first-- a brief summary of my question:
Af all the inventions of the past decade, cell phones have made the biggest social impact. Everybody is now available for immediate contact. How has this changed society in general, and more specifically–How has this affected teenagers?
When I and my siblings were teenagers, (before cell phones ,1975-80), one of the great milestones was getting your drivers license, because that gave you independence.
Not just the freedom to go to a party without asking somebody to drive you there, but-- most importantly–the freedom to go there * and not be under any parental supervision*
We werent bad kids–but we all would have died of embarrassment if Mom had called us on the phone while we were listening to Grand Funk Railroad’s latest record down in the basement of a friend’s house. Most of the time the parents never knew exactly where we were -we’d meet 3 or 4 friends and go “out”
My favorite memory of new-found 16 year old freedom was driving home all by myself at midnite or later, and knowing that , even if Mom was sitting up in the living room waiting for me, she couldnt ever know excactly where I had been all evening.
But today, every teenager lives attached to their cell phone. And that’s great for hearing all the latest gossip from your friends.But how do you keep those nosy ol’ parents from checking up on you?
(mods-I put this in GQ, even though it isnt a simple factual question.But I’m interested in hearing statistics (even if just through anecdotes)–how many teens carry cells, and how do they use them? )