I'm probably one of the youngest people out there to despise cell phones. As a society, as humankind we have survived thousands of years without cell phones. Only a century or two ago did we devise an organized mail system, almost a century ago - land based telephones. Decades ago, the internet and cell phones. We survived long enough without these devices we now cling to for utter survival, what in the world is so important that my eight year old neighbor needs a cell phone? Honestly, I believe that everything in life revolves around a relationship, a personal relationship, one that involved two things: one person, and another. There was no middleman, no device to link the two. Relationships survived years without cell phones, people used to see their friends daily. But now, technology is destroying years of relationship building, turning to the internet rather than your neighborhood store, turning to ebay instead of yard sales. Sure, everything has it's blessing, but the things that used to be personal and comfortable are no longer. A conversation can be had over a great meal, now, the person sitting across from you in a fast-food restaurant is either on his or her cell phone, having a conversation with someone who is likely being rude enough to interrupt their life for a meaningless telephone call. Things that used to wait until one got home are now too important to wait a day, an hour, or even five minutes. People are distracted too much by technology to function as we were meant to, with the people around us. A cell phone is a tool, not a lifeline. Telephone calls were always made in private, at least in the privacy of a bedroom or a phonebooth, but now, people interrupt others constantly, in restaurants, in line at a store (please, as customer service and often a cashier, there is nothing more offensive than a customer hurrying you along on your job while they are chit-chatting on their cell phone about who won the Yankees game, or BSing about last nights episode of American Idol) I have nearly been fired for waiting until a customer gets off the phone before I deal with them. While driving, is it not important enough to have a conversation with the person next to you, or at least roll down the window, sing along with the radio and pay attention to your surroundings? My very own girlfriend, which I love dearly is one of the biggest abusers of her cell phone. Tonight, while watching a movie, just the two of us, she managed to check her cell phone six times. Every noise she heard, she thought it was her cell phone vibrating. During lunch with her, she took a phone call, and after I politely asked her to get off the phone and have a face-to-face conversation, she continued to get text messages from people. No, I'm not complaining about my girlfriend, she's just an example of many who I see do this very thing. Sure, they come in handy, be in a store and can't remember what you needed, or double check specifications, but don't be having totally unrelated conversations while you're dealing with someone or something else. I've had it up to my eyes with cell phones, and yes, I carry, but only in emergencies. People have become far too dependent on technology and often forget the people that matter most in life, the people who care about you enough to spend time with you, who can hug you and love you. For all of you who are addicted, or who have friends, family who are addicted: do yourself, or urge others to put the cell phone on mute, turn it off during meals, movies, or friendly conversations. Don't spend hours chitchatting about last night, live in the current, use thirty seconds on your phone to arrange a meeting, and live life the way we were meant to: in the moment and in person.