Friday, April 12, 2013
IS YOUR PHONE YOUR BEST PAL?
Why do you love your cell phone?
Is it the way it looks? Or how it behaves -- that it's friendly, astoundingly easily to handle, as it gives you access to -- wow -- practically everything in the world?
Facts from The Week magazine:
"Mobile use has tripled; most people spend 1 hour &.27 minutes per day on the phone. Most people check their phones at least once, every hour."
I checked other online sources that said, most folks check their phones 150 times per day, once every six-and-a-half minutes, or nine to 10 times per hour.
I found similar facts in Pew Research Center's summary, The Best (And Worst) of Mobile Phone Connectivity." Click the link to The Best (And Worst) of Mobile Phone Connectivity, and read how people sleep with phones next to the bed, and how often different age groups check their phones.
It freaks me out -- millions of people spending hours, every day, with their heads bent, crouched, hunched over this shiny thing they've bought -- bought into -- because billionaire businesses have spent billions on making them think it's wonderful.
My son, JD Cullum, phoned the other day -- thrilled, excited about his new phone. Gushing about all the business and personal and recreational things he can do just by fingering the phone's face, he sounded as if he were climbing the ladder of life just by caressing it.
I'm shuddering. A booklet arrived from Dell computers (I use one) promoting "fingering." New computers are imitating phones that are obsolescing the computer.
I don't finger. I type-talk fast -- uninhibitedly, free as a bird -- with fingers on a keyboard, as I create my blog, plus stories, essays, poems, plays, novels on my computer, even though the market for my writing is changing -- yep -- it's fading away.
Sci-fying my concerns about this, I'm picturing the future -- maybe someday we'll stick a suction cup on our foreheads that inputs words and pictures, or perhaps reading will become brain food you swallow on a tablespoon.
Cell phones is a subject I've blogged about four times. My main moan -- do phones harm you, do they cause cancer? Though reports from many reliable sources have said YES, the truth is obfuscated by all the tests, the reassuring statistics that cell phone manufacturers keep providing.
Okay, answer this question: How many times a day do you check your phone -- play with it, test it, admire it, or seek information from it? Now, take a moment -- ponder, plan, picture what your life would be like, without a smart phone.
Be brave. Take a week off. Try living for seven days without touching your cell phone. And see how much fun it can be when you're free as a bird.