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Top 10 Reasons to Give up Your Cell Phone

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10 Reasons To Give Up Your Cell Phone


Good Reasons for Having a Cell Phone

Cell phones have become a way of life all over the world. We use them to stay in touch with friends and family. We can talk, text, e-mail, send pictures or short videos to everyone and anyone from any place. We can keep track of where our kids are, call them to update them on family plans or to tell them to get their butts home, NOW! We can use them in case of emergency, for example when our cars break down.

The convenience is just too good to give up, or its it? Have you ever thought about all the reasons you should give up your cell phone? I heard that collective gasp of horror, the derisive laughter, the "duh, why would I ever do that?" Here are my top 10 reasons to give your cell phone up. Some are humorous, others are deadly serious.

The Looks You Will Get!

No cell phone?  Ha, I knew she wasn't playing with a full deck!

No cell phone? Ha, I knew she wasn't playing with a full deck!

#10 The Looks You Get

It is fun to see the look of shock and disbelief on people's faces when you tell them that you do not own a cell phone. The looks of incredulousness that tell you they think you are a few doughnuts short of a dozen. The smirk that lets you know they realize you are slightly challenged mentally.

Then there are the verbal responses. The ones who will utter that single dubious chuckle because they know you must be joking, while they are wondering in the back of their minds, "what if she is telling the truth?" Verbal responses range from this one small chuckle to a full throated yell asking, "HOW DO YOU SURVIVE???"

One thing I learned when I worked as a substance abuse counselor is that the addicted want everyone to be addicted. It makes what they do normal. They will try to get you started again, no matter the cost. "How can you do that to your kids?", they will ask. When the guilt technique doesn't work they try for hysteria. "What if you break down or have an accident?" I'll tell you, I've heard them all!

Mom Calls and the Smiles Go


#9 The Kids don't Answer for You Anyway

I bet most parents know this scenario. You child has been begging you for their own cell phone. "All my friends have them, I'm the only one who doesn't." "You don't trust me, you never trust me!" "You can reach me anytime you like!" Of all the pleas, it is the third one listed that wins most parents over.

You buy your child a cell phone and suddenly you communicate. You call to say you're running to the store. They call to say they are going to the park. You promptly communicate and update each other. What heaven, no more wondering where my little angel is, I'll just ring and find out.

A week or two go by (I hear some even get a month), and you ring the little angel. No answer. Thinking you hit the wrong speed dial number you try again. Still no answer. Immediately your mind goes into overdrive. What could have happened, why aren't they answering, are they dead??!! "Calm down," you tell yourself, "Maybe the battery is dead. That must be it the battery is dead."

The answer you get when they arrive home ranges from, "I never heard it ring" to "the battery must be dead". Sooner or later you realize, they are just not picking up on your calls. Your days of instantaneous communication are over.

What are Your Kids Really Doing With Their Cell Phones

#8 Do You Really Want to be Accessible at All Times?

If you have a cell phone I'll bet you have heard this, "Why didn't you pick up?"  I don't understand why people think that you should pick up every time your cell rings.  Have you ever had a friend get mad at you because you didn't answer?  A boss who thought he should be the most important person in your life?

You cannot tell these people you were out.  They still get insulted because if you have a cell phone, you should be able to be reached where ever and when ever.  The excuses on why you didn't answer become extremely limited.

I worked for a company that wanted me to be accessible at all times.  They wanted me to get a cell phone.  They didn't want to pay me to be accessible, nor did they want to supply the cell phone.  Why would I want to talk to them on my free time?

#7 You Will Remember Important Phone Numbers Again

I call many people at work to do a prescreening. One question I ask is for the name and number of an emergency contact. I would say about 95% of the people questioned do not know their significant other's number off-hand. They apologize for not knowing the number, never realizing that this has become commonplace. I didn't even know my home number when I had a cell phone.

What Happens When You Lose Your Cellphone

#6 No More Interruptions

Don't you hate when you are in a restaurant or at the movies and someone starts talking loudly on their cell phone? What right do they have to disturb everyone for the sake of their call? Why can't people be more considerate and take it outside?

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How about this scenario. You're having a conversation with you friend, pouring your heart out. Suddenly, you hear dogs barking. Huh, where are the dogs, you think.

"I'm sorry, I have to take this", says your friend. "I'll just be a minute." You overhear your friend talking to someone about plans for next week. The minute is over, but you have lost your urge to confide, feeling stupid that you ever thought they might really care.

