Editors’s Information

The connection between my sources can be seen clearly as they all tie in well with one another. Having discussed source to source in this editor’s introduction, they link to the other sources as they have plenty in common. For example, all of the sources will include references to mobile phone use. This provides the reader with a flowing piece of conversation.

The most interesting thing I found within one of my sources was the effect mobile phone addiction can have on character traits, for example, high anxiety, and teenagers’ low self-esteem etc. The source relates closely to many of my other sources in the sense that they all focus highly on mobile phone addiction and the negative effect it has on individuals. From the outset, I had decided to focus my research question on primarily the negatives that come with mobile phone dependence. Having read one particular article, I had been given insight into the negative effects mobile phone dependence/addiction can have on an individual’s character and how easily experts can determine what traits someone may possess simply because of what they do most with their mobile phone. The article made me want to broaden my knowledge further on the effects mobile phone overuse has on us as human beings. This ties in well with a second source of mine; a TED Talk performed by Sherry Turtle. For me, this was an extremely interesting source having read her book Reclaiming Conversation which concentrated a lot on technology and the negative effects it has on society. It concentrates on how the use of technology, including mobile phones, can make us feel connected when in reality we are in isolation. The video made me realize the false sense of security we get from our mobile phones and how it can be destructive within our day-to-day lives. This can be closely related with addiction as we cannot separate ourselves from our devices. I gained several new perspectives having watched the video, including the likes of how mobile phones can disconnect us from our daily lives. This source has led me to believe mobile phones do far more harm than good and should be used in moderation to help promote a healthier lifestyle. It also raised the question of ‘Are we ever fully connected through our devices?’.

Furthermore, I find the more research I do the more my topic has changed. This helps me better understand the research process as the more research I do the more strength and specificity my inquiry project has. In my opinion, my guiding question is extremely interesting to learn more about and although I altered it slightly from day 1, I believe it has great depth to it.

Leading on from my previous two sources, one of the more significant sources comes to mind. It is focused on the negative effects that mobile phone use can have on the brain which turns out I would want to research for my projected inquiry question had I sufficient time to do so. In the introductory paragraph the author highlights that concerns continue to be raised about potential adverse health impacts associated with their overuse. These range from cancer and cognitive deficiencies to subjective effects, such as a feeling of warmth around the ear used, headache and fatigue. This article provides an overview of the concerns raised and summarizes what is known about them which I think is extremely important for mobile phone users to be aware of.

The author presents to us as readers his argument that mobile phones may actually cause more harm than good in the long run, without us realizing it. The first studies of this kind took place in the USA, Sweden, Denmark and Finland yet the results showed no significant association between digital mobile phone use and malignant brain tumors. The main gist of what the author is trying to get across to his audience is the negative effect mobile phones can have on the human brain in situations such as driving, overuse etc. A strong link has been found between mobile phone use while driving and the occurrence of traffic accidents, resulting in some governments taking steps to ban mobile phone use when navigating traffic. Yet there had been no significant relationship has been established between mobile phone use and the incidence or growth of cancer, especially brain tumors. Although there is still justification for further studies, which look at the risks of longer-term mobile phone use (approx. over 15 years), these type of studies address a broad range of health outcomes, not only brain tumors. This is where I really became interested in the thought of basing my entire inquiry project on the effects of mobile phone use while driving. Therefore, parents must look after their children from a young age as they may be effected in later life. The authors of this particular article: F. Samkange-Zeeb and M. Blettner have been working to provide an overview of the concerns raised with mobile phone use since 2009. It can almost be viewed as a shout out to all mobile phone users to broaden their knowledge of how the device can negatively impact them if it is not used in moderation.

This led me to include another article within this page that highlights the many health risks that are involved with the use of mobile phones. I found it extremely interesting how unaware of the risks involved with mobile phone use that most people are. The main argument that the author posed is that of the exposure of Radio-Frequency (RF) from mobile phones.

I feel this source referred to many of the sources I have researched also as they are all focusing on negative effects of not only mobile phone use but overuse also. It mentions the relationship between mobile phone use and cancer which is also a field I am extremely interested in researching as you can tell from my projected inquiry infographic. Having read this article, I am interested to find out about what areas of the brain is effected and how the radioactive waves coming from the mobile phone itself can promote brain tumors. This leads me to pose another question: Is the belief that ‘mobile phone use promotes cancer’ a myth?

The need for a digital detox within the younger generation, i.e college students, adolescents etc. is huge. Again, we learn about the negative effects mobile phone use has on an individual. For example, when college students multi-task with mobile phones in classrooms, research indicates it may hamper their ability to pay attention. This behavior, research suggests, has become more habitual, automatic, and distracting. I found it extremely interesting how a mobile phone can play such a huge part in the life of so many students albeit in a negative way. From this particular research, it appears that students are not willing to simply give up their mobile phones in class and would continue to try to phub even if classroom policies banned their possession or use. The dictionary defines ‘phubbing’ as the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or another mobile device. When students understand the need to have a mobile phone policy and can help to set that policy for a class, they may be more likely to comply. Although many of the offending students may not be aware that their behavior is causing a distraction for their classmates, or that phubbing could be a problem for the instructor. However, this article would suggest that having a mobile phone policy in place is not enough. The negative effects mobile phone use can have a big impact on teenagers therefore I feel this topic is extremely important to highlight as it applies to the majority of households today. Effects such as Teen Tendonitis (TTT), stress, sleep loss, accidents, increased anxiety, the risk of cancer and cyber-bullying all contribute towards the negativity that surrounds mobile phone use. Two of the most serious effects I want to highlight are accidents and the risk of cancer in later life. Firstly, teens are more likely to respond to calls, text while driving, and riding than adults. They talk and text on the phone without realizing that it can cost their lives. The U.S. Government’s driving website has proven that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in teens. Secondly, as has been stated previously in relation to cancer, research shows that electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones get absorbed in our tissues when we hold the phone for longer times. The nervous systems of teens are still developing and have a greater risk of developing brain cancer from cell phones than adults.

