I was surprised at just how many people said smartphone.
I shouldn't have been. I would be very tempted to pick smartphone, too.
Especially if I lived in
I started feeling a little self-conscious about my near-constant smartphoning, texting, tweeting, Facebooking, picture-taking and surfing (everything but actually calling someone on the phone gizmo) a few weeks ago when getting my oil changed.
I was sitting in the little waiting area. There wasn't much to do in there but catch up on some reading on my phone.
"You just can't stop looking at that thing, can you?" a mechanic asked as he passed through.
I don't think he meant that about me specifically, but more about everyone he sees in the waiting area. At least, I hope that's what he meant.
But frankly, I am getting a little tired of reading stories asking folks to put down their phones and enjoy life.
Here is my argument against all those people.
We are living in an amazing age, a new modern era.
The world looks back at the ingenuity, prosperity and influence of the industrial age. Why are we so scared of living in the digital age?
It's a miracle -- all of recorded human knowledge is available to all of us, right now, at any time, at the push of a button. Heck, you don't even have to push the button: The new phones have voice-activated commands.
This little device holds the answer to every question I could ask and reasonably expect to have answered.
It has connected the world and made it smaller in a way that no other technology has. Not ships, not rail, not phones or television.
I can pick up this phone and connect with strangers around the world in just a few seconds.
My Indiana Mom is a world traveler. If they will sell her a ticket, she will go there.
When Tina and I visited the Badlands last year, we hiked around and took a lot of photos. We enjoyed nature and marveled at the miracle of it all.
And, with just a little reception, I called mom on
We got to talk with her and show her the Badlands, live, right there.
I could hear the excitement in her voice, and I could see it in her face.
Yeah, that's an experience I'm not going to forget.
I am so glad I had my smartphone to have that moment, to take my mom on one more trip.
Of course, we had to drive ourselves out there to the Badlands. We aren't ready to give up our car just yet.
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