Put the phone down

The technological feats outlined in this weeks articles are neat. Some of them, like getting directions or finding places to eat via your phone or a personal fabricator, are cool and useful. Some are sort of creepy, like having entire relationships via SMS or sending people blank messages to get a response. Some, like the guy who rigged his doorbell up to phone so he could see who was coming, just make me wonder why. Why was the recurring question that came to me throughout this weeks readings.

Why are these things necessary? Have we reached a point where we have to be connected EVERY second? Have people forgot how to breath without their cell phones? You can’t even use the phrase “cut the cord” because all these things are cordless. I guess I don’t understand why other people are so attached to their mobile devices.

I take my phone most places. When my best friend is on a break from work, we spend that half hour texting. But I also turn my phone off on a regular basis. Most nights my phone is either off or on vibrate in the other room. Depending on where I’m going, I’ve even been known to leave it in the car. And there are no games on my phone. My phone is my primay means of communication to everyone, but its still only a tool. I don’t let it govern my life and I hope I never get to that point. So I guess I don’t understand why people need their phones to do everything. If anyone can explain that to me, please do.

Oh, and if anyone knows how Japan and Finland got to be the centers of cell phone technology I would love that explained too. I keep searching for things that would tie these together but I’m coming up blank.

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3 Comments

  1. exploringinteractivecommunication said,

    November 7, 2007 at 3:26 am

    But, do you think you would be texting or calling people more often? Or what?

  2. jadimauro said,

    November 8, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Wait you didn’t like the doorbell thing, I thought that was cool, pretty much useless but cool. I think I would use the doorbell thing so that if I wasn’t home I could see who was at my house. I have to admit sometimes I feel a little lost with out my phone. Have you ever been without your phone longer than a week? I don’t think I could do it…..

  3. rdmillner said,

    November 8, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Longer than a week no. But then I live by myself and all of my friends/family are hours away so my phone is my only means of contact. I regularily go a few days without checking messages though.


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