Jana P.

As cliché as it may sound, if I could do away with any invention I would get rid of cell phones. Yes cell phones provide many conveniences, such as remaining in instant contact with others or online shopping. But, with those conveniences we have also been “crippled”. No one knows how sit and have a conversation anymore without posting, taking calls or pictures. No one thinks twice about putting pen to paper to contact a friend or family member. Lastly, we have bullies who “hide behind a screen” and terrorize others. To be completely honest, these are all things we can and should do without.

In today’s world, it is hard for two people to sit at a table and talk to each other without the both of them checking their phones at least once. This is a problem because instead of engaging conversation, we are more interested in what picture Jimmy uploaded on Instagram and what Sarah had for lunch. Some people even become socially awkward in front of others, they do not know how to interact with people unless there is a screen in front of their face. This act keeps people from doing things like performing well in an interview or just plainly meeting new people.

The problem with the extinction of “putting pen to paper” is the simple fact that no one can spell. Almost everyone relies on auto correct, including myself. The only effort required is to try to spell the word partially correct or speak the word into the phone and the phone does the work for you. The tricky part is that we are still left not knowing how to spell the word. Although it was a convenience, at the end of the day, it was not a real benefit for us.  

Lastly, our phones give cowards something to hide behind. Our screens give people the guts to do, say and post whatever they want whenever they want regardless of how hurtful those things may be. People do this because they know that a person cannot do anything about what they posted or said through a screen. To make matters worse, people can also post with anonymity which makes many matters worse. Anonymous posts have become a serious epidemic. Children are cyber bullied and sometimes believe that suicide is the only way to escape. Therefore, we have teenagers and young adults who are taking their own live because they feel they have no one to turn to or no way to escape the torture.  

All in all, these are all great examples why we do not need cellphones. Cellphones are not something that we need to survive. We can make it each day without them. Yes, they help us in our daily tasks and they make things easier for us, but are all of those things really worth it? I don’t think so. This is why if I could turn back time and take away any invention it would be the cell phone.