I would like to have a discussion about the affect cell phones have on relationships. Everyone has a phone these days and most people have smart phones so that they have access to the internet and social media. Although social media has good uses it also has some not so good ones. People say things on the internet that they wouldn't say in person and people also spread rumors more easily because you can be "anonymous". For these reasons relationships have been taking a lot of damage and don't last as long.
The first cell phone came in the seventies, which also happens to be when the divorce rates hit their highest point. I'm not saying that phones are the death of marriage and that they shouldn't exist, I'm just saying that there might be a correlation between the increase in phone use and social media, and the genuinity and length of relationships.
Many relationships are also helped by cell phones. People can connect from anywhere and be able to meet new people without needing much work. People can resolve conflicts without needing any physical help. Cell phones make it easier to make plans and set up meetings and events with other people.
Cell phones definitely have a negative effect on people though. When a group of friends goes out to eat you would expect them to have meaningful conversations and enjoy each other. These days, you can walk into a restaurant and see many people sitting together with their eyes glued to their phones. It used to take effort to be social with people which is why relationships aren't as genuine anymore. People are "friends" simply because it's easy to talk to each other without actually seeing each other.
Do the benefits of cell phones outweigh the downfalls?Do cell phones have a negative effect on relationships?