This is one everyone has experienced. You are at the store and need some help finding an item. You finally find a salesperson, only to see them on their cell phone. You ask for help. The salesperson holds up one finger in the universal "wait a minute" language. They finally hang up. You start to ask your question only to have their phone ring again. They put up their finger again. You put up a different finger and walk out.

Oh, Just Forget I Said Anything!

#5 Decreases the Odds of Crashing

I remember the days when everyone was up in arms about people talking on their cell phones while driving. It is illegal to talk on your hand held cell phone in 15 states and the District of Columbia. I am sure everyone has seen the driver with the cell phone who forgets to see the light change or who happens to drift into your lane. I was once hit this way.

In an article in US News and World Report from 2009 stated that an estimated 20% of people were texting while driving. This article also stated that two-thirds of people age 18 to 24 were texting and driving. Although it is difficult to tell exactly how many people crash while texting there were enough horror stories that show this was a true concern.

Fast forward to 2017. You would think we had learned, texting and driving do not mix. But, according to a Huffpost article, 49% of adults now admit to texting and driving. (Notice, that is only how many "admit".) The National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are due to driving and cell phone usage. Out of these 341,000 are known to be caused by texting and driving (2013 statistic). In fact, 1 out of 4 car accidents are caused by texting and driving.

A different article on states 11 teens die every day because of texting and driving. 40% of teenagers admit to being in a car when the driver was texting and driving. Teens are 4 times more likely than adults to have an accident or near-miss because of cell phone usage.

Information from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) show that forty-seven states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands have all outlawed texting and driving. Arizona and Montana do not currently have laws against texting and driving. In Missouri, only drivers 21 years of age and younger are banned.

Texting and Driving

An Accident Waiting to Happen!

An Accident Waiting to Happen!

#4 Cell Phones are Environmental Hazards

Many people may not realize that cell phones are considered hazardous waste. This means that cell phones pose a threat to human health or the environment when improperly disposed. Some of the toxic materials found in cell phones are mercury, lead, nickle, beryllium, cadmium and plastics. Please recycle your cell phone instead of throwing it in the garbage.

There are several organizations that will help you recycle your cell phone. Earth911 helps you to find a place to recycle in your area. Businesses like ecoATM allow you to turn in your old cell phone for cash. Donate your phone to an organization like Cell Phones for Soldiers. They will take any and all makes, models and conditions of cell phones. Plus, you can write it off on your taxes.

Have you heard that bees are disappearing? Well it seems that cell phone use has been linked to the disappearing bees. Studies are showing that cell phones are interfering with the bees' navigational systems. Bees are vital to human existence.

An article in Time reports that the radiation from your cell phone contributes to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD occurs when the majority of the worker bees disappear and leave the queen and lots of food behind.

Bees are responsible for pollinating the majority of crops grown world-wide. Without bees to pollinate, we would experience world-wide famine. You can see that bees are necessary to our world.

Where Are the Bees

#3 Save Money

In today's economy something has to give.  For my family it was the cell phones.  We were paying about $180.00 a month for our lines.  I understand that this is a small price to pay for the convenience of having a phone with you at any time.  I just happen to hate being convenient.

Stupid Sperm


#2 New Study Shows Cell Phones Make Sperm Stupid

A study performed by the Cleveland Clinic suggests that males who keep their cell phones in their pockets while talking on a wireless device are destroying their sperm. The electromagnetic waves emitted from cell phones seem to decrease the sperms' motility and viability. It was also found to make changes to the sperm's DNA. A sister study found that men who used their cell phones for more than 4 hours daily had significantly lowered sperm counts.

Another study was done that reviewed 27 studies regarding cell phones and sperm. Negative consequences were reported in 21 of the studies reviewed. The scientists say that more information is needed to verify the results of the studies. Follow up studies are being conducted.

Their Fathers May Have Kept A Cell Phone In Their Pockets

#1 Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors

A study published March 28, 2008 states that the link between cell phone usage and brain tumors should no longer be considered a myth. This study entitled "Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours – A Public Health Concern" by Vini Gautam Khurana PhD, FRACS states that heavy cell phone usage increases the risk of brain tumors 2-4 fold.

The study also states that Bluetooth ear-pieces, wireless home phones and walkie talkies are all unsafe. The only safe option is a land line corded phone. It gives very strong recommendations that children should only use cell phones in case of emergency.

