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Are smartphones your best friend, or your worst enemy?

Nathan Croft

on 21 January 2015

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"A survey by SSAD and Liberty Mutual Insurance found that 52% of teens who say their parents would be unlikely to punish them for texting and driving said they would continue to do so, compared with 36% who believe their parents would penalize them."(AT Issue 65)
Benefits of a smartphone
Talking live, texting, Email, and apps such as Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.

Social media apps such as Vine and Instagram, ABC Family app, Netflix and Youtube.
This means teens who don't get in trouble will continue to text and drive, and teens who think their parents would punish them for texting and driving will stop doing it.
Smartphones are incredibly helpful devices because they provide people with communication, entertainment, and
information, but can be dangerous, as they are more addictive than other cell phones.
"Let's begin by taking a look at the survey results by examining the response to drinking and driving. While the survey showed that almost all Americans believe driving after having three or more drinks (94 percent) is dangerous or very dangerous, shockingly some 37 percent of those who drink alcohol say they've driven at a time when they'd likely had too much to drink. Three in 10 (30 percent) agree that they are more likely to get behind the wheel after a few drinks if they only have to drive a short distance.

With regard to our smartphone usage while behind the wheel, more than nine in 10 Americans believe sending (94 percent) and reading (91 percent) texts while driving is dangerous or very dangerous. Well, they apparently don't care that they know it's dangerous because roughly 75 percent of drivers with cell phones say they do text while driving and two in 10 (21 percent) say they do so frequently." (McEnaney)

"The numbers are as alarming among Millennials as approximately 25 percent of drivers with cell phones from this generation frequently talk on the device while driving, read text messages (27 percent) and send texts (24 percent) while behind the wheel.

Some frightening results from a survey that should serve as wake-up call for stricter distracted driving laws in the United States." (McEnaney)

Millennials often don't think about what they're risking when they text and drive.
"These same folks are also not concerned while riding shotgun and witnessing these dangerous driving habits. The majority (63 percent) say they have driven with someone who is talking on a cell phone (62 percent while holding), and 40 percent say they do so often." (McEnaney)
Making Use of Smartphones

Researchers at MIT University have created a device that can test and diagnose your eyesight by just attaching to to the camera. So you can just use your phone instead of wasting a trip to the doctor's office.

Many businesses allow their employees to use their phones. They can be used for communication and overall help production. However, after a recent poll was taken;
86% of people find it inappropriate to answer calls during a meeting
84% think It's inappropriate to answer texts/e-mails during a formal meeting
22% feel it's inappropriate to use phones in any meeting
"Suppressed data included estimates that cell-phone-related driver distraction had contributed to 955 fatalities and 240,000 motor vehicle accidents in 2002 alone"(AT Issue 62-63).
In these accidents, people claimed to be using "handsfree" devices. This shows how handsfree devices are not as safe as they seem.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, smartphones are causing people to get less exercise and become lazy
Smartphones are addictive and people use them instead of getting exercise
People bring their smartphones everywhere including to places they go to get exercise
Those who are addicted to their phones are more negatively affected
"Looking at participation in a variety of smartphone activities by age of owner, the study finds that rates of texting, picture taking, accessing the web, sending a photo/video, emailing, and app downloading are all above 50% for smartphone owners of all ages." (Marketing Charts staff)
Works Cited
"Truckers who text and drive are 23 times more likely to get in an accident while texting than undistracted driver."(AT Issue 69-70)
This means drivers are more likely to crash if they are texting and driving than those who are not.
"About 9 in 10 (92%) US smartphone owners send or receive text messages..." (Marketing charts staff)
Works Cited
AT Issue. Cell Phones and Driving. New York: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print.
Issues that Concern You. Electronic Devices in School. New York: Greenhaven Press, n.d. Print.
Kaitlin. "Which side are you on?" Opposing Viewpoints In Context Sept. 2014: 1. Print.
Marketing Charts staff. "Smartphones Provide Info, Entertainment." Marketing Charts. Watershed Publishing, n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <http://www.marketingcharts.com/online/smartphones-provide-info-entertainment-18855/>.
McEnaney, Michael. "Despite knowing the danger, we’re still buried in our smartphones while driving." TECH TIMES. Tech Times LLC, 20 June 2014. Web. 23 Dec. 2014. <http://www.techtimes.com/articles/8903/20140620/despite-knowing-danger-re-still-buried-smartphones-driving.htm>.
Morin, Monte. "Is Your Smartphone Making You Fat And Lazy?" Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2013. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <http://articles.latime.com>.
Payne, Robert. "Your Smartphone is Clever and Dangerous!" Cohn Reznick. Watkins Meegan, n.d. Web. 6 Jan. 2015. <http://www.watkinsmeegan.com>.
Stoneburner, Christina A. "Are smartphones a boon or a bane to employers?" Inside Counsel 16 Dec. 2014: n. pag. Print.
"Using Smartphones To Diagnose Eye Defects." Inside R&D 11 July 2014: 1. Print.


Sixty-nine percent of smartphone owners download apps, more than 17 times the 4% of other cell phone owners who do so.
By Laura Connor, Kelly Frost, Jack Marshall, Mackenzie Yates, Nathan Croft
Best Friend...,
Worst Enemy
-79% of Smartphone owners used device to receive information immediately in the last 30 days (Marketing Charts staff).
Are Smartphones More



Smartphones can be helpful, but people are way too reliant on them. People are always glued to their phones, too busy to notice the world. They make us unfocused and lazy. Instead or writing things down, or using your brain, you'll just type it, or look it up without really learning anything. We end up using our brains less, and copy & paste more.
Affecting Our Focus
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