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Sep. 19th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
That was a well-written blog entry. Thanks for sharing.

Now I feel kind of out-of-it, because I only use my cell phone for emergencies. It's in my purse and off all the time. Nobody has the number, not even me. Well, Z does. But anyway, I never use it except in rare cases.
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
My cell phone is my only phone, so it's a bit different for me. I feel COMPLETELY naked if I don't have it with me or have a line-of-sight to it at all times. Kinda pathetic since I rarely get calls... but you know, there could be some sort of emergency!
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
My parents carry their cell phones everywhere. Once I couldn't get a hold of my mom and I needed to ask her a question, so I called her cell phone. She was whispering to me. I said, "Where are you?" She said, "I'm at the dentist." I said, "Are you in the dentist's chair???"

Okay, she wasn't. But she was in the room with my dad while he was having whatever done to him. Weird! Those are my ol' fogie parents! Too weird!
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
We fix it one person at a time. Everyone chooses for him/herself what kind of cell phone user they will be. If everyone makes the polite choices, then it will be better.
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
That was me.
Sep. 20th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
It's all very true, but it's all very true. It goes both ways. It decreases reliance on self and whatnot, but provides freedoms too. I do a lot of things that I'm pretty certain had I not had a cell phone I wouldn't have. ::shrug::

Though the day I forgot mine at work and was lamenting to a co-worker I was nervous about driving home in the middle of the night. He told me I shouldn't be relying on technology anyway, I should be relying on God. But in a way too it's like the story with the man stranded at sea who passed up all the things that were sent to save him.

They can be used non-rudely. You chose what kind of a cell owner you are like Cindi said. Common courtesy usage should really be common sense. It's not the phones fault. Anywho, I think the positives outweigh the negatives really.
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I think the most interesting thing will be the kids who are now 5-7. They will probably be getting phones in 10 years.... where will we be then? What will their "independence" look like? Probably a lot different than the "independence" of their parents - "Can I have the keys? Okay, see you at 11pm" type thing. Parents can already track their children by gps chips in their phones and in the shoes! The question is, how far is too far, and will we realize how far too far is before we pass it?
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think kids 5-7 already have phones. I saw a girl couldn't have been more than 5 with a migo phone. Her mom handed it to her and she turned around and made a phone call. Ryan has one of those. He called me once while he was walking down the street with his friend. It was random.

Too far as far as tracking kids or 'losing' independence by gaining it? Weren't you in favor of being able to track everyone in the country or something? Someday we will have GPS chips and 'cell phones' in our arms. Well I won't. Because I think legally it won't be possible to mandate. I don't know, it will be possible but then you get into all kinds of moral and ethical issues.
Sep. 21st, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
My middle school students have cell phones. One of them said she got hers in fifth grade.
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