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A day like no other

For just one day, I would like to see and hear no cell phones.

Now, I have nothing against cell phones. I have one that I use a few times a day. Many families only have cell phones instead of traditional house phones.

Many people use cell phones as part of their jobs. They do come in handy when we are stranded or need to get a message to someone right away.

BUT, aren’t you tired of seeing everyone on them? Driving down the street, people are talking — and texting — while driving.

Look up and down a street. Kids are outdoors, maybe playing basketball, when the game stops because one of them has to answer a text. When you see young people, particularly teens gathered, they aren’t conversing with each other. They’re texting.

A group of people is gathered for a meeting. A phone rings. Everyone pats their pockets or reaches for their bags or purses in case it was theirs.

We have become an instantaneous society — demanding immediate response. We want our computers to be faster, our Internet service to be speedier, and our phones to do everything but wash the dishes.

Spoiled. That’s what we are.

For just one day, I would like to see and hear no cell phones in cars, offices, school, and at dinner tables. No, teens will not become social piranhas. Parents can cope one day without talking to Junior every other minute.

And who knows, maybe the dying art of conversation between people will be revived.

Now, how about a day without e-mails? Better save that one for another time.

— susan berg

Last modified May 20, 2009