Top 10 Reasons to Give up Your Cell Phone
10 Reasons To Give Up Your Cell Phone
Good Reasons for Having a Cell Phone
Cell phones have become a way of life all over the world. We use them to stay in touch with friends and family. We can talk, text, e-mail, send pictures or short videos to everyone and anyone from any place. We can keep track of where our kids are, call them to update them on family plans or to tell them to get their butts home, NOW! We can use them in case of emergency, for example when our cars break down.
The convenience is just too good to give up, or its it? Have you ever thought about all the reasons you should give up your cell phone? I heard that collective gasp of horror, the derisive laughter, the "duh, why would I ever do that?" Here are my top 10 reasons to give your cell phone up. Some are humorous, others are deadly serious.
The Looks You Will Get!
#10 The Looks You Get
It is fun to see the look of shock and disbelief on people's faces when you tell them that you do not own a cell phone. The looks of incredulousness that tell you they think you are a few doughnuts short of a dozen. The smirk that lets you know they realize you are slightly challenged mentally.
Then there are the verbal responses. The ones who will utter that single dubious chuckle because they know you must be joking, while they are wondering in the back of their minds, "what if she is telling the truth?" Verbal responses range from this one small chuckle to a full throated yell asking, "HOW DO YOU SURVIVE???"
One thing I learned when I worked as a substance abuse counselor is that the addicted want everyone to be addicted. It makes what they do normal. They will try to get you started again, no matter the cost. "How can you do that to your kids?", they will ask. When the guilt technique doesn't work they try for hysteria. "What if you break down or have an accident?" I'll tell you, I've heard them all!
Mom Calls and the Smiles Go
#9 The Kids don't Answer for You Anyway
I bet most parents know this scenario. You child has been begging you for their own cell phone. "All my friends have them, I'm the only one who doesn't." "You don't trust me, you never trust me!" "You can reach me anytime you like!" Of all the pleas, it is the third one listed that wins most parents over.
You buy your child a cell phone and suddenly you communicate. You call to say you're running to the store. They call to say they are going to the park. You promptly communicate and update each other. What heaven, no more wondering where my little angel is, I'll just ring and find out.
A week or two go by (I hear some even get a month), and you ring the little angel. No answer. Thinking you hit the wrong speed dial number you try again. Still no answer. Immediately your mind goes into overdrive. What could have happened, why aren't they answering, are they dead??!! "Calm down," you tell yourself, "Maybe the battery is dead. That must be it the battery is dead."
The answer you get when they arrive home ranges from, "I never heard it ring" to "the battery must be dead". Sooner or later you realize, they are just not picking up on your calls. Your days of instantaneous communication are over.
What are Your Kids Really Doing With Their Cell Phones
#8 Do You Really Want to be Accessible at All Times?
If you have a cell phone I'll bet you have heard this, "Why didn't you pick up?" I don't understand why people think that you should pick up every time your cell rings. Have you ever had a friend get mad at you because you didn't answer? A boss who thought he should be the most important person in your life?
You cannot tell these people you were out. They still get insulted because if you have a cell phone, you should be able to be reached where ever and when ever. The excuses on why you didn't answer become extremely limited.
I worked for a company that wanted me to be accessible at all times. They wanted me to get a cell phone. They didn't want to pay me to be accessible, nor did they want to supply the cell phone. Why would I want to talk to them on my free time?
#7 You Will Remember Important Phone Numbers Again
I call many people at work to do a prescreening. One question I ask is for the name and number of an emergency contact. I would say about 95% of the people questioned do not know their significant other's number off-hand. They apologize for not knowing the number, never realizing that this has become commonplace. I didn't even know my home number when I had a cell phone.
What Happens When You Lose Your Cellphone
#6 No More Interruptions
Don't you hate when you are in a restaurant or at the movies and someone starts talking loudly on their cell phone? What right do they have to disturb everyone for the sake of their call? Why can't people be more considerate and take it outside?
How about this scenario. You're having a conversation with you friend, pouring your heart out. Suddenly, you hear dogs barking. Huh, where are the dogs, you think.
"I'm sorry, I have to take this", says your friend. "I'll just be a minute." You overhear your friend talking to someone about plans for next week. The minute is over, but you have lost your urge to confide, feeling stupid that you ever thought they might really care.
This is one everyone has experienced. You are at the store and need some help finding an item. You finally find a salesperson, only to see them on their cell phone. You ask for help. The salesperson holds up one finger in the universal "wait a minute" language. They finally hang up. You start to ask your question only to have their phone ring again. They put up their finger again. You put up a different finger and walk out.
Oh, Just Forget I Said Anything!
#5 Decreases the Odds of Crashing
I remember the days when everyone was up in arms about people talking on their cell phones while driving. It is illegal to talk on your hand held cell phone in 15 states and the District of Columbia. I am sure everyone has seen the driver with the cell phone who forgets to see the light change or who happens to drift into your lane. I was once hit this way.
In an article in US News and World Report from 2009 stated that an estimated 20% of people were texting while driving. This article also stated that two-thirds of people age 18 to 24 were texting and driving. Although it is difficult to tell exactly how many people crash while texting there were enough horror stories that show this was a true concern.
Fast forward to 2017. You would think we had learned, texting and driving do not mix. But, according to a Huffpost article, 49% of adults now admit to texting and driving. (Notice, that is only how many "admit".) The National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are due to driving and cell phone usage. Out of these 341,000 are known to be caused by texting and driving (2013 statistic). In fact, 1 out of 4 car accidents are caused by texting and driving.
