Rant, shmant…Cell Phones. WTF? Week 11

As you see, the parents are not paying attention to the kinder (child)
As you see, the parents are not paying attention to the kinder (child)


Cell phone courtesy: Please turn ‘em off – therapy is in session

Answer: 60 to 125 times a day

Question: On average, how many times do we check our cell phones each day?

So, I ask you, are you average, above average? Stellar perhaps? Just how tethered are you? Can you give it up? Would you? I have to admit, mine goes everywhere with me. Apple had me at, “iHello.” And to be honest (we are in therapy after all) the phone is my least favorite feature. It’s that dreamy camera—the ability to capture my kinder (kids) in every escapade imaginable. Kodak moments? Not so much (who prints when we can swipe?). Between the Mrs. and me, we record every waking moment of our lives with Little and Big. Second children no longer have to grow up unnoticed (and needing therapy); Little is in just as many pictures as Big.

please watch this short video…my mishpocheh (family) in action. That Kenny, he’s got the making of a star! Nu? Thank you to my nephew, Max-a-lah,  for making such a video!

What on earth did we all talk about before everyone on the planet got a smart phone? I vaguely recall long, lovely, limitless, uninterrupted time to myself. I walked the dogs (furry first children) and was totally one with them in nature. I could run to the store and pick up a script without a care. I actually peed without bringing a phone in the bathroom. The Mrs. and I, we schmoozed (chatted) about everything, snuggling on the sofa watching Olivia Benson kicking some major butt!

There were no electronic farts, noises, beeps, or music telling me about a new email, a tweet, a status update, a news alert, or a lightening strike within my immediate proximity. I was not instantaneously answerable to anyone. I think I was still okay? I managed to meet with friends and family and not call if someone was 10 seconds late (of course, I’m Jewish, so I imagined them dead by the curb, or on a respirator in the hospital, but which hospital? Oy). I knew how to dress for the weather because I walked out the front door to check. I was up to date on the news and current events; I definitely held my own during many a ‘water cooler’ conversation. My landline rang and I let the answering machine get it. Yes, I was a proud screener.

I’m positive we talked more before smart phones. I used to take time out of my day to write letters and send cards to people for special occasions. Now, I can text or instant message birthday wishes, Mazel Tov’s or even my deepest sympathies. Why even say how I feel? There is an amazing array of emoticons for every expression. Feelings? Feh!

Oh Siri, how I love and hate you so… Like Google on crack, so many answers you have? This techno age is meshuggeneh (crazy). Being connected is so easy, yet I look around at restaurants, on the train, even walking, and everyone is looking at his or her phones. Talking to each other? Not so much.

Was life better before? Is life better now? I don’t know. I do know life is faster now. Yet, somehow, it’s a lot easier to feel disconnected, being so connected. It’s a shonda (a shame). WTF?


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35 thoughts on “Rant, shmant…Cell Phones. WTF? Week 11

  1. I do own a cell phone but my provider doesn’t work most of the time where I am so I don’t use it 9 months of the year. When I am somewhere it works, I often forget to turn it on, or the ringer isn’t on or I forget it. Honestly, my cell phone only really does calls, texts, and pictures so its not a big deal. On the other hand I work with people who cannot turn their phones off for two minutes and I am forced to listen to everyone’s conversations.

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  2. First of all great post, very thought provoking. I, like you however, am at a loss as to whether we are benefiting or losing meaningful contact because of our ‘relationships’ with phones. As a family we enjoy the great outdoors and often pick places ‘off grid’ with no signal or internet connection. I’ll admit i still think of tweeting etc for the first day or so but then forget all about it until we get back to the car or home. it feels liberating. Until, that is, I immediately turn my phone on to see what i’ve ‘missed’ haha.

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  3. Aaah, yes. Being connected to the point of distraction. Being so connected to people on the other side of the world that we are totally disconnected from the people sitting right next to us! It really is a shame…#fabfridaypost

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  4. Would you believe I am tethered to not 1 iPhone but 2, every single day? My job requires me to be accessible but because of my work it is all subject to public records so I have to keep them separated because yes, someone has actually requested to see my phone records (WTF) and

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  5. Well that just happened to post before I was done. And I can’t even blame my phone for it. User error.

