If you are older than dirt then you remember life before the cell phone era. The newer generations are born with a cell phone attached to their hand. Phones are a communication tool, right? Yesterday it was a party line with the neighbors; today cell phones are comparable to the 5-in-1 tool of technology.
Martin Cooper, the father of our hand held devices, created the first phone onApril 3, 1973. Carting it around though was considered a chore due to the 30 minute talk time, a brick-like battery and a 10 hour charge time. Ten years later in 1983 the first mobile phones went on sale and by 1990, there were a million users. The mobile phone industry is the fastest growing in the world.
A new study out (commissioned by AT&T) found that kids will receive their first mobile phone on average at about age 12, and 34% have a smartphone. If you want to dig deeper into this study the facts may alarm you, especially if you have kids. More than 53% of kids tested report they ride with friends who are texting and driving. Almost half have reported receiving sexual messages or pictures and 1 in 5 kids say they have been bullied through a text message. Using the cell phone to cheat on exams is common now. As stated before, mobile phones are a ‘communication’ tool, right? The power of cell phones cannot be denied when statistics prove both the positive and negative aspects of modern technology. Did you know 90% of Japan’s phones are waterproof…because kids use them even in the shower?
Let’s forget for a minute about the power of cell phones from the inside inter-web thing and put our focus on the makeup of the phone in general. Mobile phone radiation can cause insomnia, headaches, and confusion. If you are a worrier, then definitely shy away from talking on the phone while blasting that microwave. And, what is the probability you may be suffering from “Nomo phobia”… the fear of being without your cell phone or losing your signal.
More people have mobile phones than toilets. More people have mobile phones than toothbrushes. So are we to assume we value technology over hygiene? With the snazzy little mobile device in our hands comes most of our shopping. Nine out of ten internet searches leads to action (over half lead to purchase). Surprisingly, the number one thing people use their cell phone for is not texting or calling, but to check the time. Could wristwatches become obsolete? Not likely, as there is a cell phone wristwatch almost available.
So grab your cell phone and marvel in the vast eighth wonder of the world. It won’t be long until a new wave of technology expands the mass abilities of this communication tool. In fact, Project Ara is right around the corner with a whole new idea serialcommunications.com Until then you are stuck with only being able to open garage doors with that amazing little device.