The study states, "It is anticipated that this danger has far broader public health ramifications than asbestos and smoking, and directly concerns all of us, particularly the younger generation, including very young children." (pg 4) Why then are we banning smoking and not even warning people of cell phones?

Here are the recommendations quoted straight from the paper:

"For members of the General Public:

  • Avoid directly exposing the "hearing system" and brain to electromagnetic radiation by using a regular "landline" in preference to a hand-held mobile or cordless phone;
  • When requiring to use a mobile phone, increase the physical distance between the device and the side of the head by using its "speaker phone" mode (with at least 20 cm separation) or "in-vehicle hands-free" mode;
  • Avoid converting the head into a mobile antenna by minimising the use of current Bluetooth devices and unshielded wired-earphones for mobile phones;
  • Minimise the time spent using mobile and cellular phones for all adults;
  • Restrict the use of mobile and cellular phones by children to emergency situations." (pg 62)

Update May 2010: New study completed-"top users of cell phones had a doubled risk of malignant tumors of the brain"

  • Cell Phones and Brain Cancer: The Real Story
    "This thirteen country report found what every study that has ever examined people who have used phones for a decades or more has determined-- top users of cell phones had a doubled risk of malignant tumors of the brain."

A Review of Studies in "Scientific America"

Children Should Not Use Cell Phones!

In the USA

Why Are There No Warnings to the USA Citizens?

Until I found the first video above, I did not realize some countries were issuing warnings about cell phones. Why is it that no warnings have been issued in the USA? I was under the impression our country cared about being pro-active in health care. Here is a threat that is being downplayed in our society, but it seems to be taken very seriously by others.

In Belgium, phones designed for children under 7 are banned. It is illegal to advertise cell phones aimed at children.

In Taiwan, children 2 and under are banned from using electronic devices. The parents will be fines if it is found that they allow this. Taiwan also instructs parents that they must restrict the time all children under 18 spend using electronic devices.

The Association for Consumer Protection in Romania has issues a warning that advises people not to let children under 12 use cell phones, except in emergencies.

These are just a few of the countries with warnings. Many warnings focus on children. Their thinner skull and more porous brain increases their risk from the radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF) radiation.

What is it that America truly values? Our children and our lives? Or, does it only value convenience and profit? If this threat is not true, how did the woman win her case for workman's compensation in the second video above? Think about it.

Countries with Cell Phone Usage Warnings

Do You Think These Studies Have Merit?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Kari Poulsen


privateye2500 from Canada, USA, London on February 15, 2012:

Playing devils advocate here....

Use the *OFF* button people :}

#10 - is just plain silly

#9 - kids text - I always get replies to them via texting.

#8 - There is an *OFF* button - use it frequently.

#7 - yes

#6 - again - use the OFF button

#5 - That's why they make the lil *thingy* for your ear - so you don't use your hands!

#4 - Put them in the appropriate recycle bin!!

#3 - if you can't pay for it - stands to reason you won't have 1.

#2 - so does practically everything you eat! Chemicals are Everywhere.

#1 - see #2

There are MANY items in the new tech world we live in that cause our bodies harm. If you don't want to expose yourself to that - go live in a hut in the bush might make it to 110!

rosie on February 14, 2012:

hi, i haven't read this article yet -lol- but, another hubpages website had a gross picture and it made me think it was fake. since this is the same website(hubpages) i don't know if i should believe it. but yes i know the saying, "don't judge a book by it's cover", but the other website made me lose trust in all hubpages websites. sorry. :(

privateye2500 from Canada, USA, London on January 02, 2012:

"I happen to be one of the 10 people left in America who don't have (and don't want) a cell. What do I do in an emergency, say if my car breaks down? Well, either walk to the nearest landline,"

THAT's Rich! It would be a VERY long walk to the nearest public landline phone as they pretty much don't Exsist anymore!

IF you were to find one - they now take cards, not a quarter.

That's rich...and Borrow the nearest persons cell phone you see? -- LOL!!

OK - I got a laugh outta this.

Iberkenbosch from Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 19, 2011:

haha, Im never going to give up my phone. It was a really nice read but check out these awsome Iphone5 specs:

You can't give that up!

