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 🙂 .