What Does Your Cell Phone Really Cost You?
Cell phone usage has exploded. In fact, if evolution has anything to do with it, a cell phone may be another appendage of your body one day. The question is whether your cell phone is adding or subtracting from your quality of life. That totally depends on how you use it.
What Can Be More Important Than Your Cell Phone?
Your cell phone can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Are you:
On a date? Who’s more important?
Walking on the beach? Are you working or on vacation?
Eating dinner? Does that count as family time?
Pushing the stroller? Are you bonding with your baby?
Watching your kids play ball? Will you remember this moment forever?
Attending a business meeting? Did you get the message?
Crossing the street? Do you see what’s coming your way?
Watching a movie? Why is everyone staring at you?
Driving the car? What’s more important, the text or your life?
This Is a Wake-Up Call
I’m sure you can think of 50 more scenarios in which cell phone use is inappropriate. The question is whether you’re motivated to do anything about it. Before you reach for your phone next time, ask yourself: What’s the tradeoff? Will the call make me more productive or rob me of precious time? Will it enhance special moments or divert my attention? Will I be physically present but emotionally absent? Will I be teaching my kids proper etiquette or would I scold them if they pulled the same stunt?
Pause for a moment…think about your cell phone habits. The phone is a tremendous tool if you use it properly. But that’s a big if. What does your cell phone really cost you? The truth is, it may be costing you more than you think. Is it worth it? Your call.
Are You Willing to Change Your Cell Phone Habits?
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ALAN SWARTZ says
I have been saying this for years to my children. The electronic tether is damaging to people’s health.
Frank Sonnenberg says
Although there has been widespread reports about cellphone safety I’m not sure there has been conclusive findings to date.
In addition, I wonder whether cell phone usage is adding or subtracting from our quality of life. Maybe there’s a reason that several tech executives including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free.
You be the judge.
Thanks for taking the time to write.