Auntie D from California on June 15, 2011:

Good article with data that should make people use their brains a bit more... I have a landline, son has cell phone for his work. Saved a ton of money when I canceled the cell plan I was on and son went with Straight Talk.

blueinTX on May 31, 2011:

BTW, I was reminded of this HUB when I came across the latest news about cell phones and cancer risk. I forgot to mention that my cell phone contract ended March 2011 * NO MORE CONTRACTS * I am using my prepaid cell phone until I get a land-line in a few months. YES. This must be divine intervention because I haven't signed a contract for the cell provider. I have been eyeballing a smartphone, but after reading the article below, not thanks. I am resilient.

"WHO Panel Cites 'Possible' Brain Cancer Risk from Cell Phone Use"

blueinTX on May 31, 2011:

Hi K@ri, I am so glad you enjoyed the link. My laptop had a virus so I wasn't able to respond right away, but glad I kept this link I saved on my email notepad about frugal living.

@ Netters, thank you for bringing up the point about pay phones not being available on the streets. I think that has to do with the cell phone lobbyists that pushed for them to be removed. I grew up on the east coast and use to see pay phones all over. Now, a few hear and there.

Spedie on March 07, 2011:

I did IT!. I went back to a landline and cut off my cell service - I saved $135 a month...and I really LIKE not being connected, 24/7/365. OMG, why didn't I do this 10 years ago and saved myself $15,000 and lots of hassle with the cell companies??

Snigdha Shahi from India,mumbai on January 28, 2011:

Good hub.You are very right.We were better off without cellphones.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 22, 2010:

Gypsy Willow, Thanks! They are very useful in emergencies and I currently have to keep one for when I am on call for the operating room I work in. Otherwise, I do not use it. :D

Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on December 21, 2010:

You make very good cases for giving them up and mine doesn't work in my home in the mountains but I think the use in emergency overcomes the arguments. Good hub!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on December 10, 2010:

It's always interesting to learn about things and then to share the knowledge. Thanks! :D

inspiredbydg from San Diego Ca on November 29, 2010:

I appreciate the time you took to draft and edit so much material for our informational hunger, you know the industry is producing these marvelous gadgets by the second to give us more to do faster. Keep hubs like these going for they make the consumer more equipped to make informed decisions.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 14, 2010:

nicomp, thanks for the heads up! I loved the old video, but now there is a new one. :D

deboerdn, I need one for work now, also. I only use it on call. :D

deboerdn on October 23, 2010:

i needed one for work just because i was working audio visual and needed to be on call for events or troubleshooting when required. but beyond that mine is usually on my desk.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on October 09, 2010:

"What are Your Kids Really Doing With Their Cell Phones"

This video has been removed for Terms of Use violation.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on September 26, 2010:

compu-smart, I too like the peace! :D

Mentalist acer, Hehe, yes, I remember pagers. I used to carry one also. Now I need to carry a cell phone when I am on call for the OR. I guess cell phone and being at someone's beck and call will always be related in my mind. :D

Mheat15, I read your hub on cell phones and thought it was excellent. I agree that cell phones are over used.

madeline Oscar, I find it very peaceful...with and without my loved ones. :D

blueinTX, That was a great link. I'm going to include it above...I hope you don't mind. I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but that doesn't mean I need to utilize the techs that drive me crazy. Thanks again for the link! :D

blueinTX on September 16, 2010:

thanks for the great hub article! I am glad I'm not the oddball. And I'm a very tech savvy person, but having a cell phone has turned into a leash. Everything you listed are significant reasons why I'm giving up my cell phone. To add, the GPS function has soured my cell phone experience for good.,8599,201...

To Aunty, BRAVO to all your points!!

As others pointed out, memory changes due to longterm use. I use to remember things with ease. And now, not so much.

madeline Oscar on September 02, 2010:

Well explained. It would really be a peaceful time when we are away from Cell phones provided our Loved Ones are with us.

Mheat15 on July 14, 2010:

Great Job! Cell Phones have become too important in everyones' lives. I really believe that the role of cell phones needs to be reduced in our lives and especially while we drive.

Overall, great Job with the hub.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on July 08, 2010:

I have a couple friends that use their iPhones to look me up on Hubpages but they DO NOT USE the phone application...Myself nor any of my friends use the phone ap. on our phones.

Before I retired BFI gave me a pager(remember those) when I first went to work then supplied a cell phone.I was on call 24/7 from the very beginning...

