Monday, November 10, 2008

Cell Phones: A luxury (want) item or a necessity?

Recently, one of my kids wanted to get a cell phone, and I told "Mary" (names changed to protect their privacy :D), "Okay, go ahead and buy a cell phone, but I'm not paying for it." Mary said that she needed one to stay in contact with us, but fortunately, she was willing to pay for most of the cost and monthly fees because she realized I wasn't going to pay for it.

Personally, I see a cell phone as more of a convenience than anything, because I lived 40 years without one, and in most cases, I'd rather not carry one because everyone is always expecting an immediate response in an immediate age. Gone are the days when I lived in a foreign country 25 years ago, and went I sent a real letter to family, it sometimes took six weeks to receive a response. That was good in some ways because I wasn't distracted by the fact that someone didn't reply to me (like email) in less that 2 minutes.

So, what do you think about cell phones? Do you see them as a necessity or just a want? Share your ideas.

Randall

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

I toally agree with you. Writing a letter to your family or friends sometimes instead of an E-mail or a textmessage is really great idea to bring more fun to their lives.

Nafiseh said...

I think every technological devices have two different aspects, good and bad. Generally, I think technologic tools including cell phones invented to help humans and to ease life.But, how we use them can define their harmfulness or usefulness.In my experience and in most cases, people have cell phones as a luxury tools. They have it because their friends or colleagues have it.The function of cell phone for some of my friends is talking much more time with their friends. In fact, they have extended their calling times into other places like outside home or at office. They do not use it in an emergency case. So, I think cell phone is not a neccesity for life.

Anonymous said...

I think the necessity depend on several factors. Two of that are age and business. With some adult, it's very essential in the information era and it's the forced thing for their job. With teenager, almost they use it to talk with their friend, chat, gossip, listen to music, surf web and watch video. Many, many things in their hands. But not without cell phone, they can't do it. They can do it with home phone and computer. So, finally I think it depend on your thought.

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Pline said...

Hello ! :) I think cell phones are not necessities but in it's usefull because , for example when i lose my friends in my high schoool i can call them to meet them. And when i can call my parents when i don't whant to go home straight away.
But, yes, cell we can live without cell phone. And i agree whith you when you said that whriting a letter to your family is good but to have a cell phone don't prevent from writing letters ! :)


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Anonymous said...

cell phones is not a necessity in life because like what i observed to the people around me, they have cell phone just to be "in"..Cell phones is one of the thing that can make you wasting of money for loading just to have fun with friends,textmates and bF/gf.There are many ways to have stable communication..

marhaba said...

I think cellphone is necessity in our lives. it provide a lot convenient to us. with it, we can call each other in emergency case, send a greetings when holidays... as Nafiseh said, everything has two aspects, cellphone is no exception. it wastes money, time, and it has radiation, especially teenagers use it when they are in class--sent textmessage , listen to music, watch video... how to use it up to you. age person can control yourself, avoid needless chatting, use it as little as maybe in normal time. to teenager, we can take some steps , for example, use some technique to power off their cell when they are in class, set limit their phone bill etc. in a word, cell phone is the products of new technology. we couldn't negative it.

Juan Ysimura said...

well, first of all, I think Cell phones are important, but it is not for everybody. For example, people who are hard-workers, people who live most of the time outside home, need a cell phone as a necessity. Otherwise, people who stay in home all the time don't need such kind of communication. It surely depends of what kind of person you are.

Julietta said...

As any other thing the cell phone has its pros and cons. Sometimes you want just to throw it out as it disturbs you while havimg rest, spending time with your friens or your family.... At time when you prefer to be alone or to enjoy the sielence... Sometimes you may feel like being tightly-laced by your cell phone as everyone in the world can reach wherever whenever you are.....
But on the other hand, can you imagine your life without a cell phone??????? Just hardly! As having a one means first of all being closer to people we love and we need... To get through to them when they need it at least via cell phone. It means also to be always in touch.... As you never know what can happen.....

tringuyen said...

I think, It is necessity in our life. It's very important to me, because i'm used to use it. I've called someone for 3-4 times a day. you know! right now!! my cell phone is over minutes to call. i'm feel very uncomfortable when i can not call my relatives. I can not work and study without it.

nguyen said...

i think it is the most important in society, but you must use it with right attitude, when you are in class, you mustn't use phone, you have to turn off or use silent mode, that is the best way to respect teacher

ROCÍO said...

maybe some people think that is necesary have cell phones but I think that necessity depends on our style life or our activities.for me, is not neccesary to have a cell phone in different places, for example in the cinema,in a classroom,in a church etc.

