I often have to stop and wonder what we ever did without cell phones. For that matter, as we adjust and accept each new product on the market, how we lived without any of the new gadgets. However, when it comes to cell phones, things really were quite different and not all the changes have been for the better.
Before cell phones, we had to be more organized and observant. When we traveled or went somewhere with other people, it was necessary to set a time and place to meet up. At shopping malls, you simply had to designate where you would meet and then work to be there at a set time. Occasionally, you just had to cut the shopping short to make the meeting time.
You also had to be more patient. Sometimes unforeseen things happened and there was no way to let the waiting people know. Therefore, we had to learn to remember that something may be keeping people from the appointed times and places.
Other things were also different before cell phones. In a vehicle, at a restaurant, and even during gatherings, we actually had to talk to each other rather than on the phone to who knows who. We were less distracted by the beeps from messages, and didn't stop to grab at our pockets or purses every time a song started to play.
Even though people seem to be constantly talking on a cell phone, our communication can sometimes be stilted because of them. Letters, cards and post cards are becoming non-existent, especially during travels. It is just too easy to call. Those wonderful post cards we often received two days after family members returned home, are a thing of the past.
I have to admit that cell phones are pretty handy, especially in emergency situations. I put off getting one for as long as I could because I liked driving and doing other things without the interruption of phone calls. After having one now for over a year, I don't know how I would get along without it.
I never seem to lose my husband at the shopping mall, I can be running late and not have someone angry with me, and I can keep in touch with my children no matter where they are or I am. I can contact someone the minute I think of a question or concern and I can respond to questions immediately. I can even call and ask for directions when needed and feel safer when traveling alone. Those are the wonderful benefits of a cell phone and I have to say, I don't know how I ever coped without one.