The current group of kids is the first generation that will grow up with cell phones as standard technology. I didn’t get my first cell phone until I was 16, so I well remember life before everyone carried a miniature computer in their back pocket. Nowadays, they are so common that businesses like doctor’s offices and pharmacies text appointment reminders and refill status updates to patients.
Cell phones are convenient, but they usually get a bad rap for being addictive, isolating, and all-consuming. The cell phone culture is here to stay, though – at least until a quicker, sleeker, more advanced method of communication comes along. At first, I resented the feeling of constantly being “on” when I carried a phone everywhere. Then I decided to focus on and embrace its positive aspects.
I enjoy being able to read up-to-the-minute news reports on my phone. Reading online newspapers sure makes it a lot easier to sit on the couch with my kids while they watch a cartoon during afternoon rest time. I order groceries on my phone for next-day pickup while I drink a glass of wine and relax in my recliner, and that is a convenience I thank God for daily. I can check my email while I wait outside of the school to pick up my daughter. Many employees resent the implication that they should stay connected with the workplace through their phones while at home, but I’m a part-time freelancer and am grateful I can briefly connect with editors and interview subjects throughout the day while still taking care of my kids.
We live in a cell phone culture, no two ways about it. Well, there are two ways about it. We can choose to resent it or be grateful for it.