Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cell Phones

Up until last February, I had a basic cell phone with limited capabilities. You couldn't even really text with it; that was a struggle. It was so outdated that people were really curious about it; they'd never seen that style before or they hadn't seen it in...like...forever.

Then my daughter upgraded to a new phone and new plan and I offered her some money for her old one. And I became a smartphone owner; part of the modern world, albeit slightly outdated.

Even so, I still barely if ever use this new gadget and only a handful of people have the number, mostly family and a couple of close friends. I don't even have a data plan on it; I pay as I go (only 10.00 a month!) and use free Wi-Fi when I'm outside of the home.

Something to make you smile!

I admit that having this phone is certainly handy for texting my brother and two daughters, especially the one that's away for university, but even that only happens occasionally. I'm determined not to get caught up in this cell phone addiction that seems to be plaguing humanity. There is a beautiful world out there and I don't want to lost sight of it!

What about you? Do you have a cell phone? Do you text a lot? Are you addicted to your phone?

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  1. smiles dear Martha,since i too got a new smart phone which was hard to handle before and really funny things start to happen ,though we use english alphabet but in our own language and so many times there were funny spelling mistakes followed by my explanations that i tried to this but it went that way ,after few months now i feel it easy to use

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    1. I felt the same way when I first started to use the phone but it's quite user-friendly and didn't take long to figure out.

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  2. I do have a smartphone and I probably spend too much time on it. I don't text a lot, and mostly with my husband. It's handy when I can't take the time to get on the phone with him and just need to send a message. I listen to music a lot on it too. I am trying to put it away when there are others around and give my full attention to the moment.

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    1. That's something that I think is important; to put the phone away when you're with others and give them their full attention. I find many people don't do that!

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  3. Funny text above :)

    I totally agree with you, Martha, I am not owned by my phone. It is amazing how many people you see when out and about on their cell phones talking, texting, etc. I like the convenience of it for when I'm out and about in case of a problem. I like texting between family members. I found recently with the work we are getting done around this place that people prefer texting to take care of things rather than talking on the phone, so been using that a lot for gardeners, etc.

    Funny thing with my cell phone is it is over 2 years old. I was eligible for an upgrade but son broke his phone and although we had insurance on it, he had too many claims in a year so they wouldn't cover him anymore. So I gave him my upgrade. My phone is starting to do weird things but I'm going to hold on to it as long as I can. Yesterday I'm working and I hear this loud shrilling noise. I had issues with my work computer the day before that I had to call IT support for, so I thought maybe it was the computer so I'm turning my speakers off, etc. Came to find out it was my cell phone making that noise. I turned it off and let it sit for a minute or two and then turned it back on and it was fine. However, I did turn it off last night just in case it decided to do the same noise at 2 a.m. :)

    betty

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    1. A lot of people are texting these days instead of talking on the phone. I think it's actually not a bad idea with people doing work for you, especially around the house. At least you'll have a record of what they say/promise! I do like being able to text with my daughter who is away for university. But I prefer Skyping with her. I can see her while we speak and can notice things about her (what mood she's in) that I wouldn't in a text.

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  4. That was some funny texting!

    I am more addicted to my cellphone than I ever thought I would be but I'm still much less attached to it than most people are to their phones. I don't have tons of people to text but I text a few semi-regularly and I use it to check my email and my blog now (that was a leap forward in tech savviness for me). I consciously try to avoid using it "too much" though.

    Just yesterday the hubs was staring at his *a ton* during a pit stop on our road trip and I asked, "Should I be staring at my phone? Are you gonna have that out the entire time we're here?" We have different standards I suppose!

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    1. Having and using it doesn't bother me. I just don't want to become addicted to it. I like having the power of shutting everything down when I feel like it instead of having the phone overpowering me!

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  5. That text is hilarious. I'm not as addicted to my phone as some of my friends, but I do depend on it quite a bit. I do make a rule to be engaged with whoever I'm talking to and not look at my phone, especially over a meal. It really bothers me when someone is constantly looking at their phone instead of talking to me at a preplanned meeting or lunch date. I feel like my time is valuable and they should respect that.

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    1. That bothers me, too! I think when you're with other people, it's very rude to be concentrating on your phone.

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  6. My phone is great for making / receiving a call and for sending / receiving a text.

    Call me old fashioned but that's how I like it!

    All the best Jan

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  7. I call our cell phone a "dumb phone". I use it rarely to make calls and text my daughter. That's all I need.
    It also has a camera that I never use.
    One feature I like is the built in flashlight.

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    1. You're keeping it nice and simple! I like that :)

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  8. Oh yes...these devices are a slippery slope, my friend. They are gloriously handy but often they are keeping people distracted to the point they are no longer living in the real world. This connection to living digitally can't be good...but then I am sitting here visiting blogs on a computer which, also has me living in a bit of a virtual world, doesn't it.

