COMMENTARY — It was 40 years ago last Wednesday when the first call was made on a cell phone. Where has the time gone? There was no way for the inventors of the wireless phone to know just what all they had tapped into when they made their invention.
But in less than 40 years, the cell phone became a device that we cannot live without.
Go ahead, mock me for saying that. Then go a whole week without using your phone. I guarantee that you will be agreeing with me by day three.
We have become so dependent on these little devices that we will drive to the ends of the earth to get our phones. If you leave your phone at home and head off to work, it’s a monumental decision to choose wether to turn around and be “that person” who can’t live without their phones, or just be miserable and worried all day without it. Of course, I’m not going to even act like I haven’t turned my car around many times to get my phone.
You see, our phones are so much more than phones now. It is our connection to the entire world. We use our phones to call people, text people and now we even handle all of our email accounts on these hand-held devices.
That is one of the reasons that we are never truly disconnected from work or play, because we are constantly checking emails and Facebook throughout the day to make sure we aren’t missing any pertinent information.
Have we fallen so far as a society that we don’t even require face-to-face meetings anymore? I believe that may be the case.
When I first began working for the newspaper, we had a lot of foot traffic in our doors. People brought articles, pictures, documents and stories to our office for us to type up or scan in, but now, we can email them right from our phones, so why would we ever set foot in the office of the newspaper?