As I realized my cell phone battery had died and I desperately needed to call my best friend, I became cognizant of the fact that I didn’t know her number. I thought, what am I going to do? What’s that number I’ve dialed at least a million times day after day for years. I began to panic and broke out in a cold sweat. I need my cell phone. I can’t live without my contact list. The walls started to close in as I reached for the almost extinct land line. That’s when it hit me. When I was in middle and high school, I didn’t have a cell phone to store my seemingly endless contact list. Yet somehow I managed to remember all my friends telephone numbers without an address book or having a master list with the phone numbers of everyone I knew. I don’t know how anyone else feels about this, but the more I think of it, the more I realize that cell phones have somehow minimized our ability to think, and our brains have been superseded by this small piece of technology that rests in our palms.
I currently own a Motorola CLIQ which is by no means a top of the line cellular phone. However, with my fairly average phone I can eliminated the use of many other items if need be. After all, I can watch movies, listen to music, search the web, and at top speed thanks to Android. I don’t need a Tom Tom or a Garmin, my phone has built in GPS. I have no need for a calculator, alarm clock, watch, nor a calendar. My cell phone can wake me up, tell me what time it is, remind me to pay my bills on time, and calculate how long it would take to pay off my credit card if I only make the minimum payment. Camcorder or digital camera? No need for those. My CLIQ has a built in 5.0 mega pixel camera that takes great pictures and has amazing video quality. I no longer have to shuffle to a computer to check my email, it’s all sent directly to my phone from multiple email addresses. It’s a super computer with the ability to replace every piece of technology and I believe that one day it will.
Now all this being said, I recently purchased a new digital camera/camcorder, I still own a desktop as well as a television. I even still own a calculator, calendar, and several watches. Being the fact that we are people who are never satisfied and are on an endless quest for all things new, bright and shiny, we will always chase the latest gadget. Even those we don’t need because we already own a piece of technology that can do the same exact thing. I secretly dream of a day I can go back to the time when I was a human Rolodex. It’s most likely too late to turn back, as I’ve comfortably settled into a life of deficient memory.