In today’s society, almost everyone has a cellular phone for personal and business uses. I can remember when these handy items were big enough to fill up an entire compartment in the business man’s large briefcase. With the large size of the phone, came a very large price tag. Although many people, including myself, dreamed of owning one, it is safe to say that none of us dreamers considered this phone to be something we really needed. I am not sure many people know how advanced and annoying this device would come to be in the future.
Before I go on, I must admit that I have a cellular phone. I do have it for emergencies and simply only use it for that reason. On another note, many people use cellular phones to run their lives. I am sure that major land line phone companies have taken a huge hit in losses from people who decide to use their own cellular phones as their primary and only phone. It is annoying that our economy probably takes a huge hit from the drop in customers, and it is also annoying that landline services have all these hidden charges and taxes due to their loss of customers.
If I may point out, we didn’t need them before so why do we depend on them so heavily. We are starting a trend that has our 7 year olds thinking that they, too, need a cellular phone? Is it just a tool to help one fit into society? In some cases, yes. Seven year olds should be thinking about what kind of fisher price figurine they want, not the make and model of the camera phone they desperately need. Cellular phone companies are even promoting this product to parents by adding features that only allow the child to call certain individuals. I would have to say that this annoying because when a child wants something, at age 7 that requires a high monthly bill, how much worse will your child’s needs get by the time they are in their teens.
Oh, and then there is the text messaging. Not only is this taking away the verbal communication and face to face meetings in the business world, but it is also consuming our children’s lives. What happened to children and teens going out to play with their friends and having to be home by the time street lights come on? You may not have to worry about your child being late, because they never left their room. You may have to worry about your teenager, though, texting her/his friends until the wee hours of the morning. Your teen is smarter than you, mom or dad, when it comes to working the phone. They can silence the phone and pretend they are sleeping as fast as they can text in the dark with both hands tied behind their backs. Have you noticed that your teenage girl never gets any phone calls from the house. Surely, you are interested in what boy wants to get to know your daughter, right? Just to hear his voice would give you some sort of indication of what this boy is like, right? Kiss that chance goodbye, because they are texting instead! This is annoying because of the obvious. I find it unreal that children would rather text than be active, in some cases. Could this be a contributing factor to child hood obesity? Now, that is really annoying.
I hate ring tones! Must you hear the top 20 billboard hits in one day with just a simple visit to the hospital? It seems that you can not go anywhere without hearing the distraction of someones loud and obnoxious ringtone; even in the hospital where cell phones are off limits (way to be courteous and discreet cell phone users!). What happened to those nice, quiet romantic dinners? They are no longer romantic, instead they canmake you feel like you are at one of Puff Daddy’s live shows. So why do we all have to have these crazy ringtones and actually pay obsurd amounts of money for them? Are they making us better than the person with the cell phone next to us? Do you really have to show off and let people know that someone is calling your phone? It is so annoying that ringtones are no longer annoying because I am so used to hearing them. I am annoyed that these crazy sounds that now have become so routine.
Yes, I am very annoyed while I am writing this, but I do love my cell phone. I am a hypocrite, but I am a hypocrite with courtesy. I do not blast my phone in public and interrupt everyone’s personal lives. I really don’t text message, because honestly, it takes up more of my precious time. Oh, and I definately don’t drive and talk at the same time. I enjoy life and assume other’s enjoy theirs, too. Lastly, I love the fact that I can have a great device for emergencies, but a seven year old really should focus on playing with their action figures rather than wondering why they don’t have a cell phone in case of a car accident. I am a cell phone lover and hater who is annoyed with people’s dependence on an electrical device. With a little more respect to the public, concerning bad habits, and less dependence, I think we can beat this crazy epidemic; or maybe not. Isn’t that annoying, not knowing?