Is there anyone who doesn't own or refuses to own a cell phone?
I hope I ain't the only one. Going on four years.
I am 45 and do not have one!!! I am also a salesperson and don't have one. Yes I am old school.
Not having a cell phone these days is certainly unique and actually might work when things are normal, but throw in a couple of hospital visits, serious illnesses, or emergency situations and you suddenly find out how valuable that they can be. Having a cell phone could save someone's life.
My father (94) refuses to carry/use a cell phone and the only time that we could find out how things were going was to wait for him to call each night when he got home from the hospital. That was extemely frustrating, upsetting, and completely unncessary.
So, if you don't want to use a cell phone for yourself, fine, but think about those other people that may need info/status from you or have a real need to get in touch with you.
Have you ever tried to find the wife in a large store? Cell phones help with that.
Have you ever been on the road and needed a hotel reservation? Cell phones help with that.
Have you ever had a total electrical failure immediately after take off? I called the tower with the cell phone and recieved landing instructions.
Have you ever needed to activate the EMS system while on the road? Cell phones help with that.
If you can't hear/see to use a cell phone, there are phones for seniors that are not complicated with large keys/digits and loud volume. There just isn't any excuse not to have/use one these days. They are not a passing fad!!
I am very interested in understanding on what your resistance to cell phones is based.
I think you sound a little self absorbed myself. If your dad don't want one, then let him be. He didn't have a cell phone when you were growing up and sounds like he did a pretty darn good job doing it. You did turn out alright, didn't you?
Also, If I am not at work or at home, where I have a landline at both places, I am with my family or on the drive to get to them. Having a cell phone would not get me to them any faster.
I'd be pissed too; that's just playing with their lives and others around them. I've had a few occasions of people swerving into my lane because they felt a text message or reading e-mail was so necessary.
Other than that; both my kids have cell phones and both are younger than high school age. I can call them if I'm running late and they show-up on our family map (GPS), so I can make sure they're on their way when riding bikes.
I was in the park about a month ago and a kid split his chin open; thankfully had my cell on me and was able to call an ambulance, because he was going into shock and half conscious (might have been concussed too).
I do not own a cell, and when my son almost cut off his finger, I applied general first aid techniques and drove like a bandit to the the hospital. I did not wait on an ambulance. It would have taken much longer. That is what I would have done for that boy too.
Just so you all know, I have 5 boys, have had countless emergencies, countless ilness' in the family, lots of hours and days spent in hospitals, and never let my family down by not having one. NEVER!!!
My wife has one, my oldest three boys have them, but they are men now.
I have been homeless in L.A., been to war, hitch hiked across the U.S., ben from L.A. to New Yourk. Mexico to Canada, and around the world, and never once have I NEEDED a cell phone.
Yes, it can be handy, no doubt, but I am old school. My wife does not call me 20 times a day while I am at work. In fact she has not called me at all today. Nothiong aggrivates me as going in the back and watching the guys back there trying to do thier job with a !@#$ phone stuck to thier ear. My boys better be home when told, and they are never able to look at me and say, "but I texted you."
I also play an old acoustic guitar and love old music too, and my Wrangler does not have power windows, locks or even carpet for that matter. I am as real and independant as one can get.