Anonymous said...

I think a cell phone is very useful tool that we have ever had. Especially, I though this when I moved to a foreign country with the cell phone. I could contact with people and companies in both home country and new country using the same phone number. That was very helpful for me to contact at any time and any places.

Anonymous said...

Hello my name is Joel, I think everyone should have a cell phone because it would use to call your dad in an emergency or in other cases.

Anonymous said...

i think that the cellphone is very usefull for every body because you can be comunicate in what ever part of the planet!! but the prices of the cellphone u=in special in my country are very expensive! and doesn't havea good offerts!!! and also the companys have really expencives prises for the calls ans msm!
meloni carrera

omar mosquera said...

I think have a cell phone is important because when you are in emergencies is important to have some help but the new cell phones are very exaggerated because is like a computer and people that need this cell phones are people that works in companies but children don´t need that cell phones they need only simple cell phones.

SEBASTIANG said...

I think that is very important to have a cell phone because if you have an emergency you can call for help

Robert said...

I think that have a cellphone sometimes could be a good idea, but an other time could be annoying. For example it is good when you are a person that needs be locate or have friends that need to comunicate. But looking in an other way it's bad when you presume it to all. So in conclusion if you need a cellphone you should have one.

Anonymous said...

Having a cell phone can be a luxury item or a necessity. It depends on situations. Let's think about teenagers. They spend most their time in their school. In this case, they don't need to have a cell phone. However, when they are outside the school, sometimes teenagers can have an emergency stuation. They contact with their parents using a cell phone. It is the best item in the urgent cases.
Therefore, we should use a cell phone appropriately.

Anonymous said...

In a developing society, communication has become more important and necessary. If in the past, people had to use pigeons to deliver letters within several days, then nowadays we can send and get replies just within some minutes. With a cell phone, we can communicate any time wherever in the world.
We cannot deny the merits of cell phones. Having a cell phone help us solve our job more convenient and quick. And in some cases of emergency such as accidents or fires, etc., a cell phone might do the job. Also, cell phones help you to stay in contact with your family. Before having a cell phone, every time I went out and could not come home on time, I did not know how to make my parents not worried. But since I had one, either I or my family has felt more assured whenever we are absent from home.
However, some people consider cell phones as a luxury jewelry. They change the model all the time to pace with their friends. Besides, there are some people (especially teenagers) use their cell phones only for chat and message. They use them to gossip for hours or just to take photographs and videos.
In summary, depending on the purposes of using a cell phone, we can see it a luxury item or a necessity.

Carlos said...

The more time passes, the more we have to carry things. Who dare doesn’t carry a cell phone in this day and age? We need this to call up someone, to ask for assistance, to make a complaint, to send and receive e-mail or SMS or MMS, whatever! We are completely dependent of this device. But, the million dollars question is: How could we live without this anytime? My grandma is 89, and she has never sent and e-mail, posted a blog, or even pressed the enter key so far. Is she unhappiness for this? Nope. Not at all. The fact is, she doesn’t need it. She can buy food, pay bills, go for a ride, in other words, she is able to live without any ‘digital platform’. If there is anything she missed? No. There isn’t. If she is happy? Yes, off course, my horse.

Anonymous said...

Of course, cell phones are great necessity nowadays. İn every step we take, we use one of them. People wonder about teenagers, their behaviours in the class(playing with the cell phone...). But this isnt problem and it mustnt be. Who does buy these cell phones to them? Now you may think "they want and we buy". At this point parents have to take the job. maybe right, maybe wrong. Thats my opinion.

Tarun,India said...

As far as I concern, mobiles are need in everyone's life.In today world people check time in mobile,set the alarm,set the Birthday reminder,check the mails and so on.The mobile now a days is not just a gadget to talk. will say that generation don't want to compromise.They want everything fast.On the other hand I will say,it's on you as well.If someone reply a miss call,I wil say it's stupid.If someone call his friends up just for chatting,it doesn't make any sense. If someone buy a expensive phone just for showbiz,it' also stupid.There might be catch in the market when someone's buy something but God has awarded mind to everyone and one work according to that.To conclude I will say it's a useful device.

