Ah I feel your resentment, VW.
I mainly use mine to surf the web anymore.
Seems like communication is terrible on it these days.
All people want to do is text. There's no emotions behind it.
Almost robotic like, people have high expectations these days.
And if you don't instantly reply or convey enthusiasm, something is wrong.
Desperation cries from an instant gratification nation.
I too hate my cell phone but I followed along the same lines as most other posters.
I quit replying instantly and everyone got mad, but my life is way more important than a text msg.
Once alot of friends and family got the idea, they all thought I was crazy, and I laughed to myself.
By doing so,
I just silenced my phone for good and now hardly ever get bothered.
It's quite hilarious now...I have to warn new acquaintences that I rarely look at my phone.
I must tell them I am not attached to my phone, and I don't check it all the time.
True story. Most people I meet are so "addicted", they look at me like I am not part of society.
And to be honest, it's a good feeling.
Pretty soon, it will be one less bill.
Because honestly it's not that important.
My privacy is.