My cell phone has been out for a few days. It actually has died a slow death over the past few weeks. It may be just a battery, but the phone itself isn’t accepting the adapter too well. To tell you the truth, I haven’t missed it, but others are upset with me that I am not available to them. I have been too busy to take the phone in and wait the long line to find out, I do, indeed, need another $300 piece of technology.
I never have been one to get all the bells and whistles on a phone. I don’t think I need a small computer, my tunes, a camera and a two year contract just for a phone that goes obsolete in two years, and a $18 upgrade charge(what upgrade?), when I already pay for a small army (Sprint friends and family plan) to be connected to the free world at all times. It’s a matter of principle. What about rewarding faithful (and generous) customer loyalty?
However, I digress. I really wanted to reflect a minute on this urgency to be in contact with everyone at all times. I am so one-track minded when I go out, I struggle to even grocery shop and talk at the same time. Oh, to be honest, I struggle to grocery shop. So, of course I struggle to shop and talk, or worse, to drive and talk. I don’t think I’m the only one.
The real killer is Blue Tooth now when someone right next to you says something. You turn around, and say, “Excuse me?” only to find that you rudely interrupted their conversation, as they point to their obvious ear bud and give you the “What is your problem?” look. Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you might want to live in the present moment of real time and physical bodily presence. My mistake.
Anyway, I’m a bit irritated by this little wonder that has so much control in our lives. In all fairness, I do remember a time when I made phone calls on a phone tree and I resented the homes that didn’t have answering machines. How rude of them not to offer this convenience to me, right? I imagine that few share my thoughts that cell phones are not a necessity. What’s left of my family and friends are a bit irritated with me, no doubt. Is it selfish to want a little time to myself (even if I’m grocery shopping) without interruption? I may be alone on this small platform. I’ll go get it fixed.