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Cellphones Are Ruining Society

February 3, 2013

To the Readers’ Forum: Cell phones, I-Pads, I-Phones, digital cameras are all so small that I refuse to torture myself by using one....

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Feb-06-13 4:22 PM

Ooops. I didn't realize it was an accurate self description or childhood nickname.

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Feb-06-13 12:15 AM

Why on earth was this published?

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Feb-05-13 12:33 PM

@50s40ever. Well your screen name probably indicated your and your significant others IQ. Touche'

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Feb-05-13 9:07 AM

@URAWETARD..your screen name indicates you could have used better parenting.

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Feb-05-13 2:25 AM

Arbitrarily drawing a line at a certain point in technological progress is what the Amish do... they were fed up with gadgets circa 1850... apparently the author and Jazzie drew the line at 1990. Sticking your head in the sand will not make these things go away, and stepping aside from the normal progress of society and technology will just make you look like a weirdo. And if looking weird, risking your safety in a communication vaccuum, and working twice as hard to achieve the same goal doesn't bother you, I say long live the Nouveau-Amish.

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Feb-05-13 2:20 AM

This letter and the response by Jazzie amaze me! I simply can't comprehend how people can claim a sort of moral high ground by ignoring or condemning functional, practical modern technology. There is not inherent good or bad in technology... it is simply a tool. Certainly, any technology can be abused and any convenience can lead to people becoming lazy, but to blame the erosion of society on a technological marvel is absurd. Modern cell technology is simply amazing, and i can see how it "scares" the older generations. New technology always does. The idea of oldtimers hating "new fangled gadgets" is time honored and humorous, but hardly warrants a forum letter. But younger people like Jazzie who are intentionally sheltering their kids from these "gadgets" are simply putting their offspring at a functional, real world disadvantage. People will NEED knowledge of these devices in the future job market.

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Feb-04-13 9:55 AM

oh by the way...its not cell phones ruining society.....its the absent parents that are ruining society.

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Feb-04-13 9:49 AM

Well maybe Jazzie and this author can meet up and reminisce about the good ole days about rotary phones and putting old pen to paper.....Thanks for updating us on how righteous you and your family are.....I know I will sleep better tonight. You either chance with the times or get left in the dark. But least you've got a corded phone to call 911.

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Feb-04-13 1:56 AM

Cellphone s are not that bad if you get stuck or need help but I see little kids about 8 to9 years old I know the mom and dad are on welfare can't buy food or pay there rent but they have the I phone 5 witch is about $ 300 to $400 and there kids have them too and you never see good grades from school because there in the restroom on there phone

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Feb-03-13 11:56 PM

Jazzie im willing to bet you have an unpaid cell phone bill sitting around. Your trying to justify your logic.

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Feb-03-13 10:59 PM

And with landline service, there's no texting, no texting while driving, and no picture taking. Hmm...go figure

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Feb-03-13 9:42 PM

Amazing Duckster..we have landline service in our home. When I need 9-1-1, I don't need to tell them my location because it's already showing up on their screen. When you're on a cell phone, you're pinged, like an acrobat, from one tower to another. You might be located, and then again you might nor be. We have corded phones too, not the 600 zillion Mhz cordless ones that depend on electricity. Good thing too. Great when there's no electricity. Even better when you know your cell phone is down to one bar and have no idea when the power will be back on and you have a medical emergency in the process of a power outage. Nice

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Feb-03-13 7:31 PM

I'm still amazed at the functions of the feet, legs, arms, feet, the heart...all those things when people are physically active and not talking on their "Made in China" phones they got at Wal Mart. Should we be embarassed we've decided to raise our kids the right way?

