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Disconnected to Connect: Analyzing the Impact of a 48-Hour Cell Phone Ban on First-Year Student Orientation


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Question: One of the first-year-student orientation initiatives at a local university is to collect incoming students’ cell phones and keep them for 48 hours. The purpose of the initiative is to give students an opportunity to integrate into their new school culture and make friends on campus. Carefully consider the effects of this initiative and the extent to which they might support, complicate, or contradict its intended goals. Write an essay that argues your position on the advisability of the 48-hour cell phone ban. In your response you should do the following: Respond to the prompt with a thesis that presents a defensible position. Provide evidence to support your line of reasoning. Explain how the evidence supports your line of reasoning. Use appropriate grammar and punctuation in communicating your argument.

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Title: The Implications of the 48-Hour Cell Phone Ban on University Students Introduction Given the rising concern about technology's influence on interpersonal communication, especially among young people, the 48-hour cell phone ban initiative for first-year students at the local university is, on the surface, a well-intentioned one. Designed to engender a more hands-on orientation process, this plan aims to promote social integration among new students, thereby fostering an organic and robust community spirit. However, this initiative could generate unforeseen and potentially negative repercussions on both the students’ social integration and their immediate safety needs. My stance is that this policy, while it has its merits, requires thorough reconsideration before implementation. Evidence and Reasoning Firstly, it is well-documented that digital technology plays an integral role today in fostering relationships. While the cell phone ban aims to foster face-to-face interactions, it overlooks the fact that communication has evolved significantly. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center study, a significant portion of teenagers (57%) have made new friends online, largely through social media platforms. By denying new students access to these platforms, the ban could inadvertently inhibit their primary mode of forming relationships. Moreover, the ban could unexpectedly create social isolation for those who struggle with face-to-face communication. For introverted students and those with social anxiety, digital platforms can serve as a stepping-stone to build relationships without the intense pressure of personal interaction. By implementing a blanket ban on cell phones, the initiative might unwittingly alienate some students and make their integration into the new environment an even more daunting task. Secondly, safety is a pertinent concern. Cell phones serve a dual function in modern society; they are not only communication devices but also safety tools. By taking away the students' cell phones, the university effectively places them in a vulnerable position. They would be unable to quickly reach out to family, friends, or security services if they face problems or emergencies. This could generate a significant amount of distress and concern for both students and their families. Conclusion While the motivation behind the 48-hour cell phone ban – fostering stronger social integration – is commendable, its potential negative implications must not be dismissed. From limiting modern communication norms to potentially jeopardizing safety, the proposed ban carries probable repercussions that could undermine its stated goals. As such, the university should thoroughly review this initiative, considering these factors, to build a more inclusive, safe, and effective approach towards achieving social integration.

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April 22, 2024, 6:43 a.m.

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Published: Monday, April 22, 2024

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