Another hot topic in our world today is the relationship between mobile phone use and car accidents. Having read an article on this particular topic, I will certainly think twice about grabbing my mobile phone the next time I am driving. Nowadays, smartphones have made it easy for us to stay connected at all times. But they can pose serious safety risks if someone decides to check his or her text messages, emails, etc. while driving. Cell phone distraction rates were alarmingly high in 2016. Two of the most shocking statistics are that mobile phone use while driving accounts for 1.6 million crashes per year and texting while driving is 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk. These statistics really opened my eyes to how many deaths could be avoided each year with a little more mobile phone distraction awareness. This also motivated me to base my inquiry project on mobile phone use behind the wheel with the aim of educating people on just how dangerous it is.

A local county newspaper (Chester County, Pa) article discusses the deadly effects of mobile phone usage while driving. There are many dangers involved with driving but very few more so than mobile phone use itself.  Many responsibilities are tied to driving and one of the most important is that we need to be careful on the roads and try to steer clear from distractions. The deadliest of all: texting and driving. Each year, over 330,000 accidents are caused by texting while driving lead to severe injuries. Astonishingly, cell phone use behind the wheel kills 3,300 distracted American drivers every year, and only society can change this by simply remembering that texting can always wait. I found this article extremely interesting as it relates heavily to the area I based my research project on. In my opinion, the most surprising quote from this source was “60% of drivers use cellphones while driving”. This was extremely surprising to me as people seem make it out that they are aware of the risks involved with mobile phone use while driving yet, on average, 6 in every 10 people in the US do continue to do it.

I felt my most recently researched article was extremely important to include in this editor’s introduction because in reality, the proof is in the pudding. The numbers don’t lie. In this particular article by The Huffington Post they capture 10 shocking statistics associated with mobile phone use while driving. Take a look at a select few for yourself:

  1. There are 9 americans killed each day from motor vehicle accidents that involved distracted driving, such as using a cellphone.

This was the most surprising statistic to me as approximately 3,300 needless deaths could be prevented each year.

  1. You are four times more likely to be in a crash when using your mobile phone.
  2. 46 states in the US have banned texting while driving regardless of age.
  3. People in the 21-24 age bracket are more likely to send a text or email while driving, according to a 2012 survey.

The connections I am noticing between all my sources lead me to believe mobile phone use is far more negative than positive with it ultimately being labelled a distraction in most situations. When doing further research in the future, I will be sure to find out about mobile phone radiation and if it increases the risks of cancer in teens. The more my topic is developed throughout the course of the semester, the more knowledge I gained in relation to integrating what I am learning into my own life for optimum health.

However, rather than boring my audience with pessimism and focusing on the negative effects in relation to mobile phone use completely, I decided to highlight what good electronic devices can bring to the table. In one particular source, a TEDx talk performed by Paul Lewis focuses on the power of citizen journalists and their electronic devices. For those of you who are not familiar with citizen journalism, please refer to the Glossary of Key Terms page. In the video, Lewis discusses how information can be misleading. The police are attempting to cover their tracks when they brutally kill a man in the first of the two cases, only for it to be caught on video camera by a bystander. The second was the brutal suffocation of a man who was being restrained in a dangerous hold on an airplane only to later stop breathing as a result of it. Lewis and his team were determined to get to the bottom of both cases in which were unfairly portrayed in the public eye. The most surprising thing to come from this source was the corruption within the police force. The fact that they were willing to deny any wrongdoing within both of the cases presented to us just goes to show the direction our world is going in: every man for himself. I am certainly intrigued to find out about more cases that have been aided by citizen journalists and their electronic devices in future, i.e. mobile phones.

Believe it or not, the frustration flight attendants encounter when attempting to prepare the passengers for takeoff, i.e. asking them to oblige by the rules by turning their mobile devices off or on airplane mode at least is crazy. It highlights the fact that mobile phones make their job harder than it should be. Especially having passengers like the one in the example they give within the article where a man refuses to hang up his phone call. Thus, causing the pilot and flight attendants to take more serious measures. The pilot had to turn the plane around, go back to the gate, and had the man pulled off the plane by armed guards.  The flight attendants then explained the passenger was in violation of FAA regulations and would face a fine and possible criminal charges. The other passengers and there, stunned of course. It was only last year when the FAA deemed the use of mobile phones as safe during takeoff and landing, once the airplane was equipped with proper interference technology. This article was extremely interesting for me as mobile phones have become a huge distraction even in the workplace.

So, in a rather simplistic 6 word memoir type conclusion, it is quite simple for us all. Phones can kill.. don’t let them! 

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