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24/7 | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
Just as the automobile radically changed people's lives at the beginning of the 20th century, so too has the revolution in online services (including blogging, podcasting, videogaming, shopping, and social networking) and cell-phone use changed our lives at the turn of the 21st century. In addition, many other services, activities, and devices--including the Palm Pilot, the BlackBerry, the iPod, digital cameras, and cell cameras--have been made possible by the combination of these two technologies. Whereas the automobile allowed people for the first time to work in cities and live comfortably in the suburbs, extending the long commute beyond the limits previously circumscribed by public transportation, the Internet and cell phone allow us to interact with others from around the world--or a few hundred miles--from where we work or live, giving rise to the telecommuting phenomenon and allowing us to stay in touch with friends and families in the new virtual environment. As Hanson demonstrates in her new book, these technologies enable us to work and play 24/7, anytime, anywhere.
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Hanson, Jarice. "24/7." Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

http://books.google.com/books?id=rrA23DxjRwwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=are+cell+phones+addictive+online+book&hl=en&sa=X&ei=pTtiVIauGIajNsq8g8AP&ved=0CEAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=are%20cell%20phones%20addictive%20online%20book&f=false

This excerpt from the book is basically what the whole book is about.  "Just as the automobile radically changed people's lives at the beginning of the 20th century, so too has the revolution in online services (including blogging, podcasting, videogaming, shopping, and social networking) and cell-phone use changed our lives at the turn of the 21st century.  In addition, many other services, activities, and devices--including the Palm Pilot, the BlackBerry, the iPod, digital cameras, and cell cameras--have been made possible by the combination of these two technologies.  Whereas the automobile allowed people for the first time to work in cities and live comfortably in the suburbs, extending the long commute beyond the limits previously circumscribed by public transportation, the Internet and cell phone allow us to interact with others from around the world--or a few hundred miles--from where we work or live, giving rise to the telecommuting phenomenon and allowing us to stay in touch with friends and families in the new virtual environment.  As Hanson demonstrates in her new book, these technologies enable us to work and play 24/7, anytime, anywhere."

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Youth Radio Podcast: Cell Phone Addiction, Teen vs. Their Parents

Youth Radio Podcast: Cell Phone Addiction, Teen vs. Their Parents | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
What does it mean for all these mature people flush with technology? Well, according to the young people Youth Radio reporter Maya Escobar spoke with, teens are no longer the most “phone addicted” ...
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"Youth Radio Podcast: Cell Phone Addiction, Teen vs. Their Parents." Youth Radio. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

https://youthradio.org/news/article/cell-phone-addiction-teen-vs-their-parents/

Teens are not the only ones who are addicted to cell phones, it is parents as well.  91% of adults have a mobile phone and 78% are owned by teens.  According to research, parents are the more addicted than the teens are.  In the video, he disagrees that he is more addicted than his daughter is.  Texting while driving is very common in adults and teens.  The daughter in the video gets the phone records from her family's cell phone bill.  She realizes that her father actually talks on his phone more than herself.  People these days blame all the addictions to the teens for being on their phones, when it is them too who use their phones just as much.  Parents like to blame their children's decisions, grades, and lots of things on their children's cell phones.  Sometimes in some cases grades and such can be blamed by the phones because it can cause a huge distraction in their child's life.  But in other cases, it may have no effect on their child at all.  Their should be a good balance for a person to use their phones, and not many people have it.  People should try going one day without their phone to see if they can live without it or not.

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Our Creepy Attachment To Cell Phones Could Be An Addiction

Our Creepy Attachment To Cell Phones Could Be An Addiction | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
I’m taking a community college stats course right now through the UCLA extension program, and even though I’m only 29, I've found myself experiencing a lot of horrifying "back in my day" moments.

Here’s one: The class c...
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Almendrala, Anna. "Our Creepy Attachment To Cell Phones Could Be An Addiction." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 05 Sept. 2014. Web. 10 Nov. 2014

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/05/cell-phone-addiction_n_5769730.html

We live in a generation where we do not remember what it was like to not have a cell phone.  We have an addiction to our smart phones, we can not live without them if we tried.  It always has to be by our side no matter what and we constantly have to check all of the social media being posted, or we will be out of the loop.  Cell phones have grown to become a part in our everyday lives.  The man who wrote this article goes to a Community College in California.  He said that people are paying about $500 dollars to take the class and about $100 for a parking pass.  He says that it is very disrespectful for them to not participate or even bother to care what the professor is trying to say.  The professors are being payed regardless if a person fails or not and it is the students' responsibility if they want to learn or not.  A group of friends in his class appointed one person to take notes and to scan for the rest of the class later so the rest of the students can sit and scroll around on their phones.  It amazed him at the amount of people who just do not care because they are too addicted to their phones. 

