I wish cell phones were never invented. I don’t understand the allure of gadgets and I consider the cell phone a gadget. I do not see how cell phones have contributed anything positive to our society. They diminish a person’s independence by allowing them a perception of immediate access to whomever they feel they need right at that moment. Instead of taking the time to think about the situation and coming up with solutions on their own the first response is, got to use my cell phone and get … on the phone. Cell phones also promote impatience, instead of waiting until you got home from school or work or driving, you just whip out that little phone and dial, not just dial mind you, speed dial and get whomever on the phone. Cell phones also give people the perception of self-importance, for example; calling you whenever the urge comes over them and when they can’t get you, they become angry with you i.e I called you on your cell why weren’t you picking up. This all access pass is not healthy for society. It erodes normal boundaries that need to be maintained for our collective mental health. Cell phones get in the way of normal social interaction, how many times in restaurants do people at the same table sit and talk, not to each other, but on cell phones? It is beyond the pale. Cell phones promote rudeness, how many times are we forced to listen to conversations in elevators, on the subway, on the street, because people don’t take the time to have a proper conversation in a appropriate venue. Cell phones also cost employers at the workplace. Prior to cell phones, being at work meant that, being at work. Personal calls were made on personal time, those days are long gone. There are few jobs nowadays where the employee is not talking on their cell phone during the workday, that just exacerbates the idea of self-importance, what you have to say is so important that you can’t wait until the end of the workday like we used to. Or that what you need to say can’t wait until you are out of the car and can safely say it. Maybe I am being way too judgmental but I can’t help but think that the cell phone brings out the lesser appealing traits of humanity. We don’t need this gadget just to make our lives a little more convenient, a little inconvenience can go a long way to making us a little more patient and aware.