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Feb-03-13 7:28 PM

Nope, not irresponsible, never lost a thing in my life, except my temper. Does this make me irresponsible? I know people who have those gadgets and I hear the same complaints practically, about how they don't understand this app, or how they have a $200-$300 a month bill, blah blah blah. I wonder what people did in days without being so immersed in all this techno mumbo jumbo. It wasn't so far long ago that we didn't have what we have today. But then again we didn't read about people kidnapping or going on a rampage every day in the papers like we do today. Do you know who any of your neighbors are? Do you know how long they've been in the neighborhood? We're not that far behind the times..we got the little FRS radios, and just think: No texting, no bills. All ya gotta do is put the batteries back in the charger for a few hours, which costs less than what, a nickel to charge. Our kids don't have and aren't interested in video games, they're highly more involved with their community.

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Feb-03-13 6:19 PM

Seadog-the operator knew us and the party being called, and didn't ask if I wanted to speak Spanish. We didn't need to call each other a lot. We actually saw or wrote each other. There's a lost art. My grandkid can't read cursive so I text him.

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Feb-03-13 6:15 PM

I miss the quality of the old hard line phones with Ma Bell. No skips, echoes, beeps, etc. I'm wireless and cheap, but even with expensive stuff if you need it, Murphy's law says you will be in a dead zone. Texting is great. I can take my time answering, and don't have to think of something to say to the grandkid afer five minutes. Something dog wants out of the house when I get a text message in. Must be some sounds we don't know about.

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Feb-03-13 3:23 PM

Pat, Pat, Pat, there are many things in this society that are driving this country to the brink...the economy and entitlements top the list. Gadgets are at the bottom of that list, if they even make the list.

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Feb-03-13 12:56 PM

Check out this funny one:

w w w dot clevelandseniors dot com/forever/rotary-cell.htm

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Feb-03-13 11:49 AM

In this ay and age if you pay anything for a land line you are sucker. I have family members that still pay 30 or 40 bucks a month for this and actually use the home phone about once or twice a week. They say it is a good thing in case of losing the electricity because the phone will still work. wtf? I do, however, feel kind of sad when I see so many young people walking down the street in a haze staring down t the I Phone... hmm

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Feb-03-13 11:10 AM

Howard is absolutely correct.

A year's subscription from Tracphone is about $100+ taxes, so it costs less than $10 a month for a lot of security and convenience.

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Feb-03-13 9:43 AM

Patricia, to my knowledge all cellphones will dial through to 911. You do not have to pay anything extra or any monthly fee. Just purchase an inexpensive phone, keep it charged and keep it near you. It is nice to have the feeling of a little extra security. Good luck to you.

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Feb-03-13 9:01 AM

Patricia I am taking a wild guess here but I am going to say you are between the age of 80 and 85. The only thing I agree with you on is the spelling aspect of it you may have a point there. Other than that you have no idea of what you are talking about. It seems as if you want a prize from everyone because you don't have a cell phone. Nobody cares that you don't own one and nobody is forcing you to get one. You and Jazzie are in the 1 percent of people in the civilized world who does not own one. I could care less that you choose not to make your life simpler by having a cell phone. My question is what are you going to do in an emergency and you are not at home? Look around there are no pay phones anymore. I guarntee you that you are going find somebody with a cell phone and ask them to use theirs. Also this nonsense about them being small is absurd. I have never lost a cellphone in my life. You and Jazzie must be very irresponsible people if you loose things all the time

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Feb-03-13 6:21 AM

Jazzie I have new found respect for you. :)

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Feb-03-13 5:54 AM

Super great comment Renaldo! (As usual)

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Feb-03-13 4:52 AM

Many complain about cell & smart phones as done in this letter, as though you're defining their use not by your own decisions but by how you see others use their devices. I'm sometimes annoyed by others, mainly because their loud ringtones and loud conversations. But, big deal.

I've had a smartphone for 2 years and I'm still amazed by the number of practical functions it provides, it is the best value product I've ever had. No one is forcing you to text, to use bad punctuation, to use a small screen, etc. You have a choice how to use these devices or whether or not to use one. A smart phone is only as smart as its user.

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