• Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Martin Cooper, Inventor of the Mobile Phone, Says People Should ‘Have a Life’

ByCindy J. Daddario

Jul 1, 2022

The inventor of the world’s first mobile phone has some candid advice for those of us who spend too much time scrolling.

Martin Cooper, a 93-year-old American engineer, suggested people using their phones for more than five hours a day to “Get a life!” Well, he’s the man who invented the very first device of its kind telling you to rethink your priorities.


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By appearing on BBC breakfast earlier this week, Cooper said he barely spends time on his phone.

“I guess I use my cell phone less than 5% of my time.”

When asked what he would say to those who spend more than five hours on theirs, he was brutally honest.

“Do you really spend five hours a day?” He asked. “I would say ‘Make a life for yourself! »

Despite being the inventor of the original cell phone, Cooper said BBC Breakfast that people should spend less time on their phones and live a little.

According to the Application Monitoring Company AppAnnie, people spend an average of 4.8 hours a day on their phones. That is 33.6 hours per week and 144 hours per month.

Martin Cooper invented the first wireless cellular device

In 1973 Cooper invented the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X – the very first wireless cellular device.

In 1973 Cooper invented the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X - the very first wireless cellular device.

Talk to CBS News of the creation, he said, “You could talk for 25 minutes before the phone broke.”

When inventing the cell phone, Cooper said he imagined what it would look like before thinking about how it would work.

“Small enough to fit in your pocket, big enough to fit between your ears and your mouth,” he said. Radio Canada.

While working at Motorola, he helped invent many products, including the first portable police radio systems.

He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (1950). He joined the US Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he joined the Teletype Corporation, and in 1954 he began working at Motorola.

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