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Cell phone usage has grown greatly over the past several years and has become an American way of life. The American, by nature, is optimistic.

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Rachel Queen History 108-01 September 9, 2007 Cell phone usage has grown greatly over the past several years and has become an American way of life. "The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly." John F. Kennedy. In reference to this quote cell phones have emerged into more than just talking to a person on the other end of the line. Today American's are using cell phones for text messaging and business SMS text messaging. In 1986 about 1 million Americans owned cellular devices; by 1994 16 million Americans were owners of cell phones. ...read more.


Eventually, Americans became experimental like Kennedy has stated. Various features were added to the cell phone such as text messaging, speed dial, and business SMS text messaging. During the first six months of 2005 there were approximately 32.5 billion text messages sent, which is up thirty-two percent from the 24.7 billion at the end of 2004. Another feature of the cell phone is the alert feature of various events that are taking place. For example, at some bars and clubs they use SMS text messaging to notify customers, who have chosen to be notified about special events in the area. Also it can help people remember important dates by sending automatic texts to remind people about their personal appointments. ...read more.


In Goggin's book Culture phone: Mobile Technology in everyday life, he talks about how communication in American's every day lives has come from the nineteenth century telegraph and how news and entertainment circled through this method of communication. Today American's have constructed many different methods of communication to others. As Kennedy said one is an inventor that is seeking to expand the technologies everyday. The eruption of cell phones and the numbers of teenagers that own cell phones has let alone become a major frenzy in society today. SMS text messaging is just one feature that was invented to broaden the method of fast communication as said in Ling Rich's book The Mobile Connection. The American is a builder as Kennedy has said and is constantly seeking ways to improve technology and the way people communicate today. ...read more.

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