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At the cellular level

December 3, 2010 - Karin Elton
A couple times recently I have said to my kids, “What did I do without a cellphone when I was in high school?” I can’t think of a time when I needed one. There must have been a time or two when I could have used one to connect with someone, but mostly I got along just fine without one. I know after high school there was a couple times when I was out and about with my sisters and we were ready to go and one sister was nowhere to be found. Cellphones are handy in those situations.

But my kids are addicted to their phones. The phones are half toys, half communication devices. Recently my daughter handed me the phone for one second to talk to the person she had been talking to and then she patted her pockets and said, “Where’s my cellphone?” in a panicked voice. I motioned to her that it’s right here and she calmed down. My son did the same thing.

My son and his girlfriend text each other often — telling each other what they are doing right now.

I really can’t stand to be that hooked up; I like the phone to make connections and that’s about it.


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