On April 3, 1973, the first mobile phone placed a historic call. This was the first time that anyone had been able to make a call without being tethered to a cord, and it ushered in a new age of technology. The first commercial cell phones soon followed, but they were expensive and large. Through the years phones have become smaller, making them more portable.

New features started appearing along with the decreased sizes. These features included text messaging, built in cameras, and eventually the invention of the first “smartphone”, a phone that could act as a music player, camera, phone, and more all in one device. In today’s world  In the 45 years since the first cell phone call, cell phones have gone from a technological marvel to an object that millions have with them every second of the day.

The main demographic of cell phone users are teenagers. Because over seventy percent of teens own cell phones and half of all teens feel addicted to their phones, parents along with their teenagers need to set cell phone usage boundaries to reduce the negative effects of cell phone usage, including increased anxiety and stress (Lake Research Partners, 2016).Before bleh, something about the definition of addiction. This is probably where the paragraph about defining addiction should go.So something about sddiction being a compultion to do something that is habit forming and that the user knows is harmful.Increased anxiety and stress aren’t the only negative side effects of the prolonged cell phone usage that comes with addiction. Some of the least severe effects are muscle strain from repetitive motion along with eye strain and headaches. These symptoms can be annoying, but they are not harmful in the long run.

Other things, however, are. Looking at a phone all day can cause a person’s neck and spine to be introduced to more stress than it usually would be (sciency stats inserted here somewhere) which can lead to permanent spine disfigurement. That isn’t even the worst of the effects of the cell phone. Distracted driving kills thousands of people each year, and cell phones are at the root of many of those deaths. (science stat that I found earlier here) If we as a society can’t even put our phones down to avoid car crashes, something needs to be done.Before making changes like these, there needs to be raised awareness for the problem of teen cell phone addiction.

Without being aware of a problem, no person can be expected to be able to remedy the problem by pure magic. To address the specific problem of teen cell phone addiction, the best place to start would be in high schools.  High schools are the best place to be able to reach teens because almost the entire population of a high school is teenagers aged 14-18, the demographic worst affected by cell phone addiction. Health classes would be the easiest and possibly the most effective place to implement a course on the negative effects of cell phone usage.

 Another place to raise awareness would be in community events and advertising. Small classes and seminars could be held to improve awareness of the harmful side effects of cellular phones. Teens could make posters in their health classes that would be attention grabbing and alert even the less active members of any community to the harms of cell phone addictions.While most people agree that cell phone addiction is a problem in today’s society, they don’t agree on what to do about it. Many people believe that the prevalence of cell phones today is a fad, much like the pet rock fad of the 70’s or the low waisted jeans fad of the early 2000’s.

They  believe that because this is a fad, it will end soon. This is simply not true. Cell phones have been around since the 1970’s (almost 50 years) and they are here to stay. (Graph that I found) As this graph from website shows, cell phone sales have been growing exponentially since at least the year 2007.

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