MP3 player? GPS navigator? Camera? E-mail updater? Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Addiction???
I will be the first to admit that I am obsessed with my cell phone. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing fancy; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s simply essential. I will make the generalization that for college students, our cell phones arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a luxury- theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re necessary. Cell phones are our connection to friends, boy/girlfriends, and far-away family; theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re also the only permanent phone number we can give to employers and doctors, because students just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have landlines. For many of us itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the only easy and reliable way to find us, because our schedules keep us in class/work/meetings and away from computers for much of the day (very few of us can afford smart phones- yet).
But I remember a time not too long ago when I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a cell. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been 3.5 years to be exact, and life wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t too bad. I was in high school. Up until that time, all of my friends had phones and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the money to pay the monthly bills. So I did without, and life was just fine. Not now, though. And with all of the talk about CrackBerrys and especially the new iPhone, I get the feeling that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not alone.
So whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your phone to you? Could you ever give it up? And if so, could you really replace it fully?