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The addictive cell phone

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 10:02 AM

I was eating a burger in Hardees in Paragould last Tuesday when a young couple came in. They placed their order then took a seat to wait for the order.

Both of them took out a cellular phone and started talking or texting.

That's what they did during the whole meal. I never saw any kind of communication between the two of them.

Several other diners in the restaurant talked on cell phones.

Later in the waiting room of a doctor's clinic, I watched patients talking on their phones. One lady was engrossed in what I guess was a game on her cell phone.

What I'm getting at is that people today seem to be glued to cell phones. Where's the face to face communication between people anymore? Is it becoming a thing of the past?

In my own case, I used to talk on the home phone to my daughter periodically. That seldom happens anymore because we email each other on home computers almost every night. We have an email chat, not a phone chat.

Actually, I miss my daughter's voice.

It's common to see drivers talking on cell phones as they cruise down their hometown streets or on the highways. Some of them are texting, I'm sure.

I watch customers in Walmart stores talking on cell phones.

I wonder what we ever did without cell phones.

Even the poorest of people somehow have their cell phones.

Children in elementary school have personal cell phones. And teens in high school have their own cell phones, too, and seem addicted.

It's a mind boggling electronic world.

Just purchasing a cell phone can be daunting. There are so many choices, features, prices, plans.

Yes, I have a cell phone, but I'm not addicted. I still have the same phone I bought years ago at Walmart. It went off the market years ago.

It's one of those paid for minute phones. Every two or three months I purchase a prepaid card to add minutes to my phone time.

It's just a basic phone. There's none of those fancy features offered today. I don't have touchscreen or color, no call waiting or wireless Internet with keyboard. There's no GPS receiver or voice activated functioning capability. There's no megapixel camera or music.

No, none of that. But my phone will send and receive messages. And in an emergency, I can phone for help.

Total monthly cost is $10.

My phone has an outdated pull out antenna for better reception, too. No, it isn't state of the art but it gets the job done.

Much to my daughter's chagrin, the phone stays in the Off position. I rarely turn it on. But it is handy if I ever need to turn it on.

I've been hearing that the personal computer will be defunct soon and will no longer be used. I've read that smaller slim computers called tablets will end up replacing desktops and laptops. Portability is a key benefit. Some say Smartphones will replace computers, too.

Maybe one day we'll revert back to writing letters again. Or using land line phones.

But don't count on it. Cell phones are here to stay.

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