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Joyce Oh's curator insight, December 8, 2017 12:22 PM
Most likely we will have addictions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The horrifying news is that we'll experience back pains because of all the rubbish things we do on our cell phones. It's crazy to say that we look on our cell phones for at least 8 hours a day... 
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"KazzaDrask Media." KazzaDrask Media RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

http://www.kazzadraskmedia.com/2010/06/

The picture above is a picture a guy made that represents two things that in his opinion are bad.  The more that cigarettes and cell phones are used, the worse they are for your emotional and physical health.  He also says that he thinks that cell phone companies should either tell or put somewhere on the phone how much radiation is given off when the phone is being used. This week, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed an ordnance that Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign.  If that happens, beginning next year, it will be illegal to sell a cellphone in San Francisco without warning the would-be buyer that their head may fall off from long-term exposure.  America’s Federal Communication Commission has set limits on cellphone radiation for years, making sure that all phones are tested before going on sale.  The amount of radiation absorbed is determined by the design of the phone that you have.  Smart phones give off more radiation than just a regular phone.  The picture represents the topic well because both items in the picture can lead to very bad things if over used.  They can have many effects on the body that could damage a person forever. 

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The Psycho-Social-Emotional Effects of Cell Phone Overuse - Natural News Blogs

The Psycho-Social-Emotional Effects of Cell Phone Overuse - Natural News Blogs | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
Does anyone look anyone in the eye anymore? The effects of cell phone overuse may be sapping the precious humanity from society.
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"The Psycho-Social-Emotional Effects of Cell Phone Overuse - Natural News Blogs." Natural News Blogs RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://blogs.naturalnews.com/the-psycho-social-emotional-effects-of-cell-phone-overuse/

We here about the potential radiation effects on our body, but what about the social/emotional side of it?  The lady who wrote the article took her family on a trip to Disney.  She noticed that her daughter stayed on her phone most of the time while at Disney.  She makes an argument that people can not be away from their phones.  She says next time you are at a restaurant, look around and try to find people who are not using their phones while at the dinner table.  Also, a comedian named Dean Obeidellah took part in an experiment regarding cell phones.  She was challenged to not use her phone for a whole day.  She was very worried because what if she needed to get in touch with someone, or someone needed to get in touch with her?  She said before cell phones, they made it through just fine.  Instead of texting and checking her email constantly, she observed the world around her.  She said "It truly resembled a movie set filled with extras from all walks of life. A beautiful woman walked quickly past me while fixing her make up. Asian tourists were busy snapping photos. A businessman looked busy talking on his phone. A group of Hasidic men were kibitzing while an Arab man sold falafel from a cart."

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Cellphone Radiation May Alter Your Brain. Let’s Talk.

Cellphone Radiation May Alter Your Brain. Let’s Talk. | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
There are a number of things that cellphone users can do to reduce the potential impacts of radiation on their brains.
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Murphy, Kate. "Cellphone Radiation May Alter Your Brain. Let’s Talk." The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 Mar. 2011. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/31/technology/personaltech/31basics.html?_r=0

The Journal of the American Medical Association brought the idea that cell phone activity could alter brain activity.  The report said it was unclear whether the changes in the brain, an increase in glucose metabolism after using the phone for less than an hour, had any negative health or behavioral effects.  But, it has many people wondering what they can do to protect themselves from a cell phone.  Dr. Volcow says that cell phones are a great thing and she would never tell people to stop using them.  She does advise people to use the speaker phone when talking, or hold it away from your face by a distance.  Another option she says is the wireless bluetooth also.  This means that the phone  never has to come near your face.  Also, carry your phone in a purse or brief case so it does not come in contact with any of your body. Some studies have suggested a link between cellphone use and cancer, lower bone density and infertility in men.  Then other studies show no effect at all, and that that cell phone is harmless.  The SAR number is not displayed when you compare cellphones at your local wireless store, and trying to find it in the fine print of your user manual is an exercise in frustration.  The F.C.C. maintains that SAR values “do not provide sufficient information” to reliably compare cellphone radiation emissions because certain phones might rarely operate at maximum power.

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Mobile Interaction with the Real World: An Evaluation and Comparison of Physical Mobile Interaction Techniques - Springer

Mobile Interaction with the Real World: An Evaluation and Comparison of Physical Mobile Interaction Techniques - Springer | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
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"Mobile Interaction with the Real World: An Evaluation and Comparison of Physical Mobile Interaction Techniques - Springer." Mobile Interaction with the Real World: An Evaluation and Comparison of Physical Mobile Interaction Techniques - Springer. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-76652-0_1

Mobile devices are being used more for mobile interactions with things, places and people in the real world.  However, so far no studies have discussed which interaction techniques are preferred by users in different contexts.  This paper presents an  comparison of four different physical mobile techniques: touching, pointing, scanning and user-mediated object interaction.  To evaluate these techniques across different scenarios and to collect real usage data, four prototypes were implemented: a system for mobile interaction in smart environments, a mobile tourist guide, a mobile museum guide and a prototype for mobile interaction with advertisement posters.  In each setting an experimental comparison was performed. Based on the results of these studies, which involved over 60 participants in total, advantages and disadvantages of these interaction techniques are described.  Context-specific user preferences are presented for the interaction techniques, to help application designers and developers decide which interaction techniques to get  into their application and which consequences this decision has.

