I DON'T HAVE A CELLPHONE ALLEN DOES
There are few things in life I HATE--okay one is oyster plant--and I have only HATED 2 people in my lifetime (but passing time has turned that hate into indifference) BUT I HATE PHONES OF ALL KINDS!
For 10 years (in the 70s) I had a job and owned a business where I was on the phone anytime I was in the office.
For a period of time in the 80s and 90s I had a phobia towards phones and wanting to fight it I seeked help. It seems the main cause of the phobia was that I was so involved in AIDS as a 'buddy' and many of my friends had AIDS. I began to fear the phone because 98% of the time it was a call to announce another buddy,another friend dying. Also, the first person who gave me unconditional love died and I heard it by phone. (I get more into it in my 7 Decades series about the 1990s.)
I overcame my fear of the phone but I still spend as little time as possible on them--my friends know that if they call to tell me what they want and get off the phone. :o) I definitely have a problem with long distance calls--though I am a quick thinker and talker I always find that I didn't say what I wanted to until after the call is over--E-mail has been a life saver for me.
And cellphones??? They should only be used for 911 calls 1) Does a 8-12 year old really need one? To call friends? During school hours? Yes, once again, for emergencies! I can see them but come on--does mom really know where/who he/she is calling? What he/she is doing? 2) And don't get me started on cellphones in movies and the theatre--usually coming at a definite moment during the story, not to forget the 'screen' annoying everyone besides and behind them. (In the 'old days' a doctor or emergency personal would leave their pager number with the usher or ticket taker) 3) Do I really need to hear, "Do you want pasta or rice for dinner tonight?" in the grocery store? 4) Is it necessary for me to hear a person at a table next to me in a restaurant tell someone what they have ordered or are eating? 5) What is so important that you have to drive and talk on the phone at the same time. 6) And how a necessary are so many other occasions people are on the phone? 7) Why do peopletalk so loud on a cellphone, almost yell? Is everyone on the other end deaf?
I wish all people using cell phones would ask themselves if they would have searched down a coin operated phone to make the call they are making.
And, yes, cellphones kill--check out the driving accidents causes--they are slowly approaching drunk driving statistics. At least, turn off the ring and put it on vibrate in public places and save us from those silly ring tones!!
Oh I know--you need it for your job--sure, and what did people do regarding their jobs 10 years ago?
Okay, I am ready to hear all the nonsensical, non-emergency, arguments you will give as to why a cell phone is a must.
END OF RANT :o)