Wireless Tech: How are You Affected?

(This was my speech for my SPEECOM class.)

“Hello? Ah, yes. Sorry. I’m quite busy right now.”

Cellphones are very trending, don’t you think? It’s very rare for you to see any person walking without their phones in their hands or pockets. Dial here, dial there, type here, type there, and oh – call here and call there. It’s very convenient! Back in the old days, messaging was done through letters – handwritten – closed inside an envelope. You have to travel to your nearest post office just to drop your letter. Your recipient will receive your letter more or less within three days, well if it’s special delivery, the day after your drop. But now, you just have to make your thumbs do the work and send and in a second, your recipient will receive your message in a jiffy! But that’s not all; you can also use your phone to manipulate computers. We have games installed in our phones – internet! Could you expect more from these gadgets? Well if they can produce pizzas and burgers, hell I don’t want to leave my house anymore! But that’s impossible. Let’s face it. But the thing here is that your phone is portable and can do a lot of works – bigger than its size. I know I may sound weird and all – talking about the great works of phone – oooh, phones! But the thing here is, are you aware how these gadgets shaped your social life? Let me ask you. Can you live a day without your phone? How about a week?

A new study, commissioned by communications company TeleNav, says that our society is obsessed with cellphones. The study sought an answer to the question: Exactly what would people give up before their cell phone? The answer is a surprising amount of life’s pleasures.

According to them, the results show there are differences between the different types of smartphone and between genders, but overall, people were willing to go to great lengths to keep their phone in the palm of their hands. A third of all people surveyed were willing to give up sex for a week rather than go without their cellphone, although, 7 out of 10 of these people were women. Another, 7 out of 10 said they would give up alcohol, 6 out of 10 were willing to forego chocolate, and 5 out of 10 of people were willing to go without caffeine rather than have no access to their cell phone. Only one in five people were willing to go without shoes rather than lose their cellphone, but that is still 1 out of 5 people surveyed who would rather walk down the street barefoot than not be able to text.

Perhaps the most telling of the survey responses was that 1 out of 5 people said they would be willing to go a week without seeing their significant other rather than go without their phones. Who needs a girlfriend when you have a smartphone? Not so sure about that one — if you can go without your personal relationships because of your phone, it might be time to put the technology down and back away slowly, perhaps. God, what’s wrong with our generation? As if you’d marry your phone over your girlfriend or boyfriend.

Some teenagers believe that with the text message communication, enables them to express their feelings freely and sincerely to someone. This is why they like to be “plugged-in” with it all day long. I think that it depends on each person when considering if cellphone messaging is a kind of slavery or freedom because I believe in free will, therefore each of us have the choice of doing it or not. There are times when it’s good, to ask for homework, to reach you in a mall, on a bus, at the theatre – hotels, or to call your mom so that she can pick you up from someplace. The “important thing” may be to know when to leave the cellphone or pager at home. Unfortunately, for some people, the fact that these things exist creates the expectation that they’ll always use them. People need time away from work, time to be with their families, or with their cats, time to study, or just time to be alone. Many teenagers are forgetting that, and technology is making it too easy for them to do so – too easy for them to forget. Get a life! And yet, in the end I think it is a good thing, because an instant text message is less intrusive than a phone call. Anyone can send you a message and you have the freedom to reply or to ignore, especially the SMS about the Tagaytay Highlands reservation and bank loans. I believe some of you received them.

The study also confirmed that texting is replacing talking among teens. Teens admitted spending nearly an equal amount of time talking as they do texting each month. The feature is so important to them that if texting were no longer an option almost half of teen respondents say their social life would end or be worsened – that’s especially so among females.

Teens say texting has advantages over talking because it offers more options, including multitasking, speed, the option to avoid verbal communication, and because it is fun – in that order, according to the study. The best part? You can check your message over and over and over again before sending – making sure it’s flawless – especially if you are texting your crush with matching “should I send it now or later?” That’s the hardest decision for guys.

With more than 1 billion text messages sent each day, it is no surprise that some teens say they can text blindfolded.
“Teens have created a new form of communication. We call it texting, but in essence it is a reflection of how teens want to communicate to match their lifestyles. It is all about multitasking, speed, privacy and control,” said Joseph Porus, VP & chief architect, Technology Group, Harris Interactive. He also added “Teens in my study are crying for personalization and control of exactly what a wireless device or plan can do for them.”

They are also harmful to people’s health. Some scientists have said that cellphones are the worst invention of the world. According to them, cellphones have a lot of bad health effects due to their radiation. This radiation is similar to the harmful radiation of microwave. Do you want to know how this will affect your brain? Try placing your head inside an oven and heat for at least 1 minute. No one wants to stick their heads into a microwave, but they always bring their phones too close to their ears. I’m always reminding my brother not to sleep with his phone under his pillow. This radiation affects their brains and hearts. For brains, it makes sleep difficult. As a result, they do not have enough energy to work and study. Oh, a trivia – do you know that even the smallest luminescence can alter your sleeping pattern? So, if someone texted you while you were asleep, blame that person the moment you wake up if you lacked sleep – even a minute less – just kidding. For heart, well typically, it is still the brain. You won’t place your phone under your pillow unless you are waiting for a reply from “someone.” So, how the heart is affected? Simple, if they replied a message without smiley or anything – shit, she’s serious. Your mind doesn’t function very well at night, therefor, you feel paranoid. And you will spend the whole night thinking why she replied that way. Why do I know this? It happens all the time.

Another one, calculate how much you spent last week for your credits. I know this very light but let me open this topic. Some of you subscribed for a postpaid credit. Wow. I had a problem with that when I was in High School. My mom cut my subscription because in one month, I accumulated about 2000 credits, not too much, just exceeding my monthly limit about 300%. Why? I was too lazy to type for an SMS. My phone runs with speed dial. What do you expect? I call – 5 minutes per hour. How many hours do we stay awake? How many days do we spend in school and at home? Accumulate them. You’ll be surprised of how long you held your phone. So let me change the previous argument, instead of “You can’t live a day without your phone”, let’s have “You can’t live a day without credits in your phone” because, ironically, we don’t leave our phone away from us. Some of you may say “no, we have Facebook”. Oh, c’mon we’re talking about phones. All of us can survive in a zombie outbreak but we are not prepared for an hour without internet – just saying.

In conclusion, is it bad to have phones? No, it’s not bad. It’s actually beneficial. However, you will feel like a caveman if you don’t have a phone. Everyone thinks that way. But the bad side here, we are not noticing what is small. It became a norm – a standard to have phone – a rule. But remember, we mold technology, not the other way around. Thank you.

About Rex Tan

Electronics and Communications Engineer

Posted on February 23, 2012, in Journey, Money, Science, Society and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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