has anyone else seen and been annoyed by that commercial where the kids in the family are trying to convince their parents that they need cell phones? no one seems to have taught these children the concept of "land line." when I was their age, we didn't have cell phones, dagnabbit (okay, some people in my class in high school had pagers by graduation), and we got by just fine. my mother got me a one-number calling card to use at pay phones if I needed to call home. heck, I still have it, so I can talk to my mother on her dime as often as I want, except she's never home.
in fact, I still don't have a cell phone, which is why I've noticed that pay phones are beginning to disappear. they seem to expect everyone to have cell phones and to carry them around at all times. heck, two different cell phones went off in the theatre when I was watching Episode III, and I'm pretty sure someone a dozen rows ahead of us was text messaging.
cell phones, I read I-don't-remember-where, possibly Snopes, are one of the three highest causes of car accidents, right up there with alcohol and falling asleep at the wheel. just about any time some idiot cuts off the car I'm riding in these days, there's the cell phone.
now. there are some conveniences to cell phones, yes. and certainly my friend Maria had hers with her and on at all times as my due date drew near, because she was my ride to the hospital. but I've seen people who don't make grocery lists because they can just call home to find out what they need. I've seen people almost get hit by buses because they're too entranced with their conversation to read that the sign says "don't walk."
the problem is, as it has been with so many other technologies, that people decide they need to have it at all times before they've made the necessary adjustments. a cell phone is not a replacement for your brain. you're still going to have to remember things. you're still going to have to pay attention to the world immediately surrounding you. the cell phone is a secondary consideration to the road. hang up and drive.
this rant brought to you by the people against unnecessary cell phone proliferation--PAUCPP. (we're working on it.)
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