Monday, June 16, 2008

I Hate Cell Phones - A Rant in Writing

I mention in my profile that I'm not a fan of cell phones and there are a billion reasons why. Before I list some of them, let me confess that I do have a cell phone. My husband gave it to me for Christmas after I came home one morning at 1:00 a.m. and he wasn't sure where I was. I had been Christmas shopping and knew it was very late, but didn't want to take time out to call him to let him know I was fine. It was selfish on my part. If the tables had been turned, I would've wanted to strangle him if he was out so late and didn't bother to check in. Anyway....

I got this cell phone and there are many things I do enjoy about having one. I like that when I'm out and about and I decide I want a chicken pita wrap with hummus, I can just whip out my phone and call in an order, then buzz by to pick it up. I can call my husband from the grocery store to ask if we need milk. I'm not tethered to my home if I'm expecting an important (or even not so important) call. And, if I'm ever stranded in the middle of nowhere in my car, I can call for help (provided there is phone coverage in that area). So yes, there are things I can appreciate about cell phones.

Today I was standing in the check out line at Target and the woman behind me reminded me why cell phones drive me nuts. She was talking to her mother about her brother and sister-in-law and she was having an argument with her mom - in the middle of Target. She wasn't even trying to keep quiet. She was raising her voice and saying things like: "mom, I love my brother, but I can't stand around while his wife is abusing my nephew! I just won't do it." Seriously, I just wanted to turn around and slap her. I mean, why on earth would she think it was ok to talk so loudly about something so personal? And I've heard other cell phone conversations in my day that I didn't need to be hearing. I don't want people listening to me when I talk on the phone and I sure as heck don't want to listen to their calls!

I also hate being at dinner with a friend or talking with a friend I haven't seen in awhile and their phone rings, so they decide to answer. Unless there is blood and hospitalization involved, why should that person answer the phone? I don't think they should. I mean, what better way to communicate to someone that they are less important than some stupid phone call?! Of course, it's different when your kids are calling to ask you to run home because the kitchen is on fire, or something like that (I'm not totally unreasonable).

I hate seeing moms at the grocery store or on a walk with their kids, talking to someone when they could be talking to their kid. Or people walking down the street with a cell phone"glued" to the side of their head. For all the contributions they make, cell phones are eroding our culture. People don't talk with each other anymore, and don't take the time to listen to what is going on in their own heads.

I guess the bottom line is, if you come to my house or we're having dinner at a restaurant, you need to turn the cell phone off or be prepared to listen to me moan and complain about your pitiful need to always be available to someone. I know it's harsh, but I'm being pushed over the edge!