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  • Diane Mack: The lure of the cell phone

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  • My grandfather did not purchase a home phone until 1970. I recall his first phone as a corded giant, weighing 10 pounds.
    Prior to purchasing the phone, Grandpa said phones were “a bother,” “didn’t need one,” “took up too much time,” and cost too much electricity.
    When I think about dinner time at Grandpa's, we talked. No phone ever rang at his house. Let’s talk quality family time.
    In the late '80s, our family got our first car phone in a truck. It was a giant handset tethered to a large box on the dash which held the battery, I think.
    It, too, was a monster.
    Look where we are today, in 2014. From 4-inch flip phones to 8-inch smart phones, we can’t go anywhere without them.
    No matter if we are in the laundry room, at a picnic in the park or on the beach, we have our phones. If we are dining at the neighborhood fast food or a 5 star restaurant, we wouldn’t dare eat, in peace, or without the ding of our cell phone.
    Do phones control our lives?
    Christy Birmingham, a freelance writer and blogger, wrote the following: 10 Signs You Should Take A Break From Your Cell Phone!
    1. You take your smartphone to the bathroom.
    2. You have indents on your fingertips from all of the tapping of your Blackberry keys.
    3. Your boyfriend/girlfriend is starting to resemble an iPhone.
    4. You spend your tax refund on HTC accessories that aren't even on sale.
    5. All of your cell birthday gifts are cell phone covers. Two years in a row!
    6. You told yourself you would put down your cell for 10 minutes and you lasted 10 seconds.
    7. You named your smartphone Fred.
    8. When asked what three things you would take to a desert island with you, you said "cell phone" three times.
    9. You base all of your major decisions on the answer to this question: "What would my phone do in this situation?"
    10. If you had to choose between your cell phone and your dog, you'd need a few minutes to decide.
    Is this not the truth or what?
    Every summer when the kids were young, we would travel by car to visit family.
    Of course, there would be a few fights. But most of the time the kids would talk, play games, read, or snack. The kids often remark about the summer car trips being sweet memories.
    We don’t talk anymore, do we? When I call my kids, they don’t answer. However, they always have the time to text.
    Page 2 of 2 - Doesn’t texting take longer? Leaving a quick message is simpler to me.
    Besides that, my fingers are too big for the keys and I need to find my bifocals every time I have to text.
    I thought it was time to teach the married kids a lesson.
    Therefore, for one solid week, I did not text, tweet, Facebook message, or email anyone of them. And guess what?
    They called me.
    Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com  or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org .

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