grateful with this invention. However,
people need to know how use correctly the phone
cells and especially in what places where they
don't disturb other people. In my opinion, for
example, using a phone cell when people are driving
will be dangerous because it will cause an
accident. So is very important when people use the
cell and they not use while driving.
my opinion, a cell phone is necessary and
important. It makes me convenient. Wherever I am, I
can connect with others. It helps me to get a lot
of information on time. Sometimes I must make a
decision on the phone. Especially when I am on the
highway, it is my only tool to free myself from a
predicament. Although it can be dangerous to hold a
phone while driving, we can use a handheld phone.
Personally, I need a cell phone. I have gotten a
lot of benefits from it.
phones are an excellent way of communicating. For
me it is important to have one because when I have
a problem, it is a good way to resolve it. Also,
when my family or anyone else needs to talk to me,
they can do it this way. Today for business people
cell phones are their right hand. That's why cell
phones are very important.
Salas from Mexico
five years ago the cell phones was a luxury. Today
they are necessary for people all over the world
because you need to know about your home wherever
you are, and your children need to be able to you
if they have some problems at school or anywhere.
What about your safety? One day you could have an
accident and you have nobody around. How would you
send a message? I think that you won't have many
ways to do that. Some time ago I used to think cell
phones only make me spend my money, but I realize
although it takes my money, it may save my
Amador (Joe) from Cuba
believe in using the cell phones. Think about it .
If one day your family or your friends have an
emergency problem, they can call you and you will
know right away . If you don't have a cell phone,
they won't be able to find you, that why it's
important to have one.
think that a cell phone is a very important thing
in the technology century. If something happens to
you or you family, you can use a cell phone to call
for help. Businessman decide a lot of questions on
cell phones. Sometimes it is very important for
think a phone is necessary for people. But we need
to have a few rules for using cell phones. We have
to turn off a cell phone at class time, in the
theatre, in the car to respect each other and to
save our lives. If we could use a cell phone with
these rules, all would be okay. Try, and you'll see
that a cell phone will change your life. If you
want to forget about phones, you can just turn them
off. You must go with technology time.
Victoria from Russia
my opinion, a cellular phone is very useful
especially when you drive on the freeway. If you
have a flat tire, you can call your friend or
family for help.
Salgado from El Salvador
don't agree in using the cellular telephone because
it can provoke several accidents for lack of
attention to drive with the cellular telephone. In
a fraction of seconds the driver can remove the
innocent people's life.
Valdir from Brazil
people be allowed to use cell phones in
is very difficult to say, "Yes, they should be
banned." Instead of banning them, we could prevent
problems by doing small things. While enjoying our
dinner with our guests, we could put the tone lower
in order not to disturb people beside us. If the
call is not important, we could tell the caller
that we'll call back.
Ali Comert from Turkey
cell phone can be very useful in emergencies, but
most people get a cell phone, not because they need
it, but for fantasy. They take it to a hospital
where it bothers the patients who need to relax.
They take it to class, to their job, or to a
restaurant. In these places, cell phones annoy
people. The worst thing, however, is some people
talk on the phone while they are driving. They
could cause accidents.
a cellular phone is very convenient for many
purposes. On the road, for example, if someone is
in danger or has had an accident in an unfamiliar
place, having a cellular phone could be very
helpful. Communication with a cellular phone is
very quick and helps people save time. For example,
they can do business as fast as possible. For
people with kids, it's also very useful. Anywhere
you are, you are able to reach your
think it's the kind of thing which can be a friend
and an enemy at the same time. Since cellular
phones were created, husbands and wives can't cheat
on each other as easily as before. They can't lie
about where they are because their partners can
call there. They can't lie as they used to do
before because now it's easy to find out about
lies. I think this is one of the thousand ways that
cellular phones have been changing people's
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