Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Age of Technology

As I was driving into work this morning I attempted to call Hubs to see how his drive to work was going.  You see, Hubs has a half an hour drive through crappy north-side traffic whereas I have a nice 15 minute drive with hardly any traffic.  I called.......no answer.  So I waited about 5 minutes and tried back.....no answer.  Panic started to set in.  Every terrible thing was flashing through my mind.   
What if he had gotten into a car accident?!? 
What if he was trapped and couldn't get to his cell phone?!? 
What if he was bleeding and unconscious?!? 
Yes, I am that crazy, paranoid person! I worry like crazy about anything and everything.  Ask Hubs, he will tell you that I worry enough for everyone in our family.

In the midst of my dramatic 'what if' thoughts the phone rang.....it was Hubs.  He was fine.  He wasn't lying in some ditch or trapped in a car, he was pulling into the parking lot at work.  Of course when I told him how worried I had been he just chuckled.  I imagine he also shook his head at the thought of his crazy wife having a mini panic attack ready to turn the car around to go hunt him down to make sure all was well.

After I hung up the phone I began to think- how big of a nut job would I be if I lived in a time when cell phones didn't exist?  It seems like everyone has a cell phone these days......well except for my dad.  

Think about it- people have the ability to get a hold of others wherever and whenever.  A person can easily pick up their phone to make sure that a loved one made it from Point A to Point B safely.  Without a cell phone we would have to rely on a land line to let us know that our loved one made it safely.  What if your car broke down on the side of the road?!?  Without a cell phone you would either have to hike or rely on a good Samaritan for help (and unfortunately in the world we live in today you can't always trust people).  Is it sad that I find it hard to imagine what it would be like now to not have a cell phone?  Or rather, how inconvenient life could be without one.  Obviously we rely heavily on our cell phones. 

But on the other end of the spectrum- is my worry derived from Hubs (or someone else) not answering their phone when they are typically so accessible?!  Because we carry our cell phone on us at all times we expect people to answer their phones.  When they don't answer our minds wander (or at least mine does).

What are your thoughts? Or am I just crazy?  Don't worry, you can be honest.....you won't hurt my feelings! lol

{Whew} That was a really random post.....see what happens when I drive to work in the morning and expect my brain to function.  

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!! :-D
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5 comments:

Marian said...

I agree, today we relay so heavily on technology and cell phones. It is kind of a shame. Sometimes, I wish I could go back to the day when we didn't depend on it. I actually think things would be easier. We wouldn't worry if someone didn't answer. We wouldn't be so readily available for anything and everything. But, if I was asked to give up my blackberry, I don't know if I could. Haha

Mrs. Bear said...

As you already know by my post the other day... I am nuts. If I didn't have a cell phone I would probably already be dead from a panic attack that resulted in my heart exploding or something.

Chocolate Lover said...

Its so hard to strike a balance with these things. I've become better over time about not stressing out so much when someone doesn't answer the phone but its still a challenge when you are used to them being accessible!

Adrienne said...

I am the same way! One time a friend of mine was flying away for a business trip, when he arrived there and wasn't answering my calls I started watching the news for plane wrecks! I wish I was kidding haha

Ams said...

I will be the FIRST to say that I am crazy when it comes to technology and when I can't get a hold of S I freak OUT!
I am right there with you.. and am so dependent on my cell phone. So sad hey!?
(I am now going to go and have a bath and play a game on my iphone! lol)