I decided that 2016 was my LAST year with a cell phone! I called AT&T, set the disconnect date for 12-31-2016 and set up a land line with TWC which included Internet. I saved lots of money! Approximately $520.00 per year. But that is not the point. The point was the STRESS!! I am almost 46 years old and somehow survived all this time (barring the past 10 years) without a cell phone and that includes living in Los Angeles in my twenties! Why do people, a significant number of whom did not have one up until say 10 or 12 years ago, all of a sudden find it impossible to fathom life without a cell phone? Let's all remember back 15 or 16 years and recollect the life we had with a home phone....and an address book......we survived, I dare say we thrived, and we were the majority!! And with my land line I now have an answering machine which states that I will return your call a.s.a.p. usually within 1-2 business days. This is my way of reminding people that a 30 second response time is NOT NORMAL. Why did cell phones usher in the idea that you ARE ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO BE AVAILABLE? For those of us old enough to remember, a 1-2 day response has always been acceptable and normal allowing people to have a life not always under fire and on demand. We used to leave messages for people and not expect an answer or return call for days. No problem! But not now! Now, immediate isn't fast enough! And if you are a texter, please note the person you are texting may actually be busy DOING something, so again, practice some patience, stop sending more texts, and understand a 15 second response time is unrealistic, stressful, demanding, a bit self-centered, and contributes to the imbalance of lives. Seriously!!
It is completely possible and quite peaceful, to live with a home phone only, but no ad will tell you that one! Just me and I highly suggest giving it a try! I am on month 10 and I no longer jump when my phone rings, I have NO distractions when I am driving, no pressure demands from texts, and a lovely machine that answers my phone for me! Ahhhhhhh......bliss! I hope life doesn't change and facilitate the "need" for a cell phone ever again... for now I will continue to enjoy the simplicity of a cell free life!
I challenge you to try if for 1 week and let me know how it goes.