Okay, although I wrote the post questioning if cell phones improve communication or not, I have to admit it. I am a cell phone junky. I have had a few Motorola phones, and never had a single problem with them, but I am in love with my Samsung Messenger. It makes sending text messages so much easier for me.
As long as cell phones are used in moderation, there are so many ways that they can save us time and a lot of frustration.
This is especially true in today’s busy households where sometimes it seems that finding something as simple as a pen can be a major challenge.
Here are my top 10 ways to use a cell phone . . .
(1) Before I go grocery shopping, I snap a few quick shots of the inside of the pantry. That way when I get to the store and instantly forget what things I already have, I can take a quick peek at the picture! This is also very helpful when I need a specific part or tool at the Home Depot. I can just take a quick picture of what I am trying to fix, instead of using my hands to try to explain to the salesperson what I need!
(2) It helps my daughter and me keep track of each other in the store, especially since we both have a tendency to wander off when we are looking at things.
(3) If I get lost, I can either do a quick search on Google using my cell, or better yet, call my son and he will get me out of the maze I always seem to find myself in when I go into the city.
(4) It is so much easier than yelling out the front door when it is time for my daughter to come inside. Instead I can call or send her a quick text message.
(5) I’m not tied to my land line when I am expecting an important call. I can forward my calls to my cell phone and still go to the park and enjoy a sunny afternoon feeding the ducks.
(6) Sometimes, I just want to let someone know I am thinking of them, but don’t want to disturb their work with a phone call. A quick text message will do the trick in a hurry. And, the truth is, when I am buried in work, it’s nice to get those same types of quick notes.
(7) If I am stuck waiting at the doctor’s office, I can text message with a friend without disturbing those around me. This is always a better option that reading 3-year-old magazines for the tenth time! (Don’t forget to put your phone on silent or vibrate!)
(8) If I am involved in a fender bender (knock on wood) I can take a few quick pics of the scene before moving the vehicles out of the way.
(9) Okay, this one is one of my favorites. If I am stuck in a long line at the grocery store, instead of twiddling my thumbs, I can play games!
(10) And of course, in case of an emergency, it is nice to not have to look for a phone. It’s right there in your pocket.
If you are not careful though, you can easily find yourself addicted to your cell phone, so remember, everything in moderation. (smiles)
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com