Pros of Cell Phones and Generation text

Pros of Cell phones and teens
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I know that many parents are worried by their teenagers constant use of cell phones these days.

It may seem as teens are addicted and missing out on real interaction with others because of all the time they spend using their cell phone. I was deeply troubled when my daughter started to use her cell phone as an extension to her body at an age of fourteen. Suddenly the cell phone was sort of glued to her hand and she was constantly sending and reading text messages.

However, I did never forbid her to use the cell phone, I only set limits to prevent economic problem. And I started to study how she used her phone and for what purpose. I also searched the Internet and read many articles to help me make up my mind and decide what I should do and if I should do anything. Here you can read more about my thoughts then!


I was a bit hesitant before, but not now! Today, I think that teenagers can have good use of a cell phone/smart phone and I also think that the pros are bigger than the cons! In this hub I will therefor focus only on the pros.


A parents view

Let´s face it, as parents we are way behind our teens and the teens today are the first generation who grew up with cell phones. To me, cell phones was something new and also technology that I had no real relation towards. Because there was no cell phones when I grew up! I did never seen my parents nor my friends use a cell phone as a child. And therefor I automatically felt the same as parents always have felt through time when the new generation start something new and unknown. With a cautious and negative approach! Since I managed well without a cell phone as a child that is what I can refer to and the first thing that comes to my mind is that this new way of using phones can´t be right, the use of cell phones must be dangerous and will most certainly damage the children in some way. But am I right?

As a parent I want what is best for all children today, but if I am honest, I see it from my point of view and that isn't going to work at all. The children of today can never live the way I did when I was a child and when I think about it, i don't want them to either. So, I have to broaden my mind and look upon cell phones from their point of view, not from mine! Because my point of view, is no more. It is a new era, and our way of living is constantly changing. Just like it should, otherwise we would still be living in a cave and staring into the open fire. Now is the era of Generation text!

Generation text

The term ”Generation text” is according to Wikipedia a term to describe the new generation who have grown up with cell phones and it also mean teenagers who are unable to function without a cell phone!


The teenagers of today see the cell phones as a useful tool and also as something necessary. Using a cell phone is as natural to them as a car is for us! We all know that the car is dangerous both to humans as well as to our planet, but we use cars anyway. I want to make clear that I know that a car and a cell phone isn't really comparable, I only compare the use and the need we create from new technology.


I can so relate to the term generation text and I immediately get a picture in my head of my daughter who is absolutely amazing at multitasking. She can send text messages while she do many other things at the same time so it seems that it is a skill that can be learned. She can walk, or even run, and send text messages at the same time, seemingly as it is the most natural thing in the world. She can do her homework, be connected to her friends on Face book as well as texting, all at the same time. And her grades are good so it is working! It seems that she can text in every possible situation. For example, when me and my daughter go for a shopping tour, I notice that she is texting her friends while we are talking and walking! I could never accomplish that! It would give me a headache and I would loose all interest in shopping. When I do need to send a text message, I automatically stop walking so apparently I don't have the skill. Or maybe I just need to practice a little more! But she can, and for her it is natural.

Getting through to generation text

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There is an app for every need in App store!
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The pros of cell phones

An app for every need

A cell phone can be a tool for many of our needs. And it can be adjusted to the needs we have for the moment just by adding the apps we need. I constantly find new apps and once I have them, I would never go back to the time before the app. Every app makes my life easier and it does the same for the teens. So why shouldn't they just love this new gadget, just like we do! A teenagers life is just as complicated us ours, or maybe even more complicated. Only in a different way. They don't have the same responsibility as an adult but they have responsibilities although the responsibilities may look different than ours. And the apps can make their life easier too.


The cell phone as a learning tool

A cell phone can be used as a learning tool just the way a computer can be used as a learning tool! You have the access to Internet true the cell phone and we all know how useful Internet is when it comes to learning new things and find facts. The only difference is that the cell phone is small and therefor so much more convenient to bring with you than a laptop. You can use the cellphone as a source for information, a camera, a videocamera, for editing photos and for texting messages. And why not use cell phones for texting answers to the teacher in school! Maybe the teacher could get the attention from generation text more easily in that way!


Cell phones as a learning tool

Set up rules for the use of cell phone/smart phone!


