Does your 12-year-old own a Blackberry yet? (Give it time.)

When the Internet became widespread, everything changed. Suddenly you could answer any trivia question in less than thirty seconds. You could send a letter and receive a response to it in the same day. You could market yourself to an international audience for free. You could carry on real-time text-based conversations with anyone anywhere in the world without long-distance fees. You got carpal tunnel syndrome. You became impatient. You forgot to go outside.

When cell phones became widespread, everything changed. Suddenly “being on call” for work or family no longer meant being tethered to a landline. You could get quick roadside assistance when you got a flat tire, anywhere. You could leave personal voicemails without fear of the wrong person hearing them. You could have a conversation with anyone anywhere in the country without long-distance fees. You hated rural areas because you couldn’t get a signal. Your lover became obsessive about checking in. You became obnoxious in public.

Now, cell phones with Internet are becoming widespread, and everything is changing. Suddenly you can check your email while you are crossing the street. You can blog (and post pictures of) what you’re doing while you’re doing it, and get immediate feedback on it from friends across the planet. You no longer need to ask for directions. You can answer any trivia question in less than thirty seconds while out for dinner with friends. You can have a voice conversation with anyone anywhere in the world without long-distance fees. You get into more car accidents. You perceive a half-hour delay in communication as a sign that your friend is tired of you. You stop paying attention to what’s actually happening right next to you altogether. You justify this by saying that you can’t be expected to do everything at once.

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5 Responses to “Does your 12-year-old own a Blackberry yet? (Give it time.)”

  1. jenks Says:

    that was awesome!

    i wish you’d write more often. i love these. :)

  2. MEEEEE. Says:

    Well, im 12, and getting one.

  3. 12 yar old girl Says:

    well I’m turning 12 tomorrow and I asked my parents for a Blackberry for my birthday they said no but they said I could get one for Christmas. I think it’s fair for kids to have expensive phones as long as they are responsible enough to take care of them, then it shouldn’t be a problem

  4. boy Says:

    im 12 and i got the new new new curve :P TAKE THAT ADULTS!

  5. Haha jealous adults! Says:

    hahahahahahahaha guess what jealous adults???? im getting a blackberry in like 3 months (january) so take that :D im getting a bold 9780 hahahahaha!!! hate all you want, i dont careee!!!! haaahahahahahaah jealous haters, !! haha