They go by names like Smartphones, Droids, Galaxy, iPhone, Tracphone and more. They do it all and make our life better by keeping us constantly connected. We can use them to text, watch videos, take photos, play games, listen to tunes, and get coupon codes, weather updates and even directions. Oh, they can also be used to make phone calls.
Cell phones are great if your car breaks down, there is a medical emergency or you are running late for an appointment. Many workers need them to communicate with their bosses and co-workers about job details.
But they may also be destroying our lives. Many of us have become nothing more than a bunch of morons with our phones. They cause too many people to drive their vehicles recklessly because they are too busy texting or talking and aren’t paying attention to what’s really important…like their own safety or the safety of others. It’s truly amazing there aren’t more accidents on our roadways. They have given us the slow driver, the weaving driver and the driver who doesn’t go when the light turns green because his head is down looking at his phone while texting.
You constantly see people everywhere tripping over curbs, walking into street signs and into moving traffic. One stupid female even fell into a water fountain in 2011, at the Berkshire Mall in Wyomissing, Berks County, while texting.
Cell phones are used everywhere: at the supermarket (Does someone really need to call their spouse every time they go down another aisle? Or do others really want to listen to someone bitch about a co-worker while shopping?), at the gas station while pumping gasoline (even though signs on the pumps warn to turn all phones and electric devices off), at the doctor’s office and at many other public places where signs say “No Cell Phones Are Allowed”.
Communities like the City of Bethlehem, and even a few states have banned cell phone use while driving. Usually the bans are not enforced due to lawsuits or the threat of lawsuits.
Cell phones have also been banned by many school districts. But sometimes the schools give in due to pressure from parents and again the threat of lawsuits. The excuse is that parents need to be in constant touch with their children. Here’s a NEWSFLASH… if it is really that important (which it usually isn’t) call the school office and your child will get the message.
Cell phone use is not just a teen or young adult thing. It’s an everybody thing! Some seniors are so obsessed with this ingenious electronic device that they never put them down while tracking their every move and decision throughout the day.
We have many who are constantly posting to Facebook or tweeting on Twitter. Did you know that most people under 40 years old check their phone every 15 minutes or less? Their whole social world revolves around their phones. For many, it’s hard to believe we ever survived without the cell phone and its’ ever increasing Apps.
77% of teens own cell phones; 35% of adults own a smart phone. 38% of cell phone owners use it during commercials. 13% of cell phone owners say they have used their phones to avoid interacting with people. Sources: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
I love it when you are at a gathering of family or friends and the majority of the people are on their phones playing games or texting, sometimes texting each other in the same room.
Researchers haven't found a definitive link between cancer and cell phones, yet there is a body of evidence linking the two. If you have a cellphone constantly glued to your ear, there is at least some reason to be worried about a tumor forming.
The price tag for this exorbitant tool can be outrageous. Some family plans can cost as much as a monthly car payment.
The phone commercials crack me up. There’s one that goes; Breaking news, did you hear that……; (response) Oh, that was so 25 seconds ago. And the one that says you can get a good night’s sleep by setting your phone not to receive any disturbing phone calls or texts unless of course it’s from someone important (from your favorites). Here’s a better way, turn the damn cell phone off!
Simply, my cell phone doesn’t rule my life. I probably never make more than 10 calls a month. It’s not unusual to go a week or two without ever turning my phone on. I don’t use it for texting but do use it for important and emergency calls, like while fishing at Lake Nockamixon or down at the Lehigh or Delaware rivers. I can call home and say, “Honey, get the grill ready, we are having fish for dinner.” Or, I’ll just call a local pizza shop and order a pie if fishing has been slow.