College students have many reasons to consider using a cell phone, since cell phones are one of the most versatile electronics on the market. Besides the obvious communication advantages, newer cell phones have features, such as cameras and Internet access, that can help college students with all aspects of their college experience, from their studies to their social lives.
Many colleges are located in urban environments. Even if the crime rates are low, students may find themselves in situations where they feel unsafe. Cell phones allow students to call for campus security when they feel they need an escort. In a real emergency, where a student needs medical attention, a cell phone could prove lifesaving.
College students are usually away from their parents for the very first time when they move to college. While this milestone is often celebrated, parental communication can make students feel more secure in their new environment. Cell phones allow an instant connection to mom and dad so the student will never feel alone.
Studying and Research
Smartphones and the iPhone offer direct connection to the Internet, which is the first line of research with today's students. There are many applications for BlackBerry phones and iPhones that are made specifically for studying, such as Evernote and MyHomework. Most college classes have an online presence where students can download notes and information from class--all of which can be accessed quickly, at any time, from an Internet-enabled cell phone.
Most cell phones have built-in cameras that allow users to take pictures anywhere. The college experience is one of the most memorable in most students' lives, so capturing these memories is important. Cell phones can also send photographs to an email address or another cell phone, so students can share their experiences with their parents and friends.
Making social connections is an important aspect of college. Cell phones allow college students to have an always-on connection to their social network. They can send text messages, access websites such as Facebook and MySpace or talk on the phone with their friends at any time.
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