Saturday, December 23, 2006

Hours on the telephone

I swear I am going to start shutting off my phone for at least a part of my day. I spend way too many hours with my ear to the thing and hopefully won't get a brain tumor or something as some research suggests will happen with long-term cell phone exposure!

In only one year I have accumulated 9487 of mostly incoming phone calls. That adds up to 1240 hours 18 minutes and 32 seconds since January 2, 2006!

When I first got the cell phone, my daughter said that I was then going to become what she calls a "phone whore"...which means that I would be at the beckon call of the phone ringer...and that has indeed happen. I am constantly checking my phone for messages, if it rings I feel compelled to answer it. If I let it ring and not answer it, I still have to check to see who called. I have even gotten into the text messaging even though I said I wasn't going to. (That can add up moneywise.) I live for the phone. At the same time I HATE the phone. I am hating it a lot lately. It rings and I cringe but at the same time I don't want to make my family and friends sad/mad for not answering them.

I think I really need to set up so many hours in a day to shut the damn thing off and only answer urgent messages. I think I am going to start doing that. If I leave it on and hear the ring (I have my phone set up for a different ring for each person), I feel guilty if I don't answer, so have to pick up. If I don't hear it, I won't have the guilt thing. That is my New Year's resolution...limit my time on the phone and to get over the guilt when I choose not to answer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Uma said

I hate the phone and if it were at all possible, would keep my distance from it. I started hating it 20 years ago when in my hurry to answer it (straight out of a bath) I slipped on wet feet, fell and cracked a bone. Am really very good at cracking bones, as you have probably figured from my blog!