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Karim Dewji Senior Project 2010-2011 Government Teacher: Mr. Zufall English Teacher: Ms. Dickinson. Essential Question How does commonly used modern technology such as the cell phone, Internet, and video games positively and negatively affect society today?. Cell Phones – The Positives.
How does commonly used modern technology such as the cell phone, Internet, and video games positively and negatively affect society today?
- Mobile access from cell phones to Facebook increased by 112 percent in the last year.
- According to web.mit.edu, 65 percent of phones sold in the second quarter of 2008 had the option of storing music.
-Popular phones such as the iPhone and Droid offer this option.
- According to techcrunch.com, 172 million smart phones were sold world wide in 2009. The number was a 3 percent increase from 2008.
- According to a gadgets.com survey, 96.3 percent of adults claimed to have a phone with a camera.
- In a prediction by iSuppli.com, 79.9 percent of cell phones sold in the fourth quarter of 2011 will be equipped with GPS.
- According to frankwbaker.com, 75 percent of kids from the ages of 12-17 had cell phones in 2009. This was a 30 percent increase from 2004.
- According to technology.inc, cell phones are used for business related tasks such as Internet, data storing, memo recording, GPS, employee communication, etc.
- In the USA, there are about ten major cell phone companies, and numerous smaller ones.
- Cell phones are used in classrooms for notes, Internet, etc.
- In a study, kids scored better on an IQ test when Mozart was playing in the background.
- Rather than making calls through a front office, direct contact with the student can be made.
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine study found that excessive use of cell phones can cause restlessness, insomnia, and stress.
- Sociologists and researchers have found that while users are on cell phones, attention span is highly decreased.
- In the world’s largest study, it was found that heavy users of cell phones have a 40
percent higher chance of getting brain cancer than people who don’t heavily use cell
- According to a study by the National Safety Council, 28 percent of car accidents involve talking or texting on a cell phone.
- Cell phones and the batteries from cell phones are not bio-degradable.
- Many birds accidentally run into these towers at night while traveling at full speed. They are often killed in result of this.
- Studies from FuturePundit show that one in six cell phone users is addicted.
- According to consumerreports.com, an average user spends about $600 a year on mobile service.
- Many times, false rumors are sent out in situations such as lockdowns.
- When Internet connection is available, students have a very easy opportunity to cheat using cell phones.
Dr. George Carlo: “The studies are of adults who have used the phone for 500-1000 minutes a month, maybe for a period of 10-12 years. And those studies are showing us doubling and tripling in the risk of brain cancer and eye cancer.”
- iTunes by Apple offers music and video downloading, as well as many other things.
- Wikipedia.com alone has 9.25 million articles in 250 different languages.
- In 2008, USA e-sales made up 16.3 percent of total sales from all merchant sales.
- Addictinggames.com has thousands of games in eight different categories.
- The artist Justin Bieber became a hit artist through expressing his talent on YouTube.com.
- Most states, countries, territories, etc. have their own websites which provide access to things such as culture, tradition, lifestyle, etc.
- According to warriorlibrarian.com, there are around 240,000 educational websites on the Internet.
- The Internet has digitally enhanced search engines compared to a library where you have to manually search for information.
- Yahoo.com, Apple.com, Bodybuilding.com, moddedmustangs.com, etc.
- Bankofthewest.com, Target.com, Ticketmaster.com, hotwire.com
- Craigslist is a free tool used for local selling, trading, and buying. Craigslist receives about 40.8 million hits a month.
- A letter through e-mail can be received by the recipient in 10 seconds compared to three days with traditional mail.
- Made possible through chat rooms such as chatroulette.com and tinychat.com
- Skype, ooVoo, MSN, Tinyjack
- Conference calls made available on services such as ooVoo and Skype.
- KRQE.com, KOAT.com, and KOBTTV.com post all TV-aired news casts online.
- According to webmd.com, about 63.1 percent of adults are either overweight or obese in the U.S.A.
- Due to humans being used to getting information so fast, patience slowly goes down.
