My daughter has asked for a cell phone for Christmas. I guess that is not an odd request these days. I have seen the benefits of her borrowing mine when she goes on outings with her friends. When my son had a car accident he was able to call the police and me within minutes.
The problem with cell phones is that people use them to talk at the most inopportune times. I have been in meetings and the person I am talking to on an important matter will turn their attention to the phone instead of talking to you. This also happens at dinner with friends or worst when standing in line at communion during Mass on Sunday.
Should I even talk about people talking on the phone while driving? According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the risk of having a traffic accident while using a cellular phone is the same as that while driving drunk.
Cell phones have been around a long time . The first commercial cellular network was launched in Japan in 1979 and fully automatic cellular networks were first introduced in the early to mid 1980s. I think the first cell phone I ever talked on was in 1988 and it was connected to a large box that took up most of the passenger side of the car. Until the early 1990s, most mobile phones were too large to be carried in a jacket pocket, so they were typically installed in vehicles as car phones. With the miniaturization of digital components, mobile phones have become increasingly handy over the years.
People have fallen in love with their cell phone.
Take the case of Arso Banjeglav, 67, of Montenegrin. He was so pre-occupied with sending text message to his friends on his mobile phone that he told his son 38-year-old son Brano of his wish to be buried with it. Arso would spend hours every day chatting to pals and fell lost with out it.
He son carried out his wishes when he died last week and a beautiful service was held in the central Montenegrin town of Cetinje.
However, after his funeral, his family discovered that his grandson, who was playing with the device, had taken out the SIM card.
“We put the phone in the coffin as he wanted, but my 10-year-old son had been playing with it and had taken the card out without my knowledge,” Brano said.
Brano is now looking at the expense of having to dig his father up again just to put the SIMS card back in the phone.