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The Pitfall of Cell Phones

February 01, 2005

Cell Phone Lost, Found, All in Thrilling Four Minute Period

"All of a sudden, my phone was gone!" said Labaton, 20, who was walking to her 5:10 General Chemistry lecture when she realized the cell phone was no longer in her right pants pocket. "I was like, 'Oh shit!' I looked through my coat and dug through my entire backpack, but it wasn't anywhere."

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Oh my god, hasn't this totally happened to you? You, like, panic because, oh my god, you are going to miss the twenty calls from your mom, two from your boyfriend, one from that cute guy you met at the mall last week, three from your distraught sister, six from your distraught best friend, and oh my god, what are you going to do??? You might, like, die or something!!!

I was going to use this space to make a commentary about how cell phones are primarily evil blahblahblah but instead I have a story for you:

The other evening in class, around 8 p.m., someone's cell phone started vibrating. Now, you would think that with a cell phone set to silent the noise of its vibrations wouldn't distract a class, I mean, at least the dang thing isn't ringing with your snazzy new Destiny's Child midi-style song that you downloaded from the internet last week, right?

So the phone's vibrating, making a suprisingly loud vibration noise disrupting the class as everyone looks around accusingly trying to figure out the source of the sound. People on one side of the classroom thought it was coming from the other side of the classroom and vica versa. Finally after a few disturbing loud vibrating noises, the phone stops and class resumes as normal.

Now the embarrassing part: it was my phone!

I mean, I didn't know at the time because well, half the time I don't even remember that I have my phone with me and pretty much the only person who ever calls me doesn't call until around 9:30 or later. And since I never answer my cell phone anyway, I figured no one would be calling me. But, oh no, I was wrong. When I looked at my phone later that night I saw a missed call had occured at exactly the time in question. Oops.

Don't you hate it when you forget to turn off your ringer before you go to class? It's like the new embarrassment of the technological age... and now, apparently, cell phones have vibrations so powerful [no comment] that the sound can disrupt a class. Weird.

Moira at 10:38 PM :: Comments (3) :: ::

Same thing happened to me the other day except that I had the ringer on...loud. I didn't think of turning it off either because my friend *knew* I was in class at that time.

I'm horrible with my cell phone. Some of my friends tote them everywhere they go and have them at all times. Literally. Me- mine's usually shoved in my purse upstairs so even when it does ring, I never hear it.

Posted by: Nessa at February 2, 2005 10:31 AM

I avoided cell phones for the longest time because I insisted that they were "the devil." (I say that a lot about many different things actually.. I'm kinda weird, if you hadn't noticed!) A

nyway... I finally caved this summer because I was working nights in a place completely by myself and driving home with a crappy car that broke down one too many times. I have one of those stupid prepaid jobbies and the most I do with it is talk for a few minutes or send text messages (oh i looove text messages!).

Cell phones are pretty much ubiquitous these days.. who doesn't have a cell phone? I read an article not to long about debating about whether an eight year old kid should have a cell phone or not.. freaky!

And.. cell phones would have been soooo useful all those times I was stranded at my high school with no ride and no quarter. Geez.

Posted by: moira at February 2, 2005 01:17 PM

Mine's with me all the time, but I set it to either vibrate or silent (in silent mode it just flashes the little light, and later tells me I missed a call). The vibrations can be really odd for anyone that's not expecting a cell phone to just dance its way across a desk. (I think Julie Young may have written a blog about academic computer labs and cell phones last year... check that out--you'd like her writing style :-)

Posted by: Karissa at February 2, 2005 05:54 PM
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