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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
TITLE: Necessity or Nuisance
By Sherry A. Jackman
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What it should not be used for is for idle chatter while driving down the road. If your driving isn’t your first priority and the phone call cannot wait, pull over some place safe and make the call, and continue with your driving only after it is completed.
Cell phones are also a good way to keep in touch with loved ones who travel away from home or who move around a lot. I have a precious Christian brother who has MS and has issues that keep him moving from place to place over the last few years. Since he has a cell phone, this is an excellent way for me to keep in touch with him. Being a single woman, it is not always practical or appropriate to visit even a Christian male friend in his dwelling. Thanks to the telephone, we are able to visit every now and then via phone. I was one of two people who called up and sang Happy Birthday to him on his 66th birthday. Even a man of 66 needs encouragement from a loving sister in the Lord.
My parents have a cell phone as their only phone and it is good to be able to keep in touch with them when they travel a lot or when they go to the doctor; they can call me and let me know what the medical results are right away without having to wait till they get back home to a phone.
Telephones should not be used to harass people or try to sell them something. Thanks to mass marketing lists and other technology, such as computer generated dialing, these types of calls are extremely intrusive as well as annoying. People using telephones for soliciting should remember that the person who pays the phone bill is in charge of what they choose to receive in the way of incoming calls. Sometimes we forget that. I try to be courteous when calling a friend or relative and understand that they have other priorities besides just talking to me on the phone. Some of us phone addicts need to be careful to not call our loved ones too often, but stop and think if a post card or letter would do just as well in keeping in touch.
Telephones are also a way for employers with job openings to contact qualified applicants for employment. Someone I know has a well known comedian on his cell phone greeting. When you call this person, you are subjected to a lengthy dialogue, a lot of which is totally unprofessional and annoying. This same individual fails to understand why he doesn’t get calls for work or is unable to hold a job. As a loving friend, I tried to point out the negativity surrounding this particular comedian that he has on his cell phone greeting, and have even suggested that maybe it is a big turn off for a prospective employer when that is his only phone. My advice fell on deaf ears. I often won’t even leave a message on this individual’s cell phone, as the minute I hear this obnoxious comedian, I disconnect the call.
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