- On average, it is said that about 60 percent of Internet facts are true.
-Search engines such as Google can acquire this information as soon as it’s posted.
- Search engines such as Google can acquire this information as soon as it’s posted.
- Bad grammar, incorrect spelling, etc.
- According to familysafemedia.com, there were about 4.2 million pornography websites on the Internet when last checked in 2006.
- On the TV show To Catch a Predator, about 5 online sexual predators are caught each episode.
- According to cwot.com, there was estimated to be over one million viruses in 2009. All these viruses started from file sharing.
- According to mywot.com, there was an estimated 150 billion spam mails sent a day in 2008.
- According to slashgear.com, 95 percent of music and videos downloaded is pirated.
- According to mentalhealth.com, video games distract the mind from pain.
- According to mentalhealth.com, the games teach people to self-regulate brain waves. This helps improve the learning process.
- According to associatedcontent.com, a study showed that video games can improve hand eye coordination as much, and sometimes more than sports.
- In a survey by Pew Internet & American Life, it showed that 76 percent of youth played with someone else at least some of the time.
- Children feel the comfort of having a friend through video games.
- Online gaming such as Xbox Live, PS3 Online, and Internet computer games connect gamers from all over the world.
- According to media-awareness.ca, constantly playing with other people teaches us great teamwork skills, in a slow and effective way.
- Games such as Call of Duty: World at War, Age of Empires Gold, Conflict Vietnam, etc.
- Trains you to map real life scenarios
- Budget Hero, Typing of the Dead, Do I Have a Right?
General Life Skills:
- Video games constantly require decision making. The constant practice of decision making makes you better at it.
- Many video games require you to do the most things with the least resources. This teaches excellent resource management.
- According to a study by the National Institute of Media and the Family, 8.5 percent of youth are addicted to video games.
- According to a survey from Buffalo University, limiting video game time from kids showed a decrease in their overall Body Mass Index.
- According to a Dalhousie University survey, they concluded that motion games don’t really provide many health benefits.
- According to associatedcontent.com, lots of play overloads stimuli in the brain, which can ultimately cause seizures.
- Games such as Grand Theft Auto make acquiring $100k as easy as pressing a few buttons.
- In South Korea, a 15 year old boy beat up his little brother because he wanted to know how it felt to beat someone up in real life. The teens had just got done playing a fighting game.
- Video game prices range new from about $25 for a computer game to $50 for a higher end system game.
- Most consoles start at about $200, and go up from there.
- According to a survey from crunchgear.com, four percent of Americans have pirated a game once or more times in their life.
- People sometimes blow off their homework, because they are too distracted by the want to play video games.
- At 5 ounces and a little bit bigger than the average calculator, the Gameboy Advance SP is an easy thing to hide from teachers.
- Teachers are often forced to look out for these devices rather than being able to focus their efforts on teachings.
Senior Project Survey
Bias: People who actively use these forms of technology.
Who will be surveyed: The survey will be given to seven youth (under 18), seven adults (18-64), and seven senior citizens (65 and older). This will give an insight of all the different age groups.
1) Have you ever used a cell phone to get yourself out of an emergency?
Youth: 5/7 said yes Adults: 7/7 said yes Senior Citizens: 7/7 said yes
2) Has your privacy ever been invaded in some way due to your ownership of a cell phone?
Youth: 7/7 said yes Adults: 4/7 said yes Senior Citizens: 2/7 said yes
1) Have you ever used the Internet to either Instant Message or Instant Call to someone that is long distance?
Youth: 6/7 said yes Adults: 5/7 said yes Senior Citizens: 5/7 said yes
2) Have you ever found your computer with a virus due to malicious files from the Internet?
Youth: 6/7 said yes Adults: 6/7 said yes Senior Citizens: 5/7 said yes
1) Have you ever used video games as a social activity to connect with others?
Youth: 7/7 Adults: 7/7 Senior Citizens: 7/7
2) Have you ever found video games to distract you from important things that you need to get done in your daily life?
Youth: 7/7 Adults: 3/7 Senior Citizens: 1/7