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Research Essay Outline I. Introduction A. Background 1. Hook: Innovation is not always the key to a healthy generation. Often, innovation can be the damaging and derogatory factor that destroys a generation. 2. Lead: author Jean M. Twenge argues that cell phones have led to a generational decline in the article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a generation.” B. Thesis: Cell phone policies should be implemented as the use of cell phones during class for unrelated activities causes distractions, hinders the ability to absorb information, and produces negative academic results. II. Prevalence of Cell Phones in Classroom A. Opposition: opponents of cell phone policies argue that unrelated use in the classroom is not a major, wide scale problem; however, cell phones provide negative results, and as demonstrated by statistics, has grown into a wide scale problem. B. Current teens are absorbed in phones 1. Teens send and receive “an average of 167 texts per day” (Lister-Landman and Domoff 311). 2. The use of cell phones has grown rampant C. Cell phone use carries into the classroom
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1. According to a study conducted by Deborah Tindell and Robert Bohlander at Wilkes University, of the students interviewed “The vast majority (95%) said they always bring their phone to class…About 92% admitted that they have sent or received a text message in class at least once or twice, and 30% do this every day” (3). 2. Only 2% of students who bring their phone to class do not use it during class which shows amount of cell phone use during class. D. Students use phones during class for unrelated activities 1. Professor of Communication at Saginaw Valley State University David E.
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