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Mobile phones and your health - Better Health Channel

Mobile phones and your health - Better Health Channel | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
International research has found no conclusive evidence that mobile phones are damaging to health in the short or long term, including any link to cancer. However, there are still unanswered questions regarding the safety of mobile phones. Using a mobile phone while driving greatly increases the risk of traffic accidents.
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"Mobile Phones and Your Health - Better Health Channel." Better Health Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Mobile_phones_and_your_health

Cell phones communicate with base stations using radiofrequency (RF) radiation. If RF radiation is high enough, it has a ‘thermal’ effect, which means it raises the body temperature. There are concerns that the low levels of RF radiation given off by mobile phones could cause health problems such as headaches or brain tumors.  International research has found no convincing evidence that cell phones are damaging to health in the short or long term. However, in May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified RF radiation as ‘possibly carcinogenic for humans, based on an increased risk for glioma, a type of brain cancer.  Because RF radiation is a form of non-ionising radiation, it cannot cause cancer. There is no other known biological way that RF radiation could be carcinogenic.  However, there are still unanswered questions regarding the safety of mobile phones.  Using a mobile phone while driving greatly increases the risk of traffic accidents.  Some states have made it illegal to text or talk on the phone while driving.  People should not use their phone while driving because in just a split second they can look away and have already hit a car.  Some people think they have the multitasking thing nailed down, but no one can text and drive at the same time.

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Cell phones alter brain activity: Good or bad?

Cell phones alter brain activity: Good or bad? | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
Dr. Jennifer Ashton says National Institutes of Health researchers don't know whether increased brain activity from phones is good or bad
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"Cell Phones Alter Brain Activity: Good or Bad?" CBSNews. CBS Interactive, n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cell-phones-alter-brain-activity-good-or-bad/

217 million Americans own a cell phone.  The question is are they actually safe?  A new study shows that  changes in the brains of cell phone users is bringing about concerns on the effect of those phones on people's health. CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explained the National Institutes of Health study, conducted on 47 people during a 50-minute call, has brought about some interesting results of brain activity.  She explained, "What the researchers did was ask people to hold a cell phone up to the right and left sides of their head in the 'on' and 'off' positions respectively, and then, using a PET (positron emission tomography) scan to measure brain activity, known as glucose metabolism, they found that when the phone was in the 'on' position, they actually found increase in activity, shown on the PET scan in red."  Also, the brains of children tend to be thinner than a normal brain.  This also means that their brains are more susceptible to any effects during the growing period.  Doctor Ashton says, "Obviously, things like hands-free use -- while it doesn't drop the energy transition risk to zero -- it will lower it.  And obviously, most states have a mandate law that prevents you from driving with a cell phone held to your head. So you should be using those things anyway. And lastly, you don't want to sleep with a cell phone under your pillow or directly next to your bed. Very commonsense things." 

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5 Ways Your Cell Phone Is Harming Your Health

5 Ways Your Cell Phone Is Harming Your Health | Are cell phones good or bad for you? | Scoop.it
By Alysha Reid, Everyday Health

As the iPhone 5 hit stores on Sept. 21, North America went bananas over Apple: days-long lines in front of Apple stores, and pre-orders reaching more than 2 million in just two days. This time around, the iPhone...
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"5 Ways Your Cell Phone Is Harming Your Health." The Huffington Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

http://www.scoop.it/t/do-young-americans-really-claim-their-own-ideology-or-their-parent-s-ideology

Cell phones are not only bad for your physical health, but also for your emotional health.  Smart phones give off so much radiation that they can cause cancer.  Some researchers have found that the radiation from your smart phone can cause cancer, but others say that there is no way that it can cause cancer.  The digital security company Lookout surveyed 2,097 people, and revealed that 94% could not go without their smart phone.  Nomophobia is the the separation anxiety that indicates a psychological dependence on cell phones because the devices are a convenient way for us to meet basic human needs.  Humans are very social people and we love to stay connected.  Eventually, our obsession with our smart phones is going to ruin some of our vital skills.  Because of phones, people are losing their communication or face-to-face communication.  With the smart phones having a tiny screen, it causes us to strain our eyes.   This can lead to computer vision syndrome, an eye condition that can lead to dry eyes, difficulty focusing, and even double vision.  Also, in our society today pretty much everyone texts.  People who text a tremendous amount are very likely to have a chronic pain in their fingers later in life.  Also, bacteria can get onto your phone and cause you to become very sick,  It can cause diarrhea, urinary track infections, and even some kidney problems.

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