If your teen seem to be addicted in a damaging way or if you are worried about the way he/she uses the cell phone:

  • Decide when the cell phones can be used and when they are not allowed.
  • Decide to have a day every week without friends and cell phones and just spend time together as a family.
  • Decide how much the cell phone/ smart phone can cost each month and make sure the teenager knows that the limit is absolute.
  • Decide that you must have access to check what your teen is doing on the Internet, which sites is she/he visiting, which apps are she/he using.
  • Make sure you know how it works online. Learn how to behave on the sites they visit so you can help them if they need it.
  • Talk to your teens about how to behave on Internet. Make sure they realise that it is no different from how they should behave in real life.
  • And talk to them about what is going on in their life online just as you do about things that happen in real life. By having a constant communication about the things that happens in their life you can guide them and help them if they are having some trouble.

Cell phones as a social tool

A cell phone makes it so much easier to be social! Personally, I have never been so social in all my life as I am now when I have a smart phone! I interact with my family and friends all the time and I also get to see them in real more often since we never loose contact nowadays! If that is right for more people than me it means that Generation text will be a very social generation.


They may be social in a different way than former generations, but without a cell phone I think they would have more difficulties in being social considering the way we live today. Because of the big amount of socialising they will be more social than former generations. They will learn how to behave, what works online and what doesn't work. A community online is just like any other community, there is drama, there is bullying and there will be communication problem as well as betrayal. But there will also be joy, love, friendship, support and fantastic help from other people. Just as it is in real life.


Prevent teenagers from using this new world isn't going to help them but we can help them use the new technology wisely.


What are your views about teens and cell phones?

  • A cell phone/smart phone is totally unnecessary for a teen. It isn't good for them
  • A cell phone/smart phone can be useful but the use must be limited. It isn't good for them to be connected all the time.
  • A cell phone/smart phone is a great tool for teens. I help them to use the cell phones wisely!
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I know that there are many people who doesn't agree with me and that is quite alright! We all have our different preferences and I can only speak for me and the people in my surrounding. I would love to hear what you think about this subject so please tell me in the comment section below!


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Eiddwen, I always appreciate a visit from you Eddy and thanks for the votes and the wishes! I send good wishes back to you and hope that spring starts to come in Wales now,

Tina


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Interesting and useful Tina ; your obvious hard work certainly paid off here.

Voted up; wishing you a great day and lots of love from across the border.

Eddy.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Well said Martie! You hit the nail there. Cell phones makes life so much easier and now, when we are use to them, there is no way back! I also appreciate technology that makes our live easier and I feel like there is something vital missing if I forget my cell phone during a few hours or more. I never knew what I was missing before cell phones but I do remember the many times I searched for a phone both or sat at home waiting for a phone call. It seems almost unreal that it was so difficult for not so long time ago. And in business it must be so valuable. Thank you for reading and for the "excellent" Martie, I value your opinion so much!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi fiftyish, Yes, it is amazing how important this new technology is for us and as you say it has become an extension to the natural arm! Perhaps both children and adults are in fact a "trial and error generation" when it comes to cell phones. The technology is new to us all and we all have to learn how to use cell phones and some of us are not doing a good job, as you described. I see those people here too and some of them are a real danger texting in cars and on bikes and even when they walk! Good points, and since the technology is here to stay I hope we do a better job using it soon. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts about this.

Tina


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

As always I agree with you, thoughtforce. I am not a teenager, but I, too, feel lost without my cell phone. Having it with me, gives me the impression that I am not alone, but connected to all my beloved relatives and friends. I feel in touch with the world and safe. Long before cell phones I often wished I could have one. I desperately NEEDED one for my businesses - to be always available and able to serve my clients and collaborate with my co-workers. Never thought that my wish would come true. I have also wished for microwave ovens, dishwashers and tumble-driers..... Fact is, a cell phone is an appliance that makes our lives so much easier.

Excellent hub, Tina!


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fiftyish 4 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

Communications technology, like alcohol, has its benefits when used in moderation. Sadly, the technological world seems to have taken over the real one to the point of addiction, and that's just not good - but it's here to stay nonetheless! In actual fact, the mobile phone has become somewhat of an extension to the natural arm.

Btw Tina, if adults are supposed to be leading by example, most do a lousy job, at least in my neck of the woods. Men, in particular, seem to have a phone permanently stuck to their ear and will let their ringing devices interrupt any situation no matter who they're with, where they are, or what they're doing.

