There was a time when I had to carry around a cell phone at the insistence of my then spouse. He bought it for me shortly after 9/11. We were touched by stories of people contacting their loved ones via cell phone shortly before their demise. My reserved opinion during our own troubled times was that if I was in a life-threatening situation, he would not be the first person I would want to call. I would not want him to call me. I would find a call like that disturbing and trauma-inducing due to the feeling of helplessness for the person on the receiving end. Why put that stress on someone if only to tell them how much you loved them? Can you not show that in your daily actions and resist to let parting words be angry ones?
I use a cell phone for work purposes but still cannot see the benefit of having one in my personal life. I am either puttering happily around home, on my way to work, volunteering, running errands or on my way back home. I will leave a note listing my whereabouts and any number where my loved ones can contact me. I make sure I have access to a phone, either a friend's or one of those endangered pay phone breeds.
Cell phone technology has evolved over the past 25 years - so much that now your smart phone can track you. That has caused concern for the paranoid types. It is disappointing that there are people who rudely insist on checking their phone in-between real-space conversations and thumb-typing onto the little keypad. Good gawd! We even have to create laws to stop people from using them while driving vehicles!
What have we become?
It is comforting in a way to hear that some youth are not fond of a heavy reliance on technology. They are beginning to question the widespread proliferation of technology and the role it can play in their lives. A group of performing artists came together in Vancouver to address the decline in face-to-face communication. They admit they already have to update the content of the performance so that it reflects current technology.
When you read the novel The Year of the Rabbit, you will be brought back to a simpler era (the early 1970's) when there were no smart phones, cell phones - not even computers. You can purchase the book through a Print on Demand service. Since one of the themes is the respect for trees and our natural world, I didn't think it right to print hundreds of copies. I am hoping that the word will spread about this bittersweet story and enough people will be interested in reading it. You can start by reading the PDF version of Chapter 1.
Ironically, I am fiddling with tools to publish the novel to a digital format, to have available on the Kindle, other eReaders and yes... even mobile devices. And yes, I will need to test it out at some time ;-)
Thanks for reading this far. Have a nice, distraction-less day :o)