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone,
So many ideas… but still we are staying between two fires. There no way back in the developing society and it’s impossible to deny the existence and the helpfulness of cell phones. Let’s set a good example (especially for children) by making a sensible use of that device and don’t criticise others for their misbehaviour.
Olga A.

Anonymous said...

The necessity of cell phones is increasing in a large manner; they are turning out to be highly important. But, there is always a negative side of any thing. At times you might not want to have it as it may disturb you while having rest. But considering its positive facts, the odds are few. =)

said...

I think to have a cell phone in life is convenient and important.It can save a lot of time while we need to contact someone for emergency matters. Also,when I studied in university, my parents can contact me easily as I didn't live with them.

Anonymous said...

now cell phone is really an important thing in our life,we can quickly connect with someone, no matter where we are, and you can use cell phone to do many things too, like surf the internet or dictionary.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we feel that these cells phones is very disturbing specially when we have a meeting or we have a lecturing in the university, but also in other time it'll be very necessery, I mean in the case that your car has been broken down or sometime you lose your path so you have to phone to you friends. there are many situations make you use the cell phone necesserly. So I find it that its advantages more than disadvantages.

Nicolás Pinilla Nossa said...

In my own opinion, I think celular phones are necessary and useful devices because times are changing faster than before, therefore, everybody has to be balanced regarding to new technologies as the internet and current celular phones.On the other hand, I believe everybody should have care of all consumerism phenomena and so not become as fanaticism people.
Is not compulsory to get a celular phone too expensive.Just one that permit us aloud talk and answer.

Nicolás Pinilla Nossa from Colombia.

Anonymous said...

Hello!

My name is Diana. I am from Colombia. This is my point of view.

I think that having a cellphone today is indispensable since it could help us in an emergency moment. It is not only a luxury, it is an excellent tool in order to have a real communication. It can be useful in a lot of scenarios with the purpose of facilitate the interation amung people.

Anonymous said...

Hello.
I am Erika. I would like to share with you something I think about cell phones.
In my opinion , the use of this device can be seen from two different perspectives: one of them is positive, since it can be a tool for communicating us around the world, it doesn´t matter the time or the event is taking part. It can be an instrument to transmit goor or bad news. A csll or message can make you happy for a minute. On the other hand, The wrong utilization of this item can enslave you, can be a means which you hurt someone or may interrupt your activities. In addition, a cell phone, doesn´t give a total privacity.
finally, the most important thing is: knowing how a cell phone must to be used.
Thanks and God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Hello I'm Fredys, I'm from colombia and this is my word of advice: What I think about the new devices such cellphones it is that they are becoming more popular not only on the way that they can help you to communicate with the rest of the world or some relatives of your who are abroad but also they are really fancy and glamorous, and you can browse on the web so you are able to check your e-mail which is awesome!!!.

Heavy Metal Daniel said...

Hi, I'm Daniel from Colombia.
For me, Cellphones nowadays are just necessary in order to buy things, buy some of time; however,to pay some taxes, to cut distances and most importantly "to not going anywhere with huge phone".
Remember that ten years ago we used to call people by a machine that we couldn't carry out from our houses; Now, we can find tiny machines that also has the option of mp3, video, camera, radio and so on. As we can see, technology is growing faster and maybe we could use, in a near future, cell phones adapted to our wristes.
And talking about cameras and other devices, some cell phones are just used as luxury, I mean, in order to show to others what we have or not.
I think that we just need a device to receive and send calls and text messages. Even thought, this machines are disturbing; so the best way to take a rest from them is: turning it off.

Anonymous said...

Hi everybody. I'm Marco Antonio, an English student from Colombia. I'm the kind of person who thinks cellphones these days are seen more as a luxury item more than a useful tool. Come on, why on earth a kid would need a cellphone. I remember when I was at school. I spent all day there without recieving any news from my parents or friends and it was OK. It wasn't necesary at all. I do believe, though, that some people give to cellphone the use they were created for: an easy way of communication.

Ahmed said...

Hi,
I am Ahmed from Saudi Arabia. I believe that cell-phone is very important tool that must be used for to make emergency calls. Today, me, my mother, father, wife and children are calling to tell us about a non-value added things.
Also, before we used to visit our family to celebrate for any special event. On the other hand, today we are sending SMS massages only. So a lot of social activities have been lost and the reason is the cell-phone.

