“Side Effects” of Cell Phones’ World Dominance

6 thoughts on ““Side Effects” of Cell Phones’ World Dominance”

  1. Great post Ruthie! I can totally relate to your situation on the dependency of cell phones. Our generation definitely relies on them for almost anything, especially smart-phones. Sometimes when I have no clue where my cell phone is, I feel like I don’t exist. I feel I have no other means of communication besides my cell phone. Just the other day when my brother and I were driving back to Bonaventure, he dropped his phone under the passenger seat of our car and couldn’t grab it. Two to three minutes go by and my brother asks me to pull over on the side of the highway so he could get his phone. He said someone might have texted or called him. It’s hard to imagine life before cell phones!

    1. Yes! Totally understand. And I’m sure my life will revolve around my smartphone, too, as soon as I get it for Christmas! 🙂 Thanks for saving me in this situation – thank God I had Facebook chat when I got home without my cell phone, haha!

  2. You bring up some good points here. I’d argue that this applies to search engines as well as cell phones. Think about all the trivial information you no longer know by heart (because you know the answer is a quick “Google” away). I’d say the same is true with spelling: have your spelling skills decreased because of Microsoft Word’s little red underline functionality that comes up when you spell something wrong? I know mine have…

    1. Very good points. I especially love the Google one because I personally use it about 20 times a day, at least. I agree with the MS Word spell checker thing, too, although I don’t rely on that as much as Google. Many times when I’m not sure how to spell a word, I type a “resemblance” and then hope the correct version will come up as one of my choices!

  3. Probably once every other month I end up leaving my cell phone at home as I run off to work. The first thing I do is e-mail my fiance letting him know that “in case of an emergency” I don’t have my cell phone on me. Because my cell phone isn’t around I’ll feel slightly more stressed. I know, it sounds weird but having the cell phone offers that sense of security. (What did we ever do without them?) As to your first point about memorizing phone numbers, I’ve been thinking about that for years now, but guess what – I don’t do it. I’ve even heard of studies that have tested cell phone use on memory. If you think about it, when we were kids, it was really important for us to memorize emergency numbers. I even wonder if kids today know what 911 is.

    1. I know – I don’t do it either when I should. I might try writing a few numbers down and sticking them places, like my wallet, my car, etc. Maybe that will help me remember them or if I don’t hopefully I would have access to one of the number lists somewhere. And I know! I read or heard something the other day that someone was starting a thing where you could text 911. Seems weird to me, but maybe it will help the younger kids remember it if they can text it?

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