Thursday, July 19, 2012

Face Time


     Okay today's blog is a reader's requested one on electronic pacifiers.  Let me just say that no one is being targeted and I'm not exactly guilt free on the subject either.
     The world has definetely changed with the convenience of a cell phone at our fingertips at most any time.  Although most people have a cell phone, they also complain about the rudeness associated with them.  Would you go out to a pay phone at a meal every time you wanted to check your messages?  I think not, just the very thought of that is rude.  Checking your phone is the very same thing as walking away from the table.  There is a difference in taking a needed call and making a call that could be postponed.
     I think the most common irritating phone conversation is ''Hey whatcha doing?  Nothing.  What are you doing?  Nothing.''  Good grief, get off the phone and do something productive.
     As the world goes more and more high-tech and digital, we tend to lose the personal face time with people.  Sure social media helps us stay connected but online is no comparison to real life time together.
     Cell phones can be as prized as a 2year old's binky by some people.  As in every thing, moderation is key.  It's good to be available on your phones for emergency but consider when it is appropriate to use or not.
     I found these 10 cell phone commandments online and I thought I'd pass them along to you.

  1. Thou shalt not dial while driving.
  2. Thou shalt not wear thy earpiece when thou art not on thy phone.
  3. Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone.
  4. Thou shalt not grow attached to thy cell phone.
  5. Thou shalt not slam thy cell phone down on a restuarant table just in case it rings.
  6. Thou shalt not make the cell phone more important than the company thou art keeping.
  7. Thou shalt not leave the cell phone ringing just to show off the “cool” ringtones or refrain from answering for that same reason.
  8. Thou shalt turn off thy cell phone phone at funerals, weddings, yoga class, and anywhere it would be unacceptable to bring a screaming child.
  9. Thou shalt not have a message intro lasting more than 15 seconds.
  10. Thou shalt never answer your phone while you’re in the bathroom.