October 21, 2008 at 4:13 PM | Posted in Notes on Society | Leave a comment
Cell phone penetration in the US is 85%.  That means that for every 100 people, 85 have a cell phone.  300 million people in the US, 255 million have cell phones.  Amazing, huh?  Yeah.
We are in one of the lowest percentages of industrialized nations.  Hong Kong has 130%.  Luxomberg has 140%.  That means that for every 100 people, there are 140 cell phones.  Everyone has a cell phone, and 40% have two.  Honestly, what for?
In 1987 there were about1.2 million mobile phones in the US.  In 1997, about 55 million.  Remember that?  That was when people were just starting to really get them, about 10 years ago.

My 12-year old daughter has grown up in a world where there has always been cell phones, always been computers.  Where the TV has always had several hundred channels, and the internet has always been there.  There have always been debit cards.
She’s also grown up in a world that has always had terrorism.  Always had the danger of pedophiles and abductions.  Always had school shootings and children with guns.

I feel lucky that I grew up in the 70s in rural America.  The last golden age for childhood.  We didn’t know anything about the outside world.  We didn’t need to.  In the summer, we played outside all day, and our parents never knew where we were.  "Be home when the street lights come on!" was the call heard ’round the neighborhood.  We rode bikes without helmets, and had no fear.  An adult–any adult–was a source of comfort, information, and help.  A watchful eye and possibly a treat.  It was a great time to be a kid.
I know that it was in color, but why do I always remember the past in black and white? 


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