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BURRISS: Are we running machines, or are the running us?

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I flew to California recently, and before we took off a flight attendant had to remind a couple of passengers several times to turn their cell phones off. Then when we landed, and before we even got off the plane, at least a dozen passengers were on their cell phones or other mobile device.

How did we get into such a state that we became so dependent on these machines? I don’t want to sound like a Luddite, but are emails and phone calls really so important they can’t wait a few minutes?

I thought all of these electronic marvels were supposed to make our lives easier. They were supposed to be great time savers. They were supposed to be uncomplicated. But instead they are more like electronic tethers.

You know those ankle bracelets criminals wear so they can be tracked? Well, is there really any difference between those and your satellite phone? I bet as soon as the phone rings you drop whatever you’re doing and look at it to see who’s calling. So who is really tied down? No matter where you are, they can find you. Just like you were a crook with a monitoring device on you ankle.

I took a long trip this past summer, and one of my co-workers asked if I would be able to get cell phone calls. And I thought, I’m going on vacation, and there is nothing that important that they will need to find me.

Now, some of you might be saying, “Well, you must not be important enough to be getting any up-to-the minute e-mails or phone calls.”

But, you know what I discovered? That the really important people don’t carry cell phones at all. Do you really think the governor or the president are checking their emails every two hours? Of course not. So I figure if anyone has something to say, they can wait until I can get back to them.

What we’re talking about here is all those cell phone, tablet and laptop people being upset because a machine might not be available. A machine. I thought we were supposed to run them. It seems to me like the machines are running us instead.

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March 02, 2014 at 8:27am
"But, you know what I discovered? That the really important people don’t carry cell phones at all." This something that I agree with totally. There are very few people who must be "on call". Most of the ill mannered who carry on cell phone conversations in public are gossips.
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