Tony Sky from London UK on June 17, 2010:

I keep my mobile phone off at all times. Even when im in or out and I love the peace..:D

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on June 08, 2010:

tom, I'll agree...I got along without one during all my "dangerous" years, I can get along without now just fine. :D

warrioRR, I and most of the world. Please take precautions to keep yourself safe! We all have our vices, myself included. :D

warrioRR from Rawalpindi Pakistan on May 30, 2010:

Even this is right but i won't give up

tom hellert from home on May 29, 2010:

11. i can't afford it .... great hub

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on April 23, 2010:

Nokia, I'm glad you liked it! It seems the ill effects are talked about more and more.

Nokia 5800 Applications on April 12, 2010:

well k@ri i very much liked your hub and the 10 reasons why we should give up our phones.

The best thing i like is that i have also heard that cell phone radiations cause cancer and are hazardous. Another thing is keeping cellphone in your pocket directly affects the sperm count (This is 100% correct), there are chances of accidents while driving and your memory gets weaker as you don't remember phone numbers (as you have maintained address book of your all contacts)

Thanks and Have a nice day!!!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on February 03, 2010:

My Digest, I guess those are the days that your battery "dies"...LOL, I hate being found at all times!

no-phone, Kids do become obsessed with them. There is much about cell phones and how they affect an undeveloped mind that we really don't understand.

no-phone on February 02, 2010:

some kids get so obsessed with them they even text in the shower by using a plastic bag to protect it from the water! they need to read this article!!!

My Digest on January 29, 2010:

I can't imagine giving up my cell phone but yes I do sometimes feel I don't want to be found on some days...hahahah

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on January 24, 2010:

askjanbrass, I'm glad you enjoyed this, I had fun writing it. :D

askjanbrass from St. Louis, MO on January 21, 2010:

This was very comical and lovely to read. I especially agree with point #8: I certainly don't want to be available at all times! I've truly thought about giving up my cell phone at times, but I'm afraid I'm just so dependent on it.

Thanks for sharing this!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on November 27, 2009:

nextstopjupiter, LOL, I must bees, hate brain tumors...and those drivers annoy me greatly! :D

nextstopjupiter from here, there and everywhere on November 27, 2009:

I love bees, and I hate brain tumors and drivers who could kill me because they use their cell phone when driving. But I can't give up my cell phone because I don't have one ... , and I am still alive!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on August 02, 2009:

Vivienne, LOL, yes #7 makes them useful! Thanks for reading! :D

VivienneG from Florida on August 02, 2009:

LOL on #7. Just can't help it. Kids.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on May 26, 2009:

Aunty, So now there are 4 of us "cell phoneless and proud of it" people in the world! I find phones pretty intrusive myself. I gave up feeling I had to answer every ring years ago. Thanks for your comment, I couldn't have said it better!

Aunty from Scotland on May 25, 2009:

Wow, I thought I was the only person left in the world that doesn't have a mobile phone!! I've never had one, don't want one, don't need one. I have never been inconvenienced by the fact that I haven't got one and I even have my own successful business!! I have a life, I speak to people real live and in person! I have plenty to say and don't feel I'm missing out because I haven't spoken to them at least 6 times a day or texted them at least 30 times a day!! It's called quality time and the art of conversation. Phones are so intrusive. There's never a good time to call, ever. E-mail is great, real letters are even better. Face to face conversation is brilliant. Phones... dreadful. The only good use for them is to enable an emergency call, and I mean an emergency! Oooh, let me climb down off my soap box. I guess I just wanted to say.. great hub!!! Aunty,x.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on April 05, 2009:

wandererh, Yes, they are so easy now. I like how you phrased that "once in a while...once in a long while". Made me smile! Thanks for stopping by!

David Lim from Singapore on April 05, 2009:

I was a late adopter of cell phones as I never believed that I had to be contactable all the time, and besides, I am definitely not carrying that monstrosity in my pocket.

But phones have gotten much smaller, and more reliable, and as such, much more indispansable. But I do try to do without it once in a while...once in a long while. :)

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 30, 2009:

Hi MindField, So that makes 3 of us; you, me and JamaGenee. I wonder who the other 7 are? Thanks for stopping by. :)

MindField from Portland, Oregon on March 29, 2009:

Add me to the list with no cell phone. I have to say that I keep wondering about Ted Kennedy's brain tumor - was it related to his phone? And if I can save even a few bees, you can bet I'll never have one of those things. Thanks for a great hub, K@ri.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 28, 2009:

Shalini, I agree, kids will not be pleased to give them up. My children think I am crazy to live without cell is a burdensome task for them! Part of this is that "everyone has them".

