Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cell Phones, iPhones and Texting

I went to a birthday party over the weekend and as with most birthdays, there was a flurry of activity.  Children running about, jumping inside giant bouncy houses and of course playing the ever so popular game of "catch me if you can!!"  Amongst the happy voices and screams of sheer delight I noticed a group of women sitting around one of the tables.  Normally such a thing would not catch my eye, but these women weren't chatting or even watching the children play...they were texting.  Eyes fixated on tiny screens and fingers furiously typing away...and the looks on their faces?  I call it the text glaze. 

What is so captivating about these little devices?  Why do they have such a hold on our society today...am I the only one who finds this strange? When did a chunk of plastic with wires become more important than relating to others?

Then you have the phone calls...an ever present conversation that starts in the car and continues as one rolls about doing errands with no thought given to others sharing the same space.  The clerk behind the counter or waiter in the cafe becomes an object and of course why would we communicate with an object?  Is the conversation really that important that the phone call can't wait until you're in a private space? {sigh}
When we fill our days with emails, chats, calls and texts, we miss out on those times of true connection.  Holding someone's hand, listening to a friend share her story as you look into her eyes and just being present relates to the soul in a way that no electrical gadget can. 
This journey of simplicity has opened my eyes in oh so many ways.  Clearing out the mindless minutia makes way to enjoy the abundance of grace in each moment. Little by little steps have been taken to reduce, simplify and streamline and one of the things I decided to pare down was my mobile phone.  Gone are the days of unlimited minutes, texts and web access. I have a home phone and one of those little "disposable" mobiles used only for emergencies and much to my surprise it's been a freeing experience!  If someone wants to reach me, they can call the house.  If I'm not there, they can simply leave a message. 
When did we become an all access society?  I remember the days when there weren't answering machines and we managed to make it through the day just fine.  Taking a break allows peace to move in and thankfulness to thrive.  We begin to see ourselves and others more clearly.  So as this Thanksgiving holiday approaches, try releasing some of those complexities that take you away from appreciating the moment.  You may be surprised at the peace you find (:

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  1. you're right. this is one of the reasons i didn't have internet installed on my phone! :p

  2. Here here! I totally agree with you. I have resisted the lure of facebook and twitter and blogging is really the only techno thing I do.

    Great post!

    Best wishes,

  3. I agree, but I will say I do love to blog! Lezlee

  4. AMEN...and AMEN !!
    We invited friends of ours over to our home for cards last week.
    We have played cards often with this couple before. They accepted the inviation...and we got busy and cleaned the house and prepared some snacks and anticipated a night of cards, laughter and conversation.
    BUT.....the husband had put an ad in the paper about one of their apartments being for rent.... (out of many they own )...and he proceeded to take NO LESS THAN 9 phone calls while we were trying to play cards...regarding that situation.
    I was so annoyed I wanted to take the phone and throw it in the kitchen sink under running water !!
    I fianlly asked him if he would mind turning off the phone for a while....( as it was ringing for the 10th or 11th time )....and his wife immmediately said..." it's BUSINESS Rose...he HAS TO take those calls ".....I said..." if he wants to
    " play BUSINESSMAN "... he should have not come to PLAY cards if it was THAT important that he take those calls RIGHT THEN.
    I was really upset....as I felt it was extremely rude.

    SO I agree with you 100% ...we did PERFECTLY fine with no cell phones growing up...and we CERTAINLY should not use them when we are visting with friends or involved in a social situation.
    What is SO important about "visiting" on the phone...when you have people in person you can visit with.
    If you saw Sarah Palins Special last night...you heard her young daughter telling how her mother is on her Blackberry so much of the time too.
    BUT... that even HER mother does leave it behind, when they go out and set aside time to "play" in the wilds of Alaska.
    So there IS A BALANCE that should and CAN be met.

    WOW...you sure pulled my chain.
    Felt good to get that off my chest.


  5. I know! It can be so addicting! I have started leaving my blackberry in my purse of the car so I don't check it constantly!! SUCH an awful habit!
    You are so right!
    Have a pretty day!

  6. I am so with you with everything you said in this post. I don't do the texts or check the blackberry when I am with people, but I have been guilty of talking on my phone when I am checking out at the grocery store... until I realized how rude I was being. I don't do that anymore. Thanks for the post. Also, thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it.

  7. amen sister!
    i too agree with you and the fellow blogger comments. i have relentlessly implored my kids to use manners when using their phones. i detest listening to private convos while shopping, especially when they are two aisles away! i have learned to monitor my own usage, making sure that i'm not being rude or insensitive to to others around me. and so far i have avoided the cell phone with internet...although there may come a time when that's all that will be sold. ugh.
    thanks for the great post.

  8. I totally agree with you! I have a mobile phone but it stays in my bag or car and is only used when necessary. I hate seeing people talk on their phones. If it's a short call to say you'll be late for dinner, or can you pick up some milk then that's ok but when people spend hours chatting or texting friends when they are in the company of others I think that's just rude and they are missing out on so much. It's like they were wishing they were somewhere else or with someone else.

  9. I had a boyfriend long ago who used to chat on the land line when we had company! I imagine he has been able to reach the pinnacle of obnoxiousness in the age of cell phones.
    Ditto to the rest of the comments.

  10. I couldn't agree more or have said it better. You are a very good writer. Thank you for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  11. I agree with this I remember there weren't that much computers and children would play outside often. now you won;t even see kids playing outside because they are fixated at their phones and computer games. blackberry unlock code

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