I’m not sure I’ve ever publicly declared my hatred for cell phones, now seems like as good a time as any.Don’t you hate those people in your class who can’t quite find the off or silence button? I do. What about those people who answer the phone at restaurants or movies or (fill in the blank)? And now they have text messaging, Internet access and photo capabilities. Perhaps teleporting will be next. That might actually be nice. Instead of talking on the phone all the time, cell phone users could all meet in one designated cell phone portal.

I will admit I was the ashamed owner of a cell phone this past summer. Let me explain: I lived with my brother and sister-in-law who don’t have a landline. It was $70 to have one added for me, and for two months it just didn’t seem worth it. So I caved and bought one of those pre-paid things.

People always told me “Once you have one you won’t be able to live without it.” Trust me, I’m doing just fine right now. I always know where my phone is, on the hook or up to my ear, and I don’t have to carry around a purse to hold it.

But beyond being a nuisance to carry around and hear, I also feel like they are adding to the decline of manners in society. Now it has become perfectly okay to make plans to meet someone and then call them at the last minute, likely when the other person has already left their house, to say “whoops, can’t make it.”

Also, they’re used for excuses. If you need to have a “rescue call” for a date, perhaps you shouldn’t have accepted the invitation anyway.

Use the “they’re safe for driving” excuse all you want, but pay phones work just as well.

I’m just asking students to hang up the phone and start enjoying college life.

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