Shalini Kagal from India on March 28, 2009:

Great article k@ri - and loved the videos. I am so not a cellphone person and most of my friends who are have given up on me - though I do have one for emergencies. I think we managed growing up OK without its ubiquitous presence! For kids today it's like a part of themselves - so do you think they'll give them up? I doubt it very much unless we are all part of that concerted effort.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 28, 2009:

firead, Since doing the research on this hub, I agree. Kids should either not have them or be schooled to use them only in emergencies.

Frank from Montana on March 28, 2009:

kids should not have cell phones

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 26, 2009:

Thanks ramkumar!

yokalyn, There are some very positive benefits to owning a cell phone, but both I and JamaGenee are surviving without one at the moment, so it can be done. At times it may be inconvenient, but it's possible :)

I'm not advocating everyone giving up their cell phones, Although it makes me mighty angry that no-one has warned America of their very real potential to harm our children! I'm not upset with cell phones, I'm upset with the selling out of our children in the name of the almighty dollar!

yokalyan on March 26, 2009:

Good one. But what about the benefits of having a cell phone ? You can't get away with out using a cell phone in this era. A restricted use of it might be better like using it only when you are away from the land phone. 

ramkumar45 from INDIA on March 25, 2009:

Good technical info

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 25, 2009:

Thanks Ashley! I also hated being available anywhere. Don't get too impressed, it was mainly a budget decision to give up the cell phones. :)

ML, I have quite a few friends who have given up their landlines for cell phones. I did not think they were harmful until I researched this hub. I agree they are very good to have in emergencies!

naruhena, Thanks! I love that picture of Naruto!

naruhena fangirl on March 25, 2009:

dude love the anami pics!

MLDina on March 25, 2009:

I'm one of the cell phone users who gave up my landline. I've seen the studies about what they can do to you, but there are so many harmful things in this world, my phone is the least of my worries. I use it for navigation (I get lost a lot) as well as communication. While I wish I wasn't so attached to it (can't leave home without it), I wouldn't want to give it up completely. You never know when you'll be in a situation where you don't have access to a phone (ie: drive home and get a flat on the interstate) but could use one, whether it's for convenience or safety.

AshleyVictoria from Los Angeles on March 24, 2009:

kari, great article! I often leave my cell phone at home because I hate feeling like I am always available to anyone. I am impressed that you do not own a cell phone, touche!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 24, 2009:

Cris, That's the best part of a love-hate relationship, you never know what tomorrow will bring!

Laughing Mom, That's too funny. I can just see you all! Poor Grandma!

Laughing Mom on March 24, 2009:

k@ri--once all us grandkids quit rolling on the floor, we had to fess up. She returned it to the store and they kept their usual routine of him calling her when he got back to the ranch house to find out if she needed anything on his way home.

The fact that my son will eventually be 12 sends chills down my spine.

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on March 24, 2009:

Good points you raised here and I have decided to burn the darn thing NOW! Ooops I have a changed of heart.... Maybe tomorrow :D

Really, it's a love-hate relationship :D

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 23, 2009:

I get a kick out of that video myself...except when I think that my 12 year old could be one of them!

I love the story about your grandpa's present. LOL! How long did it take her to find out it you needed to be close to the base?

Laughing Mom on March 23, 2009:

The video of the kids calling the lady in the shower was hilarious!

My grandpa used to work for a man who owned a huge wildlife refuge trapping coyotes and other predators all day. Back in the 80s, my grandma came home with this box all wrapped up and was excited to present grandpa with his "surprise". He opened it to find a cordless phone. "What's this for?" She told him she wanted him to take the phone with him to the ranch so she could reach him when she needed him. She didn't realize you had to be like 10 feet from the base!

Great article. I learned alot.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 23, 2009:

Netters, They are good in case of emergency. And I have also noticed the lack of payphones. That is a good observation!

Netters from Land of Enchantment - NM on March 23, 2009:

I remember when there were no cell phones. I never worried about breaking down back then because I knew I could walk to a payphone or stop at someone's house. It seem's I worry more now. I'm always asking myself before I leave the house "Where's the cell phone?" "Do I have it with me?" Of course I have noticed there aren't many payphones around anymore. Too many cell phones I guess.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 23, 2009:

Hi Iphigenia! Thanks for stopping by. Do they really have warnings against kids using cell phones in France? It said they do in the first video, but I wanted to verify.

