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Bzzzzzz brrrring bzzzzzz brrrring. Posted on 08/02/2002.

"You always want it near you," somebody says. "You take the phone out of your purse and leave your purse behind. You take your phone even when you don't take your purse or your keys. It's like a little person."

Further evidence of the power of social technologies is this thoroughly researched article on mobile phone use. It begins with commentary on self-organizing swarms brought together through mobile technologies, and progresses to a more general discussion of the uses of mobile. (thanks dnkb)

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Timely for me since I just got my first cell phone. I resisted, but you know what they say about that and futility.

Within days I have noticed marked differences in my behavior directly associated with owning a cellular phone. In short, I'm beginning to look like those people I sneered at for so long, starting with my placing it on the tabletop at a restaurant. It won't happen again.
Posted by brittney @ 08/04/2002 01:16 AM PST [link to this comment]

I have had a cell phone for a few years or so... I first got it in case of emergencies while in the car going wherever ( I actually used it to call for service once for a flat tire, and another time to have someone tell my husband to go home and see if I'd turned off a burner on the stove)..

Now it's for being able to be reached when I'm not home, being able to call family members to see if they're receiving before popping in to visit, utilizing my free minutes to call out of state, and on, and on....
I have also become one of the
"can you hear me now", and turn your head people.. there are many times of annoyance, like static, and cut outs, but the convenience for me out weighs the rest..

Where I live it now costs 50 to use a pay phone.. I found that out when my battery went dead and I hadn't finished a conversation. Unfortunately I'd left my cord to hook into the cig lighter ( which I only use for cords) in my other vehicle..
I don't put my cell on a table any where, I'd probably lose, or forget it.. But there has to be humor in a purse, or pocket ringing.. For Maxwell Smart it was his shoe..

I seemed to have gotten along just fine for decades without a cell phone, the internet, the infamous answering machine, and cable tv ( which I'm still too frugal to get the bigger packages) And I know there are faxes, pagers, and what not that I don't need..... Yet.
But after having the aboved mentioned, I know I wouldn't want to be without them again..
Posted by a.webby @ 08/04/2002 05:13 AM PST [link to this comment]

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