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#1 Old 01-22-2004, 12:43 AM
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Love it. Hate it. Need it. Americans are ambivalent about their cell phones, TV sets and the like. They rely on such everyday technology, but it drives them nuts.



At the top of the list? The cell phone.



An annual Massachusetts Institute of Technology survey, known as the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, found that among adults asked what invention they hate most but can't live without, 30 percent said the cell phone.



Alarm clocks were a close second, with 25 percent, followed by the television with 23 percent and razors with 14 percent. Microwave ovens, computers and answering machines also earned spots as detested technology.



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#2 Old 01-22-2004, 01:43 AM
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The cell phone is extremely convenient for me. If I need to drive 30 minutes to get to work some days, I can get a phone call or two in, also, instead of doing it later when I'm at home and have other things to do. Also, in case of emergencies or last-minute change-of-plans, it is very nice to have.



On the downside, I can't stand it when people call me on my cell phone without trying my home phone first and/or when they call me on my cell phone and it's not an urgent matter. I don't do it to them!
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I like all that stuff.



How could anyone hate a microwave? They're so handy.
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I just hate cell phone drivers, too many times have I almost got in an accident from a driver not paying attention, and on the cell phone.



I wish they made hands free a necessity when driving.
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I do have a hands-free device but don't always use it. I never take my eyes off the road when I'm on my cell phone, even when dialing. I don't understand why people seem to have so many problems doing two things at once, or maybe people just assume that the person isn't paying attention because of the cell phone when it could just be their driving skills.
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Cell phones- When I had one I loved it, very convenient especially when my car broke down in the middle of Gary Indiana. However, I think there is a time and a place for making calls. I don't want to over hear someone arguing with their significant on the commuter train, breaking up with thier girlfriend in a coffeehouse, begging mom for money in the grocery store, ringer going off every 5 seconds with the same 50 cent song at deafening levels while I'm trying to watch LOTR.... I could go on and on.



There are trade offs with all technology, while solving one problem technology often creates new problems.
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Its weird that a razor would be a detested invention.



Many people think that hairlessness is a necessary thing for beauty.



Then again, many people actually hate the process of shaving, so I guess I can see it.
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I mostly just use my cell phone for car emergencies.

Rarely is mine even on.
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I love my cell phone. I got rid of my home phone, and just have the cell now. I travel A LOT taking my kids back and forth to their dads and in the winter time there is nothing like knowing you have a link to people when you are on the road. Also, I never had long distance on my phone as up here it is ridiculously expensive, so my kids can call their dad, grandparents and I can talk to friends that don't live near by. yay!
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I do have a hands-free device but don't always use it. I never take my eyes off the road when I'm on my cell phone, even when dialing. I don't understand why people seem to have so many problems doing two things at once, or maybe people just assume that the person isn't paying attention because of the cell phone when it could just be their driving skills.



Studies have shown that people talking on cell phones while driving are just as dangerous as people driving drunk. Only for as long as they are talking on the phone, of course.



Of course, I don't know what studies, or where to find verification... I heard this on a news show a couple years ago.
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I use my microwave when I drive!
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