Psst… Have you heard about the newest love affair? No, you won’t find anything about it in the latest copy of the supermarket tabloids. This love affair isn’t one that has people whispering behind backs. It hasn’t caused any marital breakups that I know of, and you're not likely to find folks wondering if morality went out the window with this one. In suspense? Okay. It seems that many of us have fallen head over heels in a relationship with our... cell phone!
How many times have you spotted someone gabbing on their phone as they maneuver their car through a busy intersection? When was the last time your conversation was interrupted by someone who just had to answer their phone? How often have you been in a meeting, at school, or even at church and heard the persistent and annoying ring of a cell phone? Truth be told, these things happen all too often. Perhaps you yourself could be accused of such behavior.
Yesterday, I saw a young woman walking down the street with her cell phone in her right hand. Not in her purse, mind you, but planted firmly in her palm. She was armed with an attitude of expectancy. Maybe she was anticipating a call from her impatient boyfriend, her nagging mother, or even the lottery commission. Who knows? Her cell phone held a place of honor in her hand, as she checked it for calls roughly every two seconds. At that particular moment, and maybe even 24/7, her cell phone was top priority! Unfortunately, she was missing out on what was going on around her -- the beauty of the sun peeking over the mountains in late afternoon, the smell of newly-mown grass, and the sounds of children happily playing nearby. All for the love of a little electronic device which she tightly clutched in her hand.
These days, I make a conscious effort to give life and the people around me priority over my cell phone. I frequently set the ringtone to “silent”, and though I usually carry it with me in my handbag, I make a point to ignore my cell phone as often as possible. You won’t see me looking at it longingly when we have been separated for hours, nor will you catch me stopping an important conversation with a friend just to answer a call. I probably won’t be the one on the phone while driving, unless an emergency arises, and then I'll most likely pull over at the first opportunity. As for the possibility of having a love affair with my cell phone, let’s just put it this way: I would rather spend my time enjoying the world around me than being enslaved to an inanimate gadget. Sorry, but no love affair here.