And perhaps worst of all is the number of people I see chatting on smartphones while riding a motorbike. I'm not talking about hands-free here, but holding the device up to their ear while navigating traffic on busy roads. It's absolutely rife where I live.

There, I think I've made my views clear enough LOL :)

Andy Aitch


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Lyrics, yes, I agree that it looks a bit weird to see kids at that age using technology as they do. Maybe it is because we are not used to seeing kids with phones yet, for coming generations I guess it will be as natural as watching TV. Yes, the phones do suite humans so well so also kids develop a "need" for them even if they don't actually need them. This is an interesting subject and I understand your view, and I sometimes have the same thoughts. But I do think it all comes down to how we teach our children the best use of phones. Maybe coming generations will get the best from this technology when we know all the pros and cons and can take necessary precautions! I value your comment , the votes and your view on this! Thanks!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi CyberShelley and thank you! I appreciate the kind words and the votes! I am so glad you liked this one since it took me some time to write it.

Tina


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Tina, you make some great points. I still find it weird too see 6-7 year old kids with phones. I really think that children at this age don't need phones. Even at 11-12. However, they can come in handy at times. We all see how texting destroys lives though. Like you said, they are great learning tools. Guess I am 50/50. I reckon if they are not driving, it isn't causing much harm. I agree with your perspective Tina and a great write on this subject. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

Lyrics


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

You wrote a brilliant article on the pros and cons. Thank you for taking the time. Up, interesting and useful.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Prasetio, Yes it is a constant chase for the newest technology but it is impossible to have the newest phone all the time considering how fast improvements are being made. And there is no need to buy a new one if we are satisfied with the phone we already got. Thanks for the visit Prasetio, I appreciate the votes and your comment!

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tina


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

We never satisfied, it's a destiny as human. We might want the new one though the old phone still running well. But personally, I am glad to follow the new information of gadget like cellphone. I don't want to buy the new one as long as my old phone still good for me. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

RTalloni, I know what you mean, and it were really unrealistic to think we could use a cellphone like we do now, back then. It doesn't seem as such a long time but in terms of technology, it is! Todays young generation would have difficulty managing without this technology, that´s for sure:) Thanks for your comment, I appreciate your view about this.

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Jools, as teenage parents we know what it means to have a cellphone as an extension:) As with all technology, also cellphones has pros and cons and all we can do as parents is to accept the new way of using phones but minimize the damage. Thanks Julie!

Tina


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Like it or not, they are here to stay until the capability is shut down so making the best use of them is the smart way to go. It's good to see your post highlighting the potential they hold.

A side note on how what seemed unrealistic 25 years ago is now reality--we need to realize that how to function without technology is still important knowledge to have.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

This made complete sense to me Tina and my daughter also has 'an extension to her hand'...her iphone. I think they have prod and cons and you've covered both sides here very well.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

CyberShelley, It is almost a bit surreal to think about how fast technology has evolved and the young generation today has no clue how it was before cell phones. I don't think they can even imagine how it was, because to them, this is the reality. I wonder what the next generation will use, interesting! Thanks for reading and I appreciate the votes too!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Alastar, a new era it is and since cell phones are so useful to us and also so fun to use I don't think it is possible to prevent the use of cell phones. Yes the electromagnetic fields are important to consider and we must be careful. You have a good point there. I haven't heard that anyone actually died from the use of cell phones but I know that much research have been done on the subject. I don't think any one knows enough about the risks because cell phones have been used during a relatively short time and maybe we dont see the side effects yet. I will look into the interesting information about Edward Kennedy! In the meantime it is good to take all the precaution we can.

