posted on Dec, 1 2009 @ 01:43 AM
The problem is not the cell phones, it's the people.
I don't have a landline anymore, it just doesn't make sense when i have a cell phone.
I don't talk on my phone when I'm in line at the store, if I'm at a restaurant I turn my phone to vibrate when I walk in & if I have an important
call that I need to take I excuse myself and go outside and make it quick, not only because I don't want to be rude, but also because I don't want
others to hear my conversation. As far as people glancing at an incoming call and deciding not to answer it, that's no different than someone
screening calls on their landline with an answering machine, or caller ID. I don't believe children need cell phones either, my grandson (8) is
always asking how old he has to be to get a cell phone & I always tell him when you're a full grown man with a job and can pay your own phone bill
you'll be old enough.
Having a cell phone is helpful for me, if I'm out and there's any emergency I have a phone right on me (there aren't many places around me where
you can find a pay phone anymore) and it's invaluable when it comes to my grandkids school being able to contact me if one of my grandkids is sick
and needs to be picked up. There have been a couple of times where I was out and if I didn't have a cell phone they would not have been able to
The camera on my phone is an added extra, it has allowed me to capture many shots of the grandkids, dogs, and nature that I would have otherwise
missed. And it's great when I catch the grandkids having an enormous amount of fun, or being goofy and I can snap a shot and send it to my son (who
works six days a week) and misses a lot of it, or my mom who lives out in the burbs.
I don't talk on my phone while driving unless I have my earpiece in (matter of fact I don't talk on it at all without my earpiece) and even then
it's as brief as possible. If i need to answer a text, or I have a call that's distracting I pull over and park until i'm done.
At our family gatherings cell phones are not the center of attention, not even with the younger ones in the family. The birthday party for my Mom and
Aunt (twins) I didn't see one person texting, talking, playing games, or surfing the web on their phones, we were all too busy talking to each other,
playing volleyball, etc. Same at my youngest son's graduation a few weeks ago, everyone turned their phones off during the ceremony and after when we
all went out to eat not one cell phone was pulled out.
There's a good side and a bad side to everything, and I also am bothered by some of the rude behavior that some people exhibit when using a cell
phone (like forcing me to hear their conversations) but it's not the phones, it's the people that use them.