The other day my friend broke her phone, and when I say broke, I mean really broken. The only thing it’ll do now is show the little white apple on a black screen for a few seconds, and then turn off again. We’ve tried pretty much everything to fix it . All the self-help sites and calls to apple haven’t led to any solutions, the phone still won’t turn on. So, she decided to have her mom send her an old one that was sitting around the house, however, until that gets here, she’s pretty much screwed.
Trying to help my friend has really made me think about society today; and how without a cell phone, or a way to contact people away from your computer, you’ll be left behind. Pretty much the only way people our age contact each other is through texting, and without a mode to do this, you miss out on any plans made and other social interactions. Another thing phones have is calendars and email, and without access to these, if you have an important meeting or email that comes in, you likely won’t notice and miss important information.
Phones also contain all a persons social media accounts. I would say, that today, most people find out news from some sort of app or social media, and without this access you’re completely out of the loop. Yes, you could go online on a computer and check these sites or apps via internet. However, does anyone actually remember their passwords for things anymore? I know that personally, I always just do the automatic login and hope that I never accidentally log out.
Overall, what I’m trying to say is that: often times, cell phones keep us on a leash, and without them, people are crippled. I know a lot of people who had to make the switch to smart phones because its actually cheaper to have one now. Beepers have gone by the wayside, snail mail is pretty much irrelevant and even desktop computers aren’ t really a thing anymore. Technology in our world is advancing and keeping up with that change is necessary to participate in society. Everyone knows that a broken phone is super inconvenient, and in 50 years, dependence on technology could be so great, that a broken phone is actually worse than losing a limb.