If you could un-invent something, what would it be? Discuss why, potential repercussions, or a possible alternative.
Yes, I have one. Yes, there have been times when it has been most helpful.
Yes, I got along just fine before I had one. We all did. Here is why I dislike cell phones:
1. They encourage rudeness. You’re having a conversation with someone, face to face, and her phone rings. She doesn’t even blink at you as she answers it and leaves you waiting for her to remember that you were there first.
2. You’ve all seen the pictures of people in social situations, at restaurants or whatever, all ignoring each other while they work their phones.
3. They are a driving hazard. No further comment needed.
4. They are expensive. I know there are cheap ones, but going back to a cheap one is not a happy option when you’ve had a smart phone.
5. They can be and are used as instruments of torture, because we seem to be terrified to turn them off. People can stalk you on your cell. They can leave ugly messages, nasty pictures, evil voice mails. They can even track your whereabouts if you don’t know how to disable that feature; and even if you do, your phone can be pinged to pinpoint your location.
6. They can cause cancer. Don’t carry yours tucked inside your bra or in the hip pocket of your pants ALL. THE. TIME. There are documented cases of weird breast cancers and problems with hips.
7. I f you really can’t bear not to be connected every single minute of every single day, you need to reconsider your social life.
I could go on. I’ve been interrupted, ignored, walked away from, overridden by other people’s cells. It’s not a nice feeling. It’s not as bad as being killed in an accident because some pinheaded driver couldn’t resist answering his phone, but still.
And I won’t even talk about what texting has done to the English language. SMH. ROFL. How R U?