More Cell Phones than Humans in the US

Apparently, there are now more cell phones than humans in the United States. Frankly, I was a bit surprised. I suppose I shouldn’t be, what with many people in business carrying a phone for their job in addition to their personal phone. I guess I’m just surprised because I still know some people who go without a cell phone, which means that the business types more than make up for those who don’t even have one.

This reminds me of when computers were becoming popular. I say that as if I am old enough to remember not having a computer in the household, but I do remember entirely DOS based computing and that horrific green-and-black screen. We had our first computer (to my memory) when I was about four, though perhaps a little younger. Through the years we kept up with computers, and by the time my junior year of high school came around, I got my very first laptop. The thing was expensive and had the power (roughly) of what we would rather call a netbook today (and weighed twice as much as a netbook). Since then, I’ve owned a netbook, two desktops, and another laptop. Add to that two different iPhones, a tablet (HP Touchpad), and gaming consoles that are powerful enough to be considered computers, and the world has come a long way.

Obviously, I’m not the norm. I’m a bit of a gadget nut, so I don’t expect everyone to have as many computers as I end up having. But, it is rare for a college-aged student to not have a laptop of some sort. Even if it is old, they likely have one. It is just part of the experience.

Cell phones are like that, at least for my generation and younger. I didn’