What Is It About Cell Phones?
Cell phones are becoming the smallest information hubs available – they do so much more than place a call. Text. Picture mail. E-mail. Surf the interweb. All from the palm of your hand. And to think, 20 some odd years ago these little doodads never existed. You had to be plugged into a wall and actually dial buttons. And before that, it took forever to make a call because of the huge number rotary.
I find it amazing that an invention, especially things like the iPhone, have been around for less than 5 years and people act like they could never live without it. You’d rather die than be without your 2×3 contraption of metal and plastic. Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes.
What I find even more amazing is that you go somewhere to socialize with real live people and there’s always a few strays that are more interested in the person on the virtual, wireless end of that communicator. Really? You need to get out more.
I will say that my friends were not ignoring one another to play on their internet-laced mobile devices – our friends are way too interesting and cool to do that to. But the instant an unanswerable question comes up, we’ve got hand-held-insta-Google. I wonder how much stock Britannica has lost. Do you young ones even know what Britannica is?
I know that many people use these mini-computers to store media like music and photographs. And to share them with friends when they visit. I do enjoy seeing photos of my friends’ children and places they’ve visited and inappropriately dressed people they saw at Wal-Mart.
I too like to have my phone handy. I worry that the day I don’t have it is the day I’ll get into a wreck or the hubs will have an emergency and won’t be able to reach me. But I still have wallet-size photos of my nieces and nephew. I still listen to the radio and CDs in the car. And I usually get my interweb fix on a PC. I sport my iTouch occasionally but to be honest, it makes my hand cramp up. I don’t think I’m cut out to be high-tech. Except for my dSLR – I love that thing.