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Why Your Cell Phone is NOT a Blessing

Updated on July 3, 2012
Cell Phones: The first step toward Big Brother
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Is this really a problem?

Do you own and carry a cell phone?

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by Christopher Peruzzi

Ahhh yes - The first real sign that Big Brother is a reality.

Let me readjust my tinfoil hat and give you the first bit of real animosity I have with my cellular leash.

Cell phones are easily the worst thing we've ever done to ourselves. In our effort to make communication "convenient" we've given away any morsel of privacy and have made it that much easier for a totalitarian state to happen.

I know, it sounds crazy. As a matter of fact, as I read the words back to myself I know that I'm due for a new jacket with eight foot wrap around sleeves with buckles that work well on the back. However, in an effort to let you know that I haven't completely lost my mind let me tell you what we've done to ourselves FREELY.

Practically every cellphone has a camera and practically everyone owns a cellphone. Do you know what that means? If anything ordinary or extraordinary happens to you (or in your immediate area), people will photograph it or video it (depending on the quality of your friend's cellphone). That means we're monitoring ourselves.

And then we post what we see on Facebook or Youtube.

We are putting ourselves under our own surveillance.

So, why don't we add to that? Let's see what we can do to ourselves to make ourselves easily found wherever we go. I have it. Why not put a GPS chip in our device and market it as a way to find whatever destination we're heading to. So we don't get lost. A GPS (Global Positioning System) allows us to be tracked by satellite. So long as you have your phone - guess what - you can always be found.

Let's also go for a dumbing down of the masses. How many people have a calculator on their phone? Or access to Wikipedia? Or the Internet? While we tell ourselves that we use these things as a method to know any fact at any given time and have information at our fingertips, we are actually learning to use our minds less.

How many of you remember when you could recite the telephone number of your best friend growing up? How many of you remember your parents' telephone number?

I remember when I started my first career and could remember every extension in the building that I used more than three times a week. Or better yet, I remember never needing to use a calculator for simple math. All I needed was a piece of paper.

Or how about spelling? Have you noticed that kids these days can't spell their way out of a paper bag?

Yes, I know. I sound insane.

Let me ask you this, though. What happens when the last of us stops using their heads for critical thinking and only has the opinion that the TV or newspapers have given them? What happens when there are only two opinions in this country: the right and the left? Where are those facts and arguments coming from? Are they reasoned or are they rhetoric... or are they parroted?

It all starts simple. It all starts with convenience.

And it started this time with cell phones.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      There is no way I ever want a Smart Phone! At the moment I have no cell phone at all, but my family will go bananas if I don't get another one "for emergencies." Therefore, I will find the most basic phone available with no bells and whistles whatsoever and get the cheapest plan with the fewest minutes. I'll only use it when the electricity goes off at home or if I need to make a call while away from my house. I will NEVER use anywhere near all of my minutes even with the lowest plan! And, if I want Internet access, that's why I have a computer. Ditto with photos and my digital camera. 'Nuff said.

      Jaye

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      the-vt-observer 5 years ago

      I agree with your comments on the danger of our "pocket spies" used against us and I don't think you are at all paranoid. I'm sure that it is fairly easy for Homeland Security and it's minions to tap our phones when necessary. I have to confess that I own an iPhone, which one of the most intrusive devices on the market. Usually, I turn off the location services and 3g data network services and simply use wifi. It's certain that even with this configuration the phone is not secure, but at least I get internet services while at home.

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      Christopher Peruzzi 5 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      I could go for pages on the social degenerative effects caused by the cell phone culture. It's enough for its own hub.

      The problem is that it's really easy for people to forget their manners when they're "plugged in".

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      Dominique L 5 years ago from Oregon

      I refused to buy a phone, so a family member bought one for me because "I needed one." It sits on my desk plugged in and hasn't moved in a month now.

      I remember having to recite phone numbers, I remember writing letters too. Remember having to go to the library and use a *gasp* book! to do research. Do kids even know what books look like anymore?

      And even in a simple way, cell phones make people inconsiderate. They text while they're driving and cause crashes, they sit in restaurants and talk really loud, they walk down the street without looking up and expect YOU to get out of THEIR way. Remember before cell phones when, if you were meeting someone you had to make an effort to be there at the time you agreed on. Now, oh, it's not a big deal if I'm late, I'll just call and make the person wait, and they'll know they're waiting, so it's okay...

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      Michael Smathers 5 years ago from LaGrange, GA

      Personally, I keep my phone off unless I'm making a call. And I use a little Samsung TracFone that only has talk and text capability that's all I need. I don't need Internet, I don't need MP3 capability, and I'm surely not going to post where I am on Facebook.

      I very much agree with everything in this hub. Well said, ser.

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      Christopher Peruzzi 5 years ago from Freehold, NJ

      I resisted buying one until I was on a job hunt and could not miss a call. The moment I saw they were using GPS chips, I saw trouble.

      I remember making a comment to a young mother who thought it was GREAT to ALWAYS KNOW WHERE HER KID WAS. She didn't get that when they get to be teens, they may always know where she is.

      Stay simple. Use it for calls.

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I love how your hub takes the alternative slant. Even though I did finally get around to getting a cellphone, I was a holdout for a long while. But even now my phone was a hand me down from a friend and it is very limited in features (doesn't even have a camera). There is still a part of me that doesn't like the idea of 24 hour accessibility and I take steps to prevent that from happening.

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      Akhil S Kumar 5 years ago from kerala

      phobias and manias are going up in the society.

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