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Growing up in a materialistic society teenagers are influenced by the latest and most expensive contrivances The most common item for teenagers to have perhaps is the cellular phone- a phone that people may take with them wherever they go to use for whatever purposes Clearly it is not just a communication device In the beginning cellular telephones were representations of wealth and societal standing However their usage has developed and they are now a standard accessory for most teenage students The race is no longer who owns these precious extravagances the competition has become something much less acceptable- it is now which phone has the most expensive features and is the most attractive When my parents decided to buy me a cell phone at the end of eighth grade we looked around for good deals on rate plans and phones I wanted what every other teenager wanted- the hottest new style from the hottest brand In our society that was the only acceptable phone At the time the best phone out there was Motorola StarTac Another thing that drew me in about in to the StarTac was the rhetoric of the advertisements which stated Buy a StarTac- become a star This specific advertisement was a paradigm of how executives do whatever necessary to sell the desired product By owning this phone they are telling me I will become a superior human being What kind of person would fall into this Needless to say I was enthralled my parents and I jumped into the car and went down to the Verizon Store The phone was heavenly- it had potential to serve as an idyllic retreat whenever I had to make those imperative phone calls regarding who hooked up the previous evening or who is in a fight with who and other such crucial information After reviewing the rate plans and realizing that it was the most expensive phone out there the phone was in my
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