Congratulations on being nominated for HubNuggets! I really enjoyed your hub, but I need to finish up watching the lecture. It is very, very interesting!

Iphigenia on March 23, 2009:

What a great Hub - and you make very important and valid points. I have a mobile phone but use it as a landline and I have a rule: I switch it off when I'm working - (reasoning : I work at home, but if I worked in an office, I would not be able to answer my home phone - therefore, I switch the moby off).

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 22, 2009:

Thanks TP! When I read the study, I was very perturbed. It was published a year ago! I work as a nurse and I haven't heard about it. Why are there warnings issued in 7 industrialized nations and none in the USA. On the surface, it's easy to believe that the cancer risk is a myth, but when I looked into it I found enough to say it probably isn't a myth. Why are we not concerned with the future of our country?

TP Gamarro from New Jersey on March 22, 2009:

Great Hub! Too many things are kept from the public and parents need to know the harm that can be caused by their children using cell phones. I think too many children today are using cell phones. I see them even younger than thirteen. My friends children have cell phones and they are only ten years old now tell me what does a ten year old need a cell phone for? If they need to be picked up from school then you should have that arranged ahead of time. As for adults habits are hard to break for some but hopefully they will start to at least keep them at a distance. Thank you for sharing this was a very good!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 22, 2009:

golden, I'm glad you are allowed to turn it off sometimes ( :)) smiling for your freedom)! I know how painful it is to be at someone's beck and call every minute. I think that is one more reason I no longer have one...spent too many years being there for the wrong people. Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

goldentoad from Free and running.... on March 22, 2009:

all very good points and if it were up to me, I would rid myself of the burden. very enjoyable read and yes, I got my phone off for now.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 22, 2009:

Elena, I agree it is the people, not the phones, that are the problem...I do not understand people who cannot show an ounce of common courtesy, but expect it in return! BTW your secret is safe with me! I love how you flout the law with such reckless abandon! LOL

Patty, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one disturbed by people walking and talking to imaginary beings (it seems). Hard to tell who is actually talking to the voices in their head and who is talking to the ones in their ears any more!

Rochelle, You are exactly correct to say the disappearance of bees may cause food shortages. A large portion of our food sources rely on bees to pollinate them. As far as I know man has not been able to find a suitable method of mass pollination that would exclude insects.

Money was the main reason I gave our cell phones up, the second was lack of privacy. Having grown up, and survived just fine, without cell phones makes them seem a luxury to me. A luxury I could no longer afford.

Jama, Your thoughts echo mine so closely, I had to laugh! I wonder who the other 8 people in America without cells are? Guess what, I have a corded land line also AND for the same reason. I only realized the brain tumor thing was not a myth when I researched for this hub. But it does give me good ammunition when my kids whine that they are the only ones they know with out one. I just tell them, yea, and you'll be the only ones with out cancer in 10 to 20 years...NOT what they want to hear.

Cell phones do have their uses, I just don't feel I need one. The study states that they are fairly benign if used is the constant, repeated use that is harmful. I am not against cell phones. I wrote this because HubMob was about mobile phones. I don't have one and I'm not looking to get one so I was not interested in writing about phones, accessories or plans. This was meant to be humorous, but I got mad that there have been no warnings to the American public that they have a high potential of being very dangerous to our children!

Peggy, I'm not advocating giving up cell phones completely, unless that fits with your life style. I'm just trying to make the point that they have their place.

To your second point, it is incomprehensible for me to understand the rudeness of some people!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2009:

I do own a cell phone but only have it for emergency purposes when traveling. Other than that, it is never on and all my friends know to call our home telephone if they want to reach me. For me, it would be easy to ditch totally, but my husband uses his for business purposes.

All the states should outlaw the use when people are driving!!! And the rudeness of people using theirs.........that is another subject!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 22, 2009:

I happen to be one of the 10 people left in America who don't have (and don't want) a cell.  What do I do in an emergency, say if my car breaks down?  Well, either walk to the nearest landline, or just ask the first person who stops if I can use their cell!  (I should mention I rarely leave town, so it's not like I'd break down on the side of the interstate miles from anywhere.) 

