Martin Cooper - The Man Who Invented Mobile Phone Says People Spending Too Much Time On Their Phones, Need To 'Get A Life'

3rd Jul 22 - Jibin Jibin

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Martin Cooper - The Man Who Invented Mobile Phone Says People Spending Too Much Time On Their Phones, Need To 'Get A Life'

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

Martin Cooper, a 93-year-old American engineer, suggested people using their phones upwards of five hours a day should "Get a life!" Well, that's the man who invented the first ever device of its kind telling you to rethink your priorities.

Mobile phone inventor says people need to 'get a life'

While appearing on BBC Breakfast earlier this week, Cooper said he barely spent any time on his phone.

"I would guess that I use my mobile phone less than 5 percent of my time." 

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

"You really spend five hours a day?" he asked. "I would say “get a life!."Despite being the inventor of the original cellphone, Cooper told BBC Breakfast that people should spend less time on their phones and live a little.  

According to app monitoring firm App Annie, people spend an average of 4.8 hours a day on their phones. That is 33.6 hours a week and 144 hours a month. 

Martin Cooper invented first wireless cellular device

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

Speaking to CBS News about the creation, he said: "You could talk for 25 minutes before the phone ran down."  

When inventing the cellphone Cooper said he envisioned how it would look before he thought about how it would work. 

"Small enough to put in your pocket, big enough so that it could go between your ears and your mouth," he told CBC.

While working at Motorola, he helped invent many products, including the first handheld 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 U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. After the war, he joined the Teletype Corporation, and in 1954 he began working at Motorola.

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