I wish all of us are using the cell-phone for the right purpose.

Christine said...

All in all the cell-phone resolves a lot of daily problems in just a few minutes and here in Italy the fees are not so high. There are many phone companies competing in catching up the greatest number of customers and , of course, you have to compare the advantages for your individual use of the cell phone. As to me I' m very glad to have my handy , although its services are limited to calling and receiving calls together with sms messages, because if i had been without it, I would have remained in the middle of a dark street after my car accident.

Anonymous said...

hi, my name is Lina, well I think that having a cell phonen is a necessity because no metter where you are..you can speak with your family and friends. Also, you can solve some business problems when you are not working...Luxury is another thing...if you want to have the cell phone of the last technology...the most expensive....that is Luxury...

Anonymous said...

As today's innovation we are in a high-technologies just like cellphone. Cellphone is a good device that could help people in a fastest communication, others say it's a luxury. It differ on how everyone's value on it.

Some people say cellphone can makes people small word, like a family where their relatives work or stay in other country, others use cellphone as part of their business and some use cellphone to stay in touch to their work and love ones. Whereas, cellphone for some teenager's is only for luxury, as we observe most of the teenagers having more expensive cellphone than their parents phone. They want latest phone because of the high-tech features like camera, video, music and other aspect. They didn't value the real image of cellphone and what the help of cellphone in their life.

To end it up, cellphone is one of our necessity for today's world. Its just you on how to value the things that could help you a lot.

Nathália said...

Nowadays is hard to find people without a cell phone. Some of them think that it is just a luxury item while others think that it is a necessity.

For instance, with a cell phone we can talk fastly with other person and solve problems. In additon, everyone today uses it at work and need to have a cell phone to make the duties during the day

However, there are people who do not really need a cell phone and want this item only for luxury. In fact, I think that people who stay much time at home do not need a cell phone because they will not use this for necessity.

Furthermore, the companies that sell this item try to make our minds saying that everyone must to have a cell phone nowadays and also say that the fees are low, but sometimes it is not true.

To sum up, I believe that cell phone is a necessity only for those who pass much time in the street working hard. So, this could be a luxury for those who spend much time at home and also for children.

jorcellopez014 said...

Cell Phones are both luxury and necessary for us human in able to communicate for important peoples in our loves especially our love ones. At the same with this, we can now live our lives even more better. That's why it has a big role and somehow a huge contribution in our society nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Nowadays, we live in a world shaped by technology. Not having the technology, or not being able to access it can outcast one from society. The Internet exemplifies this fact. Cell phones are part of that technology that people need to remain connected to the world. Usually, when we are young, we don't want to be bothered; so, we avoid having a cell phone. However, a cell phone is still useful even at an early age because one might need to get in touch with his or her family. There might also be an emergency, and someone ought to be able to contact an ambulance if necessary. So, being connected to the world prevails; even as people grow older, in that employers need the cell phone numbers of their employees to keep in touch with them.

Alex- Brazil said...

In my humble opinion, cellphones came to improve the communication at all and it has turned some business fusible that, without them, it wouldn't be times ago. But, on the other hand, it has become a basic need like electric power or water system. So, there are some positives features and, also, negative. I think each people should know it's really reason for buying a cellphone.

Andrea Harrison said...

Thanks for this nice blog. For me it is a necessary not a luxury, it helps you can reach people through it from anywhere in the world.

luxury phones

Bertilde said...

Hi Randall! First of all, thank you for your help. I'm using your page almost everyday since I have to take a test next december.
About the article, I'd say cell phones are very useful because we are not in the past anymore, when people spent long time without communicating each other. However, I consider there should be certain limits for use. As everything in life, technology has two aspects, it depends on how you use it.

Ibrahim Mawdhah said...

I think that everyone have the same idea about cell phones but we always express our points of view by different words. Every new device which humans have been descovered has been used either in a good way or a bad way. And the cell phone is part of that, it's just invention and all the matter depends on our using of that invention. that's it.

Tatiana said...

In my opinion cell phones are just feature of the time as a device. But connection of the people in a short leg became a constant this days.
On one hand it's very comfortable to be connected in a quick way for businessman, for emergency cases, for each other support, getting information. It helps to live on the same page with the world. But on the other hand information exchange becoming faster each day and not everybody can adopt it. As a result it could destruct out physical and emotional health.
At the end of a day to have or not to have a cell phone it's up to us.

