We live in an age of smart phones, computers, reading tablets, the list goes on and on. In fact, people can control everything in their house from an Ipad! The problem with us is when we become obsessed with these gadgets. Did you ever leave the house to go somewhere and discover you left your cell phone at home? You’ll turn around and be late for your appointment to retrieve that cell phone. “What if somebody tries to call me….?” How many phone calls do you get that are really necessary and could not wait until you get home?
I went to lunch a while back with a friend and there was a lady in the booth behind me with her family. Her cell phone never quit ringing, she was on the phone all through her lunch . Her food sat and got cold and she didn’t say two words to the people that were with her. You could tell by her conversations that it was just friends calling, and could have waited. The whole thing was terribly annoying to everyone that was sitting around her. Also, have you ever gone in a public restroom and the person next door is talking on their cell phone? You think they are talking to you, and start answering their questions!
Then there are the “texters” who stand around texting . Those people are in another world! Especially our teenagers, which are texting while driving! What a scary thought! I remember back when we had to ask permission to use the one and only phone at home, and we had to limit our conversations to 5 or 10 minutes. Remember “party lines”? Those were a joy, weren’t they?
Of course, times have changed over the years. Some things are better, some things not so much, but we have to admit we enjoy some of the advantages modern technology has brought us. For instance, I would not be writing this blog without my computer. I am able to keep up with my friends and family with e-mail and that is nice. So let’s use our cell phones, computers etc. to make our life easier, but at the same time remember we can live without them!