A long time ago, I was personally against owning a cell phone. I was in college when cell phones became popular and mainstream. I remember the startling cultural shift that occurred when I commonly heard people loudly talking to themselves at the supermarket. Remember when you first saw someone talking on a cell phone with a blue tooth headset? My first reaction was "that person is crazy!" I soon became annoyed with the "loud talkers" and the "I'm too important to put my cell phone away while I make a transaction with another human being" people. So, I refused to own a cell phone. I found them intrusive and annoying. But, I am happy to say that most people have finally learned cell phone etiquite, even if they do talk while they are driving (which is very dangerous! Watch Myth Busters! Its worse than driving intoxicated).
When I moved home after college, a cell phone became a necessity. I needed the ability to call others without using the house phone, and I didn't want those blessed Dattilo's to have to keep taking messages for me on their home phone. I grudgingly purchased a cell phone on Amazon, and I've had one ever since. I've grudgingly had cell phones assigned to me at work, and I continued to feel they were a necessary evil. At my latest job, they even gave me a blackberry that updated me constantly on my emails, as well as gave hundreds of people access to me 24 hours around the clock. I thought this was insane but I played along to keep my job.
The cell phone companies are now offering access to your email, Cable TV channels, and the internet, all through one hand held device. The Geek Mom in me thinks this is really cool, but the prudent money saver, and the time scheduling economist thinks that this opens the door for more people to waste more money and more time.
What do you think? Are cell phones necessary evils? Do you really need access to TV and your email? Have you ever used your cell phone or email to post a message on your blog? Did you know that can be done? Do you even care? Lets here your thoughts!
I'm about to get rid of my cell phone. I just don''t use it enough to pay over $100 to talk to my husband and others during the day. I love to text message, but I can do without. Whats wrong with having a standard analog phone? Hmmm...