Monday, February 04, 2008

Are you the phone's owner or its slave?

Chris writes a post I've been thinking about since early 2006. He articulated it better than I did, but the idea's the same.

Does your phone add productivity and value to your life, or does it suck them away?


Blogger Becca said...

sucks them away - it's a distraction. but the internet and blogging is an even bigger distraction.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Jenna V said...

I'd say neither. My phone's had its sound off for pretty much the last month. It's just kind of there to tell me the time or to make meeting up with people easier, but I never feel chained to it. Like a watch.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Katie80 said...

I have never APPRECIATED my cell phone as much as I have this past year. My cell phone has been able to keep me connected to my family and friends as I travel from hotel to hotel, day after day. Keeping in touch would be so much more time consuming if I had to deal with phone cards to call everyone and not being able to give them a number to call me back at for more than a day or a week. And let's face it... staying in touch can be hard enough as it is. If you can't handle a phone and the task of being productive, learn when to silence the little guy or leave it at home.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Mix said...

80, based on that assessment, "Big Guy" might be more appropriate nomenclature.

And I'm not including Jenn Zeppelins in this either, because such heavenly levels of will power are statistical outliers.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Hero of the Light said...

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10:01 PM  
Blogger Hero of the Light said...

They can be clutch when you spot someone on the street you'd rather avoid. Particularly when it's the dragon from the weekend prior.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Adam- you would do that, pretend you were talking on your cell phone....besides, the only dragons you've been around lately are the ones tattooed on your lower back: tramp stamp!

haha, actually of all people that would have a dragon tattoo, i feel like you would be a prime candidate

and man, this post really just solidifies that blogging is all about reputation...because chris who wrote the original post got zero comments...MW, who just linked to chris's post, got 6

I don't care that much about cell phones, I like them now, but I didn't have one until the middle of dad still does not have one

11:25 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

never met my grandpa, but apparently he had a bigass badass dragon tattoo on his arm, which is pretty sweet.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Mix said...

My post ended with a question, which gives way to conversation.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Fine, Mix. I'll make a comment that isn't completely irrelevant to your initial post.

I have a love-hate relationship with my phone. I love my phone because it keeps me in touch with some of my favorite people who are conveniently scattered all across the country and the world. Plus, its kind of necessary component if if one wishes to embark upon a long distance relationship.

I hate my phone because in many ways I feel tied to it. Expectations are set much higher when family, co-workers, etc who are now able to reach you instantaneously through various mediums. It becomes increasingly more difficult to live life without being always on call in some way. This has proven particularly challenging for me in the past 3 months, and, more clearly, this past weekend.

One of my goals is to spend at least a year of my life removed from daily access to a phone and internet. I think I would find that a bit refreshing...

8:48 AM  
Blogger syd said...

phones are a high source of anxiety for me. for one, i ALWAYS think i hear my phone ring because there will be 3 or so notes in the ambient noise that resemble that of my ringer. this drives me nuts.

secondly, i get really nervous when i miss 3 or more calls from the same person because i always assume someone died or got their foot amputated or something along those lines. so when my parents call 849 times during class (because my phone doubles as a homing device for them), i have a mini panic attack until i call them back for them only to tell me about who won survivor last night.

thirdly, when i call someone or someone has promised to call me, i anxiously contiuously check my phone and i therefore drive myself nuts.

and lastly, unlike landlines where there is calling time etiquette, with cellphones there is not, so a call and drunk and/or bootycall texts at 430am is socially acceptable. This is just not ok on a tuesday morning when you have a 9am class.

but theyre awesome alarm clocks.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Jenna V said...

shows that I at least need to use my cell a bit more to catch up with Adam, who I actually thought might have a dragon tramp stamp for a few minutes *shudder* or maybe I'm just gullible

12:48 PM  
Blogger cmckim said...

to mollicious: thanks for repping me, but know that i don't lose sleep at night over who's commenting on my blogs or not. it's all a way of rehearsing my own mental music and if other happen to overhear it, they're free to listen or even join in the song. i'm indifferent to their choice. ps: mollicious just became your new nickname.

to syd: we haven't met but you mke me laugh out loud.

to hero: get that tattoo.

to clarify: i wasn't suggesting we start a revolution and burn the world's cell phones because i think they are useless, evil, or vile things... my post was meant simply to get people who are too attached and dependent upon their phones to disconnect and experience their life without that seemingly insignificant dependency. obviously it doesn't apply to all, because not all find themselves as addicted to the connection as others.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Mix said...

Sydney: most phone alarms still work even if you turn the phone off (I learned this in Calculus III). Problem solved, I think.

Hero: Madison's on the 20th day of the 3rd month? Probably have to go early so we can get home at a proper time.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Jenna, I'm glad that someone believed the tattoo story, even though it is in fact, false.

That does not mean that every single time I have imagined Adam with a dragon tramp stamp I haven't laughed out loud, because I most definitely have.

Chris, I thoroughly enjoy your mental music, so I rep you any chance I get haha. Also, you can call me mollicious, only if it sprang from "delicious" and not from "malicious"

MW: I just laughed out loud again because I thought that Calc III literally taught you the equation as to why your cell phone's alarm still works when you turn it off...I think you actually meant that your phone was off, but the alarm still rang in your calc 3

9:18 PM  
Blogger Hero of the Light said...

Jenna: You are gullible, but it's ok.

Molly: I'm not even sure what a "tramp stamp" is, but I want one.

Mix: Oh jesus.

Chris: You have a blog?

9:30 PM  
Blogger kjentzen said...

molly, i love that u used tramp stamp. my mom and i were talking about those this past weekend.

secondly, on the phone, there is nothing worse than when people try to track u with them. i have been there, its like u cannot get away from it.

but, once u can break free of that, they are kind of nice

10:47 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

i work for a telecommunications company here in manila.
i go home. i turn off my phone then i turn it on again after an hour. i dont really think it ties me down, its work that ties me to my phone.
i do however keep in touch with friends by just magically showing up on their doorsteps (kinda).
adam.. dragon tatoo? get a butterfly. that'll be sweet.

3:34 AM  

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