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Cell Phones: The Dark Side

Updated on May 6, 2016
Cell Phones Cell Phones Everywhere!!!
Cell Phones Cell Phones Everywhere!!!
Turn Them Off
Turn Them Off
No Cell Phone Use
No Cell Phone Use
We Don't Want to Hear Your Conversations
We Don't Want to Hear Your Conversations
No Texting While Driving
No Texting While Driving
Texting in Class
Texting in Class
Cheating in Class
Cheating in Class
Cheating in Class
Cheating in Class
Text Break Up
Text Break Up

Getting Away With Texting

School Bus Driver Caught Talking On Cell Phone

DWI: Driving While Intexticated

Mobile phones, they are everywhere and can do just about anything. It seems that everyone has a cell phone young and old. When my kids were in kindergarten they had a classmate that had a cell phone for medical reasons. There is no demographic that is excluded from getting a mobile phone especially with the “pay as you go” plans that are available. With something that is so new there has to be a downside (of course there is because there is a downside to just about everything) and with cell phones there are several. This may be due to the fact that there is truly no cell phone etiquette or if there is it is not being used by everyone.

  1. SextingSexting has become the newest craze among teens and 20 year olds. Sexting is sending sexy messages and pictures through cell phones; these pictures are usually of a scantily clothed or naked person and can be sent from the cell phone to another cell phone or from the cell phone to the computer with ease. Usually the pictures are sent to boyfriends or girlfriends and everything is ok until that couple breaks up and the pictures are then sent to other people’s cameras or computers as retribution. The pictures are sent to numerous people and they end up in the cell phones and computers of many others to the embarrassment of the victim. At this point sexting turns into bullying a new form of cyber bullying that is also out of control.
  2. CHEATING – Maybe not the type of cheating that you would normally think of this type of cheating has to do with students in school.Students have yet another method in their arsenal when it comes to the cell phone use. Because cell phones have cameras and texting capability it is possible to give answers to other students. Students can take pictures of their graded tests and send them to other students giving others the answers that they need. Or students can text another student a question and receive a text answer back. Although most schools are prohibiting cell phones from classrooms they are still some students that are able to use their cell phones at school and even in classes. Cheating is still possible using a cell phone unless they are completely banned from the classroom.
  3. NEGATIVE TEXT MESSAGES – There are so many different types of negative text messages. I have talked a little bit about cyber bullying which is also occurring through texting and usually with young people, this is through hateful text messages from one person to another. There is also the dreaded text message break up which is honestly a shameless way to break up. Some also leave cell phone voice messages to do the same. One text message that I recently received actually informed me that my friend (who I thought the text message was from because it was from her cell phone number) had passed away. This is not a good way to get that type of information for two reasons; it’s impersonal and it can be confusing or misleading. There are many different forms of negative text messaging.
  4. USING PHONES IN PUBLIC PLACES/RESTRICTED AREAS – There is nothing more annoying than having to listen to other people’s conversations while you are out in public; for example when I ride public transportation and have to listen to a one-sided argument or what so and so did to so and so. I also cannot stand being out to dinner and having to listen to obnoxious ringtones. Yet another annoyance is people who use their cell phones in restricted areas where they are running off at the mouth on their cell phone completely ignoring the posted signs. My final pet peeve is people who continually look at their phones or answer text messages while you are trying to have a conversation with them. I live by the philosophy that there is a time and place for everything and that includes cell phone usage.
  5. TEXTING/TALKING WHILE DRIVING – This is never a good idea although many still do it. I see at least one person talking on their cell phone without a hands-free kit while driving on a daily basis. I am also now seeing more and more people texting while driving. This is a very risky habit and can result in serious car accidents because the texter/talker is not paying attention to the road. I wrote about this in Ten Things Not to Do While Driving. I have heard of such accidents and not only with cars but with buses and trains as well. I admit that this can be tempting to do especially when it’s a “quick” call or text but those are not as quick as we would like to think because an accident can happen in a matter of seconds.

I love my cell phone and although cell phones are very useful they have a negative side as well. I am pointing out some of the negatives with the understanding that I have committed at least two of the five listed (trust me you will not find naked pictures of me on any cell phone, lucky you!). Cell phones can be addicting I know because I was without mine for almost a month and thought I was missing out on everything but then there was the side of me that thought, “Yeah I love that I am missing out on everything.” Cell phones can be very helpful and have gotten me out of some pretty hairy experiences but I think that there needs to be an understanding about the true etiquette required with using a cell phone.


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    • lambservant profile image

      Lori Colbo 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Excellent hub.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      8 years ago from West Coast

      annieloulaurel - I wish I knew the answer. I have no idea.

    • annieloulaurel profile image


      8 years ago

      Is cellphone radiation really harmful to one's brain?

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      Cell phone GPS tracker 

      9 years ago

      I think it has nothing to do with cell phones, but people who use them and how.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Nokia.

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      Nokia 5800 Applications 

      9 years ago

      Thanks a lot "Triplet Mom" for reminding us the dark side of Mobile phones which are really very important ones and every mobile users should know...

      Five very important points which should be remembered by each of us...

      Excellent information sharing......

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Ocbill I think that the only positive is for medical reasons; that is about the only reason I can think of. I made it through 12 years of school without a cell phone and survived. So I am in agreement with you.

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      10 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I know there are some positives for kids in school with cell phones (grades 6 to 12) but I am from the old school and think it is unnecessary..

      what happenned to calling and leaving the principal or teaacher a note by the teacher's assistant. now texting is OK but there is always a rebel or two that doesn't respect others. So no it disrupts the class.

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Infowe - That's a good reason to get one. The first time I ever received a cell phone was because of the job that I worked for and at the time I thought they were incredibly annoying because my boss would call all the time. lol.

    • infowe profile image


      10 years ago

      The reason I even got one was 911 when the towers went down and I was alone traveling to care for children.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Mother Hubber - I think that cell phone has taken over so much that people seem to forget their manners. I try to be respectful in this manner it can be difficult at times especially when you are waiting for some news; from the doctor etc. Sometimes people are simply too attached to their phones.

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      10 years ago from Southern California

      TM Nice hub. . .I enjoyed it! I agreed with a lot of your points, but the one that really resonated with me was the one about people texting or checking their phone while visiting in person with someone else. This is the worst. I was on a play date with another mom and her child for the first time, and she did this the whole time we were at the park! It was really annoying. I think everyone should read your hub, and follow your rules! :-) Nicely done.

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      G-Ma - Its good that you have fun with your phone. I find it easy to send a text now and then when I don't have time to talk but I have some friends who text constantly and that's their only means of conversation. I might have to get that book because there are some things that I just don't get or are over my head lol.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well good job my dear and I learned a lot from this hub...The reason I even got one was 911 when the towers went down and I was alone traveling to care for children...I felt the need then to be more safe in case of an emergency...since then I have used my phone still for mainly long distance calls and for emergency's...but also have a ball texting to my friends and grandchildren...

      I hear there is a book out for parents with the texting language in am glad I don't have that poor parents these days have so much to keep up with...:O) thanks G-Ma  Hugs & Peace

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Univited. I think some people have become obsessed with their cell phones and I can understand that to some point. After not having one for about a month I have a new respect for not needing one.

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      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent hub. I have a cell phone but I only use it for emergencies. I had texting and the Internet but I took it off. Some people are far too dependent on their cells.


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