Addiction to cell phone is hard by fjhuangjun


									14 / Michigan Farmer August 2006

Michigan Editorial

Addiction to cell phone is hard to break
By JENNIFER VINCENT                                                                      the store hoping to reach him, only to       your relationship with your cell phone

             CELL phones are a beau-
                                               Editor’s Note                             hear, “Sorry, he just left.” You literally
                                                                                         passed each other on the road.
                                                                                                                                      has been severed — either through your
                                                                                                                                      own obtuseness in misplacing it or by
             tiful thing — except when                                                      Or, how about when you’re out fixing       the particularly savvy fingers of a thief.
             they are out of service,      outside the 7-11. (As for rotary dials,       fences and a particularly feisty heifer
             low on battery or, worst of   kids will really be dumbfounded by that       figured a way to outmaneuver you. In          Cell phone withdrawal
             all, just plain missing.      concept.)                                     the process of trying to herd her back       That was the case for me about a month
                 Technology has so            Remember when you sent your hired          in, three others got out. Oh, wouldn’t       ago. I “lost” my cell phone for about
             spoiled us. Children born     hand to the parts store only to realize five   a cell phone have been a handy unit to       three days. The inconvenience of not
today will not know what a phone           minutes after he left that you told him       call for additional manpower?                having instant communication was only
booth is, or at least the traditional      the wrong part, or you needed another            What would we do without them?            the beginning of the pain. I had num-
kind equipped with a phone book and        gizmo to get the job done? Running from          I hope you will never have to go          bers in there that I had nowhere else
a push-button phone attached to a pole     the field to the home phone, you called        through the sheer panic of realizing         — not on paper and not in my head. I
                                                                                                                                      used to memorize phone numbers and
                                                                                                                                      be able to recite them back in seconds.
                                                                                                                                      But now, with this handy cell phone, all
                                                                                                                                      I have to do is plug in the number and
                                                                                                                                      give it a name. I don’t have to know the
                                                                                                                                      number; I simply click on the name and
                                                                                                                                      the phone dials it for me. What luxury
                                                                                                                                      we live in these days!
                                                                                                                                          And, as the years of age begin to set
                                                                                                                                      in, using less memory cells for phone
                                                                                                                                      numbers is a bonus. That is, until your
                                                                                                                                      crutch is missing!
                                                                                                                                          I did what most people do in these
                                                                                                                                      situations: I called family members in
                                                                                                                                      for questioning (I do have a preteen
                                                                                                                                      daughter under my roof) and then or-
                                                                                                                                      dered a full-house search. Couch cush-
                                                                                                                                      ions were overturned; the garage was
                                                                                                                                      fully canvassed; bedrooms were inves-
                                                                                                                                      tigated; the office was searched; and
                                                                                                                                      every nook and cranny under the car
                                                                                                                                      seats were probed.
                                                                                                                                          When that effort turned up fruitless,
                                                                                                                                      there was hope that maybe someone
                                                                                                                                      had found it and would answer if I called
                                                                                                                                      my own number. If it was around the
                                                                                                                                      house, maybe I’d hear it ring. That too,
                                                                                                                                      failed to result in any procurement. It
                                                                                                                                      was then time to backtrack to every gas
                                                                                                                                      station, store or home that I’d visited in
                                                                                                                                      the day prior, but again, to no avail.
                                                                                                                                          All along, I’m thinking I’d misplaced
                                                                                                                                      it somewhere. But with three days gone
                                                                                                                                      by, I wondered if someone stole it. This
                                                                                                                                      brought on an uneasy feeling, one only
                                                                                                                                      topped by the time when I was in New
                                                                                                                                      Orleans, La., at a business seminar
                                                                                                                                      (before Katrina) when slick hands were
                                                                                                                                      able to unzip my purse, grab my wallet
                                                                                                                                      and rob me of my identity without my
                                                                                                                                      knowledge. I immediately called my
                                                                                                                                      credit card companies, but the thieves
                                                                                                                                      still managed to rack up several thou-
                                                                                                                                      sand dollars in purchases, of which were
                                                                                                                                      waived by the credit card company that
                                                                                                                                      failed to quickly act on my report.
                                                                                                                                          Had I waited too long to put a stop
                                                                                                                                      on my phone? Should I have shut my ac-
                                                                                                                                      count down?
                                                                                                                                          Was a phony Jennifer out there
                                                                                                                                      making long-distance calls to the land
                                                                                                                                      Down Under on my dime … or more like
                                                                                                                                      my dollars? Was having a cell phone too
                                                                                                                                      much responsibility and too much risk?
                                                                                                                                          About then, my youngest daughter,
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