A different article on egdarsnyder.com states 11 teens die every day because of texting and driving. 40% of teenagers admit to being in a car when the driver was texting and driving. Teens are 4 times more likely than adults to have an accident or near-miss because of cell phone usage.
Information from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) show that forty-seven states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands have all outlawed texting and driving. Arizona and Montana do not currently have laws against texting and driving. In Missouri, only drivers 21 years of age and younger are banned.
Texting and Driving
#4 Cell Phones are Environmental Hazards
Many people may not realize that cell phones are considered hazardous waste. This means that cell phones pose a threat to human health or the environment when improperly disposed. Some of the toxic materials found in cell phones are mercury, lead, nickle, beryllium, cadmium and plastics. Please recycle your cell phone instead of throwing it in the garbage.
There are several organizations that will help you recycle your cell phone. Earth911 helps you to find a place to recycle in your area. Businesses like ecoATM allow you to turn in your old cell phone for cash. Donate your phone to an organization like Cell Phones for Soldiers. They will take any and all makes, models and conditions of cell phones. Plus, you can write it off on your taxes.
Have you heard that bees are disappearing? Well it seems that cell phone use has been linked to the disappearing bees. Studies are showing that cell phones are interfering with the bees' navigational systems. Bees are vital to human existence.
An article in Time reports that the radiation from your cell phone contributes to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD occurs when the majority of the worker bees disappear and leave the queen and lots of food behind.
Bees are responsible for pollinating the majority of crops grown world-wide. Without bees to pollinate, we would experience world-wide famine. You can see that bees are necessary to our world.
Where Are the Bees
#3 Save Money
In today's economy something has to give. For my family it was the cell phones. We were paying about $180.00 a month for our lines. I understand that this is a small price to pay for the convenience of having a phone with you at any time. I just happen to hate being convenient.
#2 New Study Shows Cell Phones Make Sperm Stupid
A study performed by the Cleveland Clinic suggests that males who keep their cell phones in their pockets while talking on a wireless device are destroying their sperm. The electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones seem to decrease the sperms' motility and viability. It was also found to make changes to the sperm's DNA. A sister study found that men who used their cell phones for more than 4 hours daily had significantly lowered sperm counts.
Another study was done that reviewed 27 studies regarding cell phones and sperm. Negative consequences were reported in 21 of the studies reviewed. The scientists say that more information is needed to verify the results of the studies. Follow up studies are being conducted.
Their Fathers May Have Kept A Cell Phone In Their Pockets
#1 Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors
A study published March 28, 2008 states that the link between cell phone usage and brain tumors should no longer be considered a myth. This study entitled "Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours – A Public Health Concern" by Vini Gautam Khurana PhD, FRACS states that heavy cell phone usage increases the risk of brain tumors 2-4 fold.
The study also states that Bluetooth ear-pieces, wireless home phones and walkie talkies are all unsafe. The only safe option is a land line corded phone. It gives very strong recommendations that children should only use cell phones in case of emergency.
The study states, "It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking, and directly concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation, including very young children." (pg 4) Why then are we banning smoking and not even warning people of cell phones?
Here are the recommendations quoted straight from the paper:
"For members of the General Public:
- Avoid directly exposing the "hearing system" and brain to electromagnetic radiation by using a regular "landline" in preference to a hand-held mobile or cordless phone;
- When requiring to use a mobile phone, increase the physical distance between the device and the side of the head by using its "speaker phone" mode (with at least 20 cm separation) or "in-vehicle hands-free" mode;
- Avoid converting the head into a mobile antenna by minimising the use of current Bluetooth devices and unshielded wired-earphones for mobile phones;
- Minimise the time spent using mobile and cellular phones for all adults;
- Restrict the use of mobile and cellular phones by children to emergency situations." (pg 62)
Update May 2010: New study completed-"top users of cell phones had a doubled risk of malignant tumors of the brain"
- Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: The Real Story
"This thirteen country report found what every study that has ever examined people who have used phones for a decades or more has determined-- top users of cell phones had a doubled risk of malignant tumors of the brain."
A Review of Studies in "Scientific America"
- Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Probably, but It's Complicated - Scientific American Blog Netwo
The degree of risk almost certainly depends on the length and strength of exposure—but we still don't know how significant the actual danger is
Children Should Not Use Cell Phones!
In the USA
Why Are There No Warnings to the USA Citizens?
Until I found the first video above, I did not realize some countries were issuing warnings about cell phones. Why is it that no warnings have been issued in the USA? I was under the impression our country cared about being pro-active in health care. Here is a threat that is being downplayed in our society, but it seems to be taken very seriously by others.
In Belgium, phones designed for children under 7 are banned. It is illegal to advertise cell phones aimed at children.
In Taiwan, children 2 and under are banned from using electronic devices. The parents will be fines if it is found that they allow this. Taiwan also instructs parents that they must restrict the time all children under 18 spend using electronic devices.
The Association for Consumer Protection in Romania has issues a warning that advises people not to let children under 12 use cell phones, except in emergencies.
These are just a few of the countries with warnings. Many warnings focus on children. Their thinner skull and more porous brain increases their risk from the radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiation.
What is it that America truly values? Our children and our lives? Or, does it only value convenience and profit? If this threat is not true, how did the woman win her case for workman's compensation in the second video above? Think about it.
Countries with Cell Phone Usage Warnings
- Environmental Health Trust Database of Worldwide Policies on Cell Phones, Wireless and Health - Envi
Shows the many countries that require warning labels on cell phones and/or have government issues warnings stating cell phone usage may cause cancer.
Do You Think These Studies Have Merit?
Will you begin restricting your children's cell phone usage?
© 2009 Kari Poulsen