Thursday, January 10, 2008

A day without my cell phone....

A couple of weeks ago, Rohit forgot his cell phone at home by mistake, and asked me to keep it with me so he could get important numbers if required. It was only then I realized how cell phones have become a necessity in our lives, compared to the rare luxury they used to be. Given that I take my cell phone with me even to the loo, I wondered how my life would be if I had to spend one whole day without it!

First of all, I would not be able to wake up on time: it’s the incessant ringing of my cell phone alarm, which jolts me out of my slumber every morning. And even though I keep putting it on snooze mode for an hour, without it getting up would be unthinkable.

If it’s not the alarm, what usually wakes me up is a call, from a friend, a colleague or family member. Most mornings, I wake up and call some friends, who are on their way to office, as that’s the only time of the day that they are free to talk. Without my cell, I wont be able to get my hands on the day’s gossip!

Once I am up, every other day there is something or the other that needs to be taken care of: pending errands, ordering water or gas, etc. How on earth will I manage to get all this done if I do not have my cell?

Off to office, but unable to take calls from clients or colleagues or bosses. Lunch in the mess is not good? Cannot order a pizza. Shopping after work for groceries? Cannot call the other flat mates to know what is to be bought. Any emergencies, good news, important decisions… I am unreachable. What misfortune!! My mom would have a panic attack if she were unable to reach me within 5 minutes of trying!

It is not that people around me do not have a phone that I can use. I also have a landline at home. It’s not just the mobility that I enjoy out of my phone… it is the address book that stores all the numbers which is of the greatest importance to me. Think about it. Before we had cell phones, we mostly remembered everyone’s landline numbers. Soon after we got cells, we stopped remembering details… hey one could always store phone numbers, birthday, email addresses and much more on the cell phone! So much so that I don’t even know my brother’s cell number, without my contacts list! Such dependency, not a great idea.

I shuddered when I realized: we have become such slaves to technology. Life comes to standstill without our cell phones. I still remember those days, when cell phones were huge, bulky things, costing a fortune, and very few enviable people could afford to buy them, and maintain them at the astronomical call rates. And then, the telecom boom happened, and now, every 5th person in India sports a cell phone! Which is good, most technological advances are good for business, people etc. But then the question is how much is good? Too much of anything is bad, right?

It’s the same old debate all over again… advances in technology, a bane or a boon? People cannot write letters anymore… when you can always send an email or SMS. Everyone is already talking about the death of English language with the advent of SMS lingo, which has started to reflect even in our exam papers! No need to remember numbers or special dates, a phone or computer or website will do it for you for free. People getting blisters, playing too much snake or typing too many SMS’s. Parents worrying about not having control over what their children are doing with cell phones…

Sure, cell phones are not that bad, in fact they are a very useful gadget! They can double up as a device to play music, games, and camera… and are of course, a great way to keep in touch with and ensure the well being of one’s family and friends. But even though having a cell phone makes life much simpler, it also makes it more impersonal, don’t you think? Being a self-confessed cell addict who cant live without it, I still end up thinking sometimes… ‘The times of simple MTNL landlines, those were the good ol’ days!’

5 comments:

Ashen Glow said...

Dear 2251225... :)

One question: Adi? You actually take your cell with you to the LOO? Im sure you wouldnt receive an incoming call in that state.. What would you say.."Uhm actually Im kinda caught up in some crappy business right now. Can i call you back in some time?"

Jokes apart, I'm sure whatever happens, cell phones cannot be a substitute to the time spent with friends and family. NEVER. No amount of phone calls or messaging can be equal to one's presence in such a situation... Nai?

Yours Truly,
2254871

Sugar&Spice said...

LOL... nice name 2254871 :))

well, for starters, i REALLY take the cell with me EVERYWHERE, and depending upon the situation, i receive calls :P

I completely agree with u.... no technology can ever make up fr the time one spends in person with loved ones... technology should be an assistant, not the master.

take us for example... we left school some 7 yrs ago, but we r still in touch. but its not just electronic touch, its real time personal touch. it takes effort, but hey, its worth it :)

Ashen Glow said...

FUNCTION REITERATE: 'REAL TIME' PERSONAL TOUCH...
Boy!.. now normal words sound like tech jargons... Heh!

Yashika Totlani said...

More than making like impersonal... i think its about making life a lot more complicated. Sure being reachable 24x7 is good... but isnt that taking a beating on our personal space?? I'll cite an example... take me, for instance. There have been times when iv got so overwhelmed with the incessant chain of calls n msgs n calls n msgs... that i switched off my cell phone and turned it on only the next day. Cherry on the cake is the internet... with the advent of chat clients n messengers, life has never been more complicated. Ways to stay 'connected' are plenty... patience levels minimal.

NO... im no agony aunt who detests technology. I still believe that the internet n cell phones are the greatest inventions of mankind(after booze, ofcourse!) and their pros heavily outweigh their cons. Its just that these facilities have led to really complicated n complex lifestyles. Then again, in a world where "multitasking" is the order of the day... i guess the cell revolution is just in sync with the changing times...

Anyway... nice thread to talk abt. Keep blogging... n "staying in touch" tringggg.... :D

Sugar&Spice said...

@yashika...
well wat can i say... i completely agree with u girl..