The Trouble With My Cell Phone By Christina Applebaum I remember the first time I realized my cell phone was a problem. I had broken down at night on a rural road without much traffic. I spent the first half hour trying to get a hold of someone to come and help me on my cell phone. I wasn't having much luck, at this time not everyone I knew had cell phones yet and I couldn't find anyone who was home. Then it happened, my cell phone died! (Don't ask why I didn't have a car charger because I don't remember. Cell phones were pretty new and I don't remember if I ever had a car charger with my first one) I spent the next hour in the car watching it get darker and growing increasingly more anxious. Finally another car came along and I managed to flag them down, I told them my cell phone had died and I couldn't call anyone. They handed me their cell phone to use ans I was so happy for a total of 5 seconds. I was happy until I realized I didn't know a single phone number from my phone by heart! I remember feeling like such an idiot and wishing I hadn't mentioned my phone to them at all. How was this even possible? I used to know every phone number I had by heart, and if I did forget one I used to have them all written down and had that list with me. They ended up just giving me a ride to my Mom's house but I was so embarrassed! I swore I would not be caught in that situation again and I would write down all the numbers and keep then with me. Now I can't remember if I did that like I swore I would so many years ago, but I can tell you that I don't have such a list now. (Perhaps after I finish this I should make one). The fact of the matter is I still don't know a single number in my phone. You used to remember them because you had to actually dial the number to call someone. Depending on how often you called a person you eventually knew the number by heart from repeatedly dialing it - you couldn't not know it. Now you just tap a name on your phone and it connects you. In short having a cell phone makes me dumber. I am dependent on it and I don't like it, I don't even have a house phone because its just cheaper to have the one. They are supposed to make our lives better but for the reason I have given plus many, many more, I just don't think that is the case. What are some of your pet peeves about cell phones? I would love to hear them.