Phone Home …

What is it with cell phones?

I was out shopping on Monday, my typical shopping day, and it seemed every other person was talking on their cell phone as they walked the aisles.

As someone who truly does have a family cell phone “only for emergencies,” it does amuse me as I see the pervasive and often inane use of these modern devices – “Do you want garlic or honey roasted?”  Is this really a decision that deserves a phone call?

Sadder was the lady with a little boy, about 2, in her cart.  He kept fussing and obviously wanting attention, while she was involved in an obviously personal phone conversation:  “So he went to work! I couldn’t believe it!  And I feel like I’m overextended this time of year …”  On she talked as the little boy continued his fussing.

Then, a couple of aisles later I ran into her again, still talking … poor little kid still seeking attention.

Like I said, I don’t get it.  I read a survey recently saying that the cell phone was one of the top couple of gadgets people couldn’t live without.  Let me just go on the record to say that I’d gladly give up my cell phone for life without a moment’s worth of angst.

Not that I’m guilt free:  the computer is my gadget of choice, and I’d be hard-pressed to give it up.  Also, I’m not a big phone talker and never have been, so that probably explains some of my cell-phone-immunity as well.

But, I miss the casual conversations that used to occur in the grocery store and other public places, that are now largely gone because so many people are hooked up to some form of technology or other.

And don’t even get me started about people talking on cell phones while driving.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen someone blow through a 4-way stop or do some other “iffy” driving move … inevitably, I’ll look and yep – they’re talking on the phone.

What do you think?  Does your cell phone rule your life?  Explain the appeal to me – I’m waiting 🙂 .

6 thoughts on “Phone Home …

  1. I wouldn’t want to do without my cell phone because of the comfort it gives me with regards to emergencies that arise in the car. However, I rarely use it for other reasons. It’s not even turned on most of the time. I think cell phone users are some of the rudest people in the world.

  2. Ugh, I would cheerfully smash all the cell phones with a big smasher type thing and make a bonfire of them. Yep, I guess that about says it all 🙂

  3. I HATE cell phones for the most part, and I am glad that I don’t even own one! My husband uses a cell phone occasionally, which by the way he “inherited” from his 86-year-old mother a year ago when she went to Heaven. (Surely they don’t use cell phones there?!?) Yep, Joe’s mother was more “hip” than us, but who cares!

    Many users of cell phones are unbelievably rude, because they will answer them anytime, anywhere, and let you wait sometimes a very long time while they chit-chat about nothing important at all. I really can’t stand it when such uncivilized behavior happens in restaurants. I think there should be a sign that says, No shirt, No shoes, and No cell phones or No service! Probably the worst case cell phone addict that I ever met was a former Pastor of ours who carried a different cell phone in each pants pocket with different rings, of course. Once he forgot to turn them off for the worship service, and he received a call from his Mother in MI shortly after 10AM. She was an hour off IN time and thought that it was a little past 11 and that church was over. Bet you can’t beat a story like that!

  4. When you tamper on cell phones, you are treading on a tender spot. I am not injured, because I have never owned one. I lead a fairly normal life. For me it is often a treat to think I am away from home and nobody can bother me. I’ll admit there are times when I am shopping, both in stores and at garage sales, that I DO wish I could call somebody and ask if I found something they would like or not like. Anything in life is a tradeoff.

  5. Kid in a group will text each other rather than talk even though they’re all standing right next to each other…

  6. I really like this post, especially since my son got a hold of our 3rd cell phone (which we let him use when he goes out to meet up with friends) and ran up a $100 texting bill. Our phone company told us that they could block texting and we asked to have that done, but somehow it didn’t happen. Sigh. Anyway, I am with you about people talking on cell phones while shopping. It really has disrupted how people interact with one another. My sons tell me that girls at school that they do not really know will ask them for their cell phone number. Kids are finding that it is easier to connect with someone over a cell phone rather than in person. My niece has her cell phone glued to her and can text without looking at the keys. I am like you, not a big phone talker so thank God I am free of cell phone mania.

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