I was reflecting today about how much of our time can be spent tethered to our cell phones and I'm a little unhappy with how much I've become addicted to using my phone. I'm worried about missing calls from work so I keep it on me all the time, but I never used to be that way. There was a time when we didn't have these things and we didn't worry about missing calls. We would let answering machines get it and return calls later. I can only remember a few times when I was worried I'd miss a call, honestly.
Have we really become so used to instant gratification that we can't wait anymore? I'm going to cut back on my cell phone usage and start treating it like a regular phone again. I don't like how dependent I've become, nor do I like prioritizing myself around a gadget. I know that all this started because I used to substitute teach and missing a phone call meant missing work. However, I'm not doing that anymore, and I don't think I like the habit that was formed as a result of that. We'll see how this goes!
Come to think of it "cell phone" does sound like something from a prison. I think in this instance, that is a bit ironic.