I realize that I am 46 and don't get out much but I'm missing the days of old. Everywhere I go people are talking on cell phones and it is not just the young people. I have been caught talking to people who were not talking to me but to someone on the phone. It feels like it's getting out of control and what will happen to fossils like me when I refuse to own one? Will pay phones and land lines become extinct? Ok, probably not but I'm feeling a chill in the air.
I understand having one for emergencies, especially if you have young children. What puzzles me is why would you chat with your mom while you're shopping at Wal-Mart? Yes, my oldest has done that and if she calls while behind the wheel I hang up (I've seen her drive). I love the opportunity to strike up conversations with strangers in lines or in the store isles when I get out. Now, I'm lucky if I get eye contact or a returned smile. I feel a real disconnect happening out there in communities and I'm sure others feel it too. I love to people watch but now I'm eavesdropping because people tend to raise their voices. Can you hear me now? YES!
I'd love a no cell phone day or maybe a pledge of phone etiquette with every purchase. Your signal will drop at each slip up so that you may be reminded of where you are. It's a fairly new techno toy and the laws are always at least five years behind, so I get the dangers of cell phones not yet addressed. Did you know someone can take a cell phone picture up your skirt and it's not a crime?
I have no problem with cell phones used in moderation. I'm just not understanding the priority they are taking in people's lives. Children are given phones to call home and the parents are going into debt so children can text their friends. Cell phones are becoming cameras, Internet and MP3 players. I'm thinking this must be how my grandparents felt about VCR players.
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