Thanks for the comment and for the kind words Alastar, it is so good to see you! I know I have been a bit absent lately and there are many reasons for that. It feels good to be back and I will do my best to do a restart in my writing from now on:)

Tina


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

A great hub on this phenomenon which is so much a part of young people's lives. They don't know the world without it, it is so much a part of growing up, learning and in constant contact with the world around them (an that of their friends). Well thought out, excellent ideas for rules for its usage, voted up, interesting and useful!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

It sure is a different era for todays young folk as you point out Tina. You have weighed the pros and cons of this "extension of the body" for your daughter and come down on the pro side; which you make an excellent case for in your article here. Certainly a technological marvel it is but heres the problem from a physiological standpoint: when held against the ear all the microwaves are concentrated in a tiny area and many are warning of previously rare brain cancer epidemics in future because of that fact. The late Senator Edward Kennedy is one recent high profile case who died from it. Perhaps its best to limit the amount of time use and alternate holding it on each side of the head. Anyway, superb write Tina and yes, it is good to see you active on here again-- was beginning to miss you and wondering about it too!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Tom, you are so right and you nailed the important things in one sentence! It all comes down to how teens use cell phones. It is important to help them to use them right and avoid the cons. Thank you so much for your constant support and for the votes. I appreciate you and I hope you have a great week!

Tina


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Tina, you make all interesting points on the Pro and Cons of teenagers using cell phones within this well written hub. And it all come down to whether teens are responsible or not with the use a cell phone or just miss using it all together .

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Christy, I have also noticed that this is a growing issue and there are many different views about the pros and cons of smartphones. Thanks for reading and for sharing Christy! I will go and read your hub now!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

kelleyward, Yes it is, moderation is the key and that is especially true when it comes to smartphones. We must find a way to use the technology and not let the technology use us! The technology is designed for us and smart phones help us in so many ways. Thanks for the votes and for reading!

Tina


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I actually wrote a hub about the dependence of cell phones (two in total) because it really is such a growing issue. Good work on this hub and for also spreading the knowledge. I vote up and will share with my HP followers.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this. I used to have a different perspective about texting until I started texting myself. Now I'm pretty addicted to it. It's like everything else, moderation is key. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Alicia, I am so glad to know that you liked this one. Personally, I like new technology and think we should use it the best way possible. Thank you so much for the comment Alicia, I appreciate it!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Docmo! It feels good to know you agree with me! I am also surrounded by parents who try to prevent their children from using new technology. I think it is a lost battle even though I can understand it and much of the objections is probably because of fear and care for their children. The new technology is here to stay and there is better ways to deal with this. The children will have to learn how to use this technology and it is better we help them learn how to use it wisely and with skill.

Thanks for the wonderful support and for sharing you view on this Docmo!

Tina


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a very interesting hub. You've raised lots of excellent points for parents to think about, Tina! Thank you for sharing the information and your ideas.


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

I really like your fresh perspective and I am glad someone else agrees with me. I am surrounded by parents who refuse to indulge their childrens desire to have new technology. While I am cautious on how much and how they use it, I feel my children are using smartphones and ipads as (a) a communication device (b) a learning tool (c) enhance their creativity (d) their It skills- this is the world they will grow into, augmenting their skills early is always better within reason.

What a great perspective and well thought out hub, Tina. Glad you feel upto writing again. It is a breath of fresh air. voted up.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi acaetnna! I am always glad to see you in my corner and I am glad you liked this one! Thanks for the comment too!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Janine Huldie! 2 years old! Imagine how good they will be in using the new technology when they grow up! I have always been interested in technology and I try to keep up with the new technology but it isn't easy:) I love my iPhone and would have trouble being without it now. A smart phone just make the life so much easier. I have the deepest respect for the problems smart phones can cause in the classroom, every teenage parent knows how difficult it is to get through to them:) So maybe the best thing is to use the new technology instead of trying to fight it! I am so glad you shared your thoughts on this and I appreciate the votes! It is great to meet you!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Billybuc! Yes, it seems that cell phones cause both trouble and joy all over the world. A cell phone can be so useful to us, so it isn't strange that this great technology also can cause problems.

It felt so good to push the ”publish now” button again:) Thanks for the support! Friends like you are so valuable and also give me inspiration to read and write!

Tina


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

What a brilliant hub - totally awesome.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I agree with Bill, totally interesting take on this and cell phoe use appears to a universal appeal to teenagers all around the globe. That said as a middle school teacher, it used to annoy me to no end when my students had there phones out in class. But since having small kids who love my iPhone and seem to know how to use it better than me at times for their kids apps, I am amazed at how smartphones are now great learning tools too. I write this as my not quite 2 year old is playing on my iPhone!! Seriously, loved this article, voted and shared too.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

An interesting perspective from another part of the world.....it appears things are much the same there as they are here with regards to cell phones. Great hub, Tina! Nice to see you writing again.

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