    Anyway, life is definitely faster and yes it is a slippery slope. I like having the information so easily accessible but when I am with my daughter I make a conscious effort not to check notifications in front of her. Every night around 2 hours before her bedtime I put my phones in airplane mode to solely focus on her and our time together. Of course I get disrupted on weekends and occasionally in the evenings because cell phones have made it more of a thing for employers to demand employees be accessible.

    Great post as always. Thought provoking as usual.

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  6. I use my phone for everything! Phone, Map, Contacts, Calendar Dates, weather, Camera, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Library, Banking, Music – sadly it doesn’t have enough memory for WordPress and other apps. I can go on! Haha – But then the other day – my love Ethan dropped it in a pond at the Turtle Temple! I know a Turtle F* Temple!! As you can imagine – I did spend quite sometime trying to retrieve it with a rod – but gave up in the end as I come to realisation that by that time – if I have retrieved it – it wouldn’t have worked anyway… So I’ve got myself a cheaper temporary phone but still has all the function on it. I know I am so bad!! But sadly, as a Blogger – I don’t think I can live without one. 🙂 Well – let’s say every now and then I so let my kids watch Peppa Pigs on Youtube and search for answers on Google if I don’t have the answers to. I think it works out pretty well for us.

    I must say though I never tried Siri before – even when I have an iPhone – I am pretty bad with phone – I tend to loose one every year! I know!!

    Thank you so much for linking up again Lisa. Sorry it is a long one. xx #FabFridayPost

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    1. The turtles are making calls? Oh no! The Mrs has lost many a phone, broken glass, loss, even had one stolen. It has become something we can’t live without. Thanks for the invite, as always. I am lucky because I’m writing you from the airplane. Post soon to follow!

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  7. I think one of the problems with changes in our lives (including those made by new technologies) is that we want to compare, and say “This is better” or “This is worse.” In fact “this” (in this case our chaining ourselves to smart technology) is merely different. There are things about it that are better (we have far more instant access to facts and information; we can find ourselves and our loved ones when lost; we can carry our entire music library wherever we go, etc.); and things that are worse (we are now compelled to see why the phone made some noise; and sometimes to see why it didn’t; we are compelled to respond to things that we used to take time with and not worry so much about; etc.). There is no such thing as a free lunch, and the price we pay for the benefits of the information superhighway are the downsides of that same superhighway. All in all, I find myself willing to live in the modern world and paying the price to do things that in my youth (say, the 1970s) would have been unimaginable.


    1. I agree Paul. I am not asking for a return to the 8-track player or Encyclopedia Brittanica–change, is well, change. ANd we get the good and the bad. I guess we/I need to approach in a Zen way perhaps. Thank You for your comment and reading of my weekly Rant.


  8. I can forget for DAYS that I even have a cell phone. Unless its a school day, then I’m swatting aimlessly under my pillow to find the darn thing in hopes of finding the snooze when the alarm goes off in the morning. Now that we live in a small town I try and remember to carry it with me when I go out, you can go a couple miles before finding a house/store with anyone actually there in an emergency (something I really only worry about because all 3 tots are absolutely accident prone). I didn’t even use the camera on it until our actual one broke, and to me that’s just simply being too cheap to bother buying a new one. Mr. Mango however always has his on hand. For everything.
    I’ve found especially when socializing that it’s a real trouble to get people to just talk, play, have fun without technology as a whole. We stock a bunch of board games (instead of video games) and we have a strict no phones at the table or around the bon fire rule, even with guests. The funny thing is, just the other day we were visiting with another couple and ended up playing a game for Playstation that DOES require using a cell phone the whole time! It was a lot of fun, but to me it felt very strange!!


  9. OMG- I know exactly what you mean! I find myself wondering…Am I that important that I actually have to answer in the middle of a meal, because the person calling knows my phone is attached at all times?? Answer: Nope. We’re trying to at least find the capability to leave our cells in another room, at least occasionally without having an anxiety attack. *gasp

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  10. Hi Lisa,
    I blogged about a similar topic– how disruptive mobile phones are and how to have tech-free times.
    Thanks for bringing your post to Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew


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