How do I live without a cell?  Easy.  There's absolutely no one - NO ONE - I need to talk to, or who needs to talk to me - while I'm in my car, a restaurant, a store or any of the other places I go after leaving home.  I carry a digital camera for taking the odd pic while I'm out.  Surf the net on a cell?  Not unless it comes with a magnifying glass!  Texting?  Why would anybody want to *type* messages when they can just call the person and *say* it? Kids, and mean little kids, having their own cell?  Only if it's programmed to call Mom, Dad, or 911 and no one else.  I worked in a cell company's call center and you wouldn't believe the number of parents who'd be shocked when they got their 7-yr-old's cell bill.  'But he was only supposed to use it for emergencies!'  Right...and you can pay that bill with the million dollars the Tooth Fairy is leaving under your pillow next week..

Cell phone use HAS become an addiction.  The only people who *really* need to carry one are people like my friend who has MS, so she can call 911 from her wheelchair if it ever gets stuck in the snow on the ramp to her house again like it did last year.  My thought for all others: if you were *really* as important as you think you are, you'd have a chaffeur and a personal shopper (and a manicurist who makes house calls).  Oh, did I mention I'm one of the 10 people left who still has a hard-wired land line?  Cordless phones are useless during a power outage.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on March 22, 2009:

Honey is important-- but the most important thing bees do is  pollinate crops. Major food shortages could result from loss of bees.

I think the main reason I'm (almost) giving mine up is cost. I ONLY turn it  on if I need to make a call when I am away from home. The month I realized I was paying $47 a month for service and had used ONE minute, I switched to a prepaid plan.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 22, 2009:

Bluetooth types of headseats make people seem to be talking to themselves and this is weird. And now everyone one the streets seems to have one and everyone is yappiong. can't anyone be quiet anymore? LOL

...and poor bees are being interefered with. What wuill we do without the honey we have found to have so many medicinal purposes?

Elena. from Madrid on March 22, 2009:

Hi again, k@ri -- About #6, there is a little key in every cell that reads "silence incoming", which should work wonders if one could, well, press it at the right times. There is also a function in all cells called "modes", which includes a "mute" mode. That would also work wonders :-) I think, just my personal opinion, that these two services alone prove it's not the cell that may be a problem, but the people using it inadequately. Tada!

BTW: I'm guilty AGAIN of showering naked. Don't rat me off with the Florida state!!! Laugh!

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 22, 2009:

multimastery, I think if you use them responsibly, you are fine. It's the people who don't that are the problem.

Hi Elena! I'm glad to hear you ignore it after work! So many people can't seem to ignore the phone when it rings. Phones are for our convenience, not theirs!

You are right, #6 may not be the reason to give it up...unless you are one of the ones who can't ignore it. Then you may run the risk of annihilation!

Elena. from Madrid on March 22, 2009:

Hey k@ri! I think all your reasons are pretty darned good, but I'll go with #8 :-)  Actually, I already do!!  I completely ignore the implement as I finish work every day and over the weekend! Laugh!

About #6, I don't know if it's a reason to give up your cell, but it's most certainly a reason to KILL the owner of one who does that *growl*!!!

multimastery on March 21, 2009:

Some people do not need cell phones at all! Someone almost hit me with their truck a few months back while trying to make a left turn and talk on their cell phone at the same time. People must be responsible with cellphone usage. I admit it may be getting out of hand for some. I do have one but I only use it seldomly and never when driving. That's what the voicemail is for so that folks can leave a message if it's that important.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 21, 2009:

Hi Teresa! According to that study that would be a good idea! I have to wonder why I never knew all that I found out researching this. I meant for it to be funny!

Sheila from The Other Bangor on March 21, 2009:

Dang. I'm going to keep mine at a distance.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 21, 2009:

Hey Tom, Thanks for stopping by. That's a very good point and one I should have used! :)

Tom rubenoff from United States on March 21, 2009:

It's funny how many of my 13-yr-old's movies have a happy ending in which the protagonist tosses their cell. Everybody knows they are a scurge.

Kari Poulsen (author) from Ohio on March 21, 2009:

People use cell phones for everything! I have friends who no longer maintain land lines, only cell phones. I read the study and it is pretty scary.

I can't believe they would search for their cells after having their nails painted. Even I know better than that! LOL!

mayhmong from North Carolina on March 21, 2009:

Great hub!

Cell phones should only be used in case of emergency or checking up on your kids and all. That's rather intesting with the brain tumor. There was a rumor that it may cause cancer too. And are you sure it really causes stupid sperm? LOL

Cell phones are rather annoying at the nail salon. These people would text and dig up for their cell phone after getting their nails painted?!

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