We spend much time complaining about our society falling apart because of technology. Just yesterday, a friend said to me, “When you stop at a red light in town, at least 5 out of six people have phones to their ears. Notice and count for yourself. You’ll see what I’m talking about.”
I can’t say she’s wrong. We do more communicating via our phones than we do face-to-face. And we have become addicted to our smart phones, but they can’t force us to spend too much time on them or text when driving. No, that’s human error. My phone’s calendar reminds me of appointments. I keep my grocery list on another app. When I wrote it on actual paper with those outdated pencils and kept it on the refrigerator, I too often left it right there when I traipsed off to the grocery store. I always have that magical phone with me though, right there in my purse, reminding me that we need buttermilk.
One feature that I especially appreciate is the navigation function. For people like me, it is invaluable. I have no sense of direction and could get lost in Baxley, Georgia, where I’ve lived for the last 37 years. Imagine the situation when I have to leave familiar territory. Earlier this summer, I was driving home from Atlanta. Obviously I am quite familiar with the route, but we had the grandchildren with us. We were barreling along I-16 with the music blasting. The children sat in the back seat with their Game boys and my Nook reader, playing games and chattering. I don’t know what distracted me, but I missed my exit and didn’t realize it until I’d driven 15 miles out of my way. Larry turned on the handy navigator, which told us in a feminine voice an alternate exit and directions from it to our front door. Without it, I’d probably still be on the interstate. As it was, it only took us an extra 30 minutes to get home.
This smart little phone gives the weather report anytime I feel like looking at it and even emails me various weather alerts. High pollen count today! Fifty per cent chance of rain. Take your umbrella.
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