Anonymous said...

In may opinion, cell phone has become the necessity in the modern age. There are many services based on the cell phone, such as the on line ticket booking. Besides, many functions are included. You can take picture, listen to the music or watch the news. It is really inconvenient if you did not have cell phone with you. It's really hard to find the public phone nowadays. The cell phone is just like the computer. It looks like a new ,fashion toy, but would become a necessity with the age changed.

Estrella Betancourt R said...

Nowaday technological devices are very important that is why I think every one of them offer us many ways of communication. However, I think one of the most useful is the cell phone for many reasons, and the first one in order to communicate especially when we have any problem as you mention in the video. In fact, we need to have one but you know that there are some people that can´t afford not even the cheapest.

KiskoColonia said...

Cell phones help us communicate better with our families and friends, unlike many years ago when people could only rely on ordinary post office. We can also travel with fewer worries since, for example, it is not a big problem if our car breaks down on a far-off road. A simple call should be enough to retrieve the problem. Mobile phones also provide us with additional security with regard to health problems. For instance, in an emergency case we don´t need to go the hospital, but an ambulance is usually available to assist us at home. However, the main advantage that they have brought us is the reduction in time. For example, nowadays we don’t have to move to leave someone a message unless our presence is required, but we have the option of calling from wherever we are.

Nonetheless, in my opinion the use of mobile phones contributes to the loss of certain moral values, what might be specially damaging at early ages. Children who spend too much time using their phones might not be developing some social skills as much as their counterparts who don’t have access to electronic devices or who enjoy more time outdoors. Among those social skills I would point out the ability to meet new people or the ability to talk in front of a new group of people. With less importance, I would add the trend to misspell while they are doing homework or while they are at school; this is a clear consequence of having got used to texting on their phones not in a proper way. As a solution I would suggest that children should not be allowed to have a personal phone until they are 18; by that age they will have had enough time to have been personally and academically formed. And until that age, parents should control how much time their children use their parents’ cell phones and for what purposes. Asking children to cover part of the mobile phones bill cost it is a good way of making them realize how much sacrifice you have to make to pay for material things.

Even though I consider cell phones very useful devices, it is true that many people use them not as a need, but as something for simple enjoyment. This is a result of living in our materialistic society which teaches us to buy new things to become a member of it. In other words, the current social system urges people to consume as much as possible. In the case of mobile phone, a one-year old cell phone could be seen as something out of fashion. Maybe, the time has come to stop and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the life style we are following.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the cell phone is a necessity. In our days it is important to have ability to call someone or to get message. You’ll never what can happen in the nearest future! Although, it shouldn’t be used for playing games or surfing the net because it can be bad for health (for example eyes). Also, sometimes cell phones can be quite expensive.
All in all, I believe that mobile phone is not a luxury but an amazingly useful technology item. 
Evelina (Lithuania)

Valentin Stankevic said...

There are different types of people who use phones in defferent ways.
Personally, I use a cell phone as a form of comunication because my job includes everyday communication with a lot of people from different places.
So for me, i think, it is a necessity.

Edvinas said...

Cell phone is a necessity, which is needed in 21st century.

Edita said...

I think that cell phone is a necessity that is used when you need to contact those who are in long-distance, in todays world it's just unchangable item.

Gabriele Sinkunaite said...

Hello,
I am student from Lithuania. In my point of view, for many people cell phone is just a want nowadays. Take a look at the children of these days: many of them have the latest mobile phones models with the diversity of programs inside, which, I believe, children don‘t know even how to use many of it correctly or more – they absolutely don‘t need this. The mobile phone became just a luxury tool for many. Most are just sacrificials of commercials. On the other hand, a mobile phone covers so many life spheres nowadays, that it‘s really very comfortable to have it: you can do many things faster. What is more, it remained as the best tool to communicate with others and contact quickly, so it is worth to have it. In a nutshell, mobile phone is both a necessity and luxury item, but the most important thing is to use it appropriately, because what is too much is unhealthy for us :)

Karina V. said...

I think a cell phone as a necessity because if you are in trouble, you could just call for help or if your family is in another country you just call them and communicate instead of waiting for reply in email for weeks.

Karina

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