    With all of that being said, I am not prepared to give up my iPhone or my computer. They have both become a way for me to communicate, correspond, handle my finances, and take pictures.

    There is the fact that I teach classes for smartphones too. So really I am sort of like a drug dealer getting people hooked on this type of psuedo-drug. I probably am responsible for people becoming iPhone junkies. Have you lost all respect for me? Or perhaps there was none to lose.

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    1. HAHAHA! Oh, that made me laugh...about you being a like a drug dealer and getting people hooked on this technology. I do have things like a smartphone and tablet and computer, but since I'm still more powerful than they are, I maintain control over my life, which is pretty much what I want. I don't minding owning them as long as they don't own me!

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  9. The only thing my phone does is re-dial, I kid you not! I don't have a cell. In my cave, I only have my Magic Jack which is more than enough... for me!

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    1. HAHAHA! Well, the cell phone companies haven't enslaved you yet! Good for you.

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  10. Aha! I outlasted even you! I still haven't purchased a cell phone of any type. I just use the home phone, or borrow a cell phone from a family member if I really need one. Probably will end up getting one sometime this year...but cheers for procrastination! :D Enjoy your new phone!

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    1. They are very handy to have as long as you don't become addicted to them, which I'm proud to say hasn't happened to me! I want to remain alert to the world around me :)

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  11. Sadly, I've had a smart phone for the last three years and admit to being a "cell phone junkie."

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    1. I wouldn't have thought that with you, Linda, since you're such an outdoorsy type!

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  12. I'm one of the few people who don't have a cell phone!

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  13. we use our cell phones for texting and email and they are quite indispensable now, just like my computer! My kids snapchat, instagram etc. My son has learned to minimize his data usage, using public wifi where possible.

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    1. I think everyone spends too much time on their phone.

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    2. The younger generation is very tuned into the cell phones, tablets, online social networks, etc. I enjoy the technology but still maintain the control. When I leave my home, I detach from all of it, so I can enjoy the world around me!

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  14. Yes I do...
    No, I am not addicted to my phone....
    It is my IPad that has captured my heart!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I have a tablet that I love, so I totally get you, Linda! They are such amazing things!

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  15. I only began using a cellphone 2 years ago. But not a smartphone -- an old-school flip phone. I don't know how to text. I'm not sure that I can with this phone? Who knows?

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    1. You probably can (my old phone had that capability ) but it's quite tedious. And frustrating!

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    1. Good for you, Adam! Stay focused on the real world.

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  17. We first got cell phones to make it easier to stay in touch with the our daughter for picking up, dropping off, when she was in highschool and having a part time job. I use my cell phone mostly for texting, and only to a few other people. I barely ever call, or receive calls. My husband does not have a cell phone and the few times he goes away without me, he takes mine. Ironically, my son discovered his cell phone got broken a few days ago. It is nonfunctioning. Our cell phones are NOT COOL. They are early Motorolas. So I think it may be time to bite the bullet and get some phones that look like they belong to this century and you can actually find a cell phone cover for. I was planning on starting with a new provider anyway. The cost of cell phones makes me angry, however. I can get away with a simple plan, but the sixteen year old may need a more all-inclusive plan. -Jenn

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    1. Cell phone costs make me angry, too! And some of the plans are expensive and complicated. It's a rigged game! My husband doesn't have a cell phone either and he doesn't care for one. He hasn't even used mine yet.

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  18. I only recently got a mobile phone (we ditched our land line). Texting with friends and family is fun, but I don't do that whole, keep my head down 24/7 and text business. I don't get it. I don't get folks that drive and text. Or when I see folks (or saw, since I NEVER eat out now), but when I saw folks texting as they ate across from one another. How rude. And also, sad.

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    1. I think it's rude, as well. When you're spending time with someone you should give them all your attention. And yes, definitely sad, too. Because some of them don't get why it's rude!

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  19. I have a cell phone. I do text more than I call people. I don't have internet on it. I did at first but couldn't stand the constant beeping!! lol
    I got rid of that option. My cell is a phone, not a computer.
    I am happy.

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    1. Whatever works for you, Jim! I image your camera gets more use :)

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  20. I've got one, bought purely to run my business over social media, so no one has the number and my family will never get the number, I don't text, make few calls so rarely use it.

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    1. Sounds like the way I use my phone; very limited!

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  21. There are a lot of things to do with a smartphone, and most of them arent really needful. that makes it dangerous :P lost of focus, not paying attention to driving / spouse etc

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    1. Good points! Driving while using it is certainly a very dangerous one.

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