When I think of the days of no internet and no cell phone, I remember (vaguely) how life was different. You called people on their landlines (what?!), made emergency calls from a payphone when stranded and actually used the library as a resource for writing a paper. While libraries are indeed still in existence, pay phones have certainly become a rarity. (Just had a friend take a picture of me standing by one out in Vegas. She snapped the photo with – you guessed it – my cell phone. See the irony?)
As much as I love the convenience of cell phones – Just how responsible are we when we use them? Do you turn off your phone or silence it when you’re in a restaurant? Do you text while with others at the table? (I’ve been guilty of this). Do you text while driving? Do you make and receive calls on the road without the hands-free ear buds? (If you have a vehicle with blue tooth technology, you’re off the hook.)
I don’t know the meaning of “boredom” since the invention of Internet. How can one be bored when you have all of these wonderful things floating around in cyberspace – just aching to be read? And if it’s not enough that it’s accessible on this computer, but on the phones as well? That’s just crazy talk. To think that so much technology can be right inside this little handheld piece of plastic (or metal, pick your poison) is beyond amazing.
The 30-somethings like myself can remember life before the convenience of these mini-computers. It’s vague and fading every day, but we can recall it. If someone wanted to reach you, they left you a message on your answering machine. MACHINE! Ha! Remember that? And sometimes, having been eaten by the cranky machine, the small cassette tape would have to be removed and wound back up.
Nowadays, you can be found quite easily and people actually get anxious if they cannot reach you. It is a world full of cell phones and urgency, yes? There are still some places that phones really should be put away or silenced and I’m sure you’ll agree:
– Library or book store: (Surprisingly enough, no one cares to hear you exclaim to your best friend how sloshed you were the night before. We can listen to Katy Perry belt out “Last Friday Night” when we get out to our car in the parking lot).
– Restaurant: (Unless it’s an emergency, in which case – can you not just put that phone on vibrate? Or if texting, can you not have the phone on song version? The last thing I want is to hear the “Call me Maybe” main verse over & over every time it’s an incoming text.)
– Movie Theater: (Really? Really??)
– Cashier, anywhere: (It’s just rude, so I’d say if you’re in the middle of a call – just ask the someone on the other hand to hold for just 30 seconds while you check out. The cashier will appreciate the gesture, trust me.)
I’m sure there’s more than can be added to this – but that’s the top of the list that come to mind. We all love our phones, some more than others, but there really should be an etiquette rule book with these doo dads, eh?