It feels good to be free

We better get used to our new wireless world because it looks like it's here for good. People are now reachable at the touch of a button, which is a phenomenon in itself. Little things, such as forgetting your shopping list, or looking for a friend in a parking garage, can now be done instantaneously and without much hassle. Cell phones are a form of technology that our grandparents thought would only be used by aliens, and it is now sitting up close to most everyone's ears.

With creation of the cell phones, the world is has begun to head in a direction that has no foreseeable end. Some of us hate them, others of us rejoice in them. But there is one truth about these little boxes filled with microchips; they seem to be here for the long haul.

The fact of the matter is that cell phones are functional tools in the world of today. Humans are naturally social animals to begin with, so talking is something that comes naturally to us. And to many of us, it comes more natural than to others (MOM!).

Mobile cellular phones are so common amongst Americans that we have started to accommodate them into our daily lives, and even our personal environments. Take a gander at the picture right below for example. The symbol of our great nation, the Star Spangled Banner itself, is flying high in the sky. But is that a flagpole? No! It's actually a cell phone tower that has been cleverly disguised. And what’s even more amazing is that my younger sister actually took this picture with the camera from her cell phone!

my little sister took this

Technology can be scary at first, but most of the time that's just because it is new and different. However, the thing about cell phones is that they are a perfect illustration of the way technology can grow rapiadly over such a short period of time. Nothing, with the exception of maybe the Internet or television, has had such a profound impact on our culture in so few years.

In many ways cell phones do make our lives a little bit better. But that can't stop one from considering what will happen in the future. Because Big Brother does seem to be getting stronger, whether we like it or not. So my philosophy is simply this...find the cheapest carrier in your area and get a phone! Because I can't lie, I love my phone. There, I finally said it.

But before you do get a cell phone, you must always remember a few rules of etiquette when you are running your mouth carelessly in the open. Remember, cell phones are our friends, not are parents. They don't control us, or they shouldn't at least.

Three important cell phone guidelines:

Always keep the other person's privacy in mind. It is rather rude to be walking around a crowd of strangers and speak up about your mother's gallbladder operation that she just had. She probably wouldn't like that too much. Nor would the person walking next to you.

Try to keep your phone on silent when you are in a public place. And if you have to have it on the ringer, turn it down. The people in the next subway car don't care if you get a call.

And most importantly, never feel you have to answer that phone! Thats why there is an off button. A cell phone is one of your personal posessions, you pay the service and you bought the phone. So why should you feel the need to always be available, when in reality, you're really not?

And here are some cell phone facts that you are probably unaware of:

About 20 percent of teenagers have cell phones, many of whom are girls.

About ¼ of all Americans have cell phones, but nearly 2/3 of all Europians do. There was also digital phone technology in europe about 10 years before there was in the United States.

In 1994, 16 million Americans were subscribers to a major cell phone service. Today, more than 110 million Americans currently subscribe. 1.2 billion people are estimated to be subscribers by 2010.

There are such things are disposable cell phones. They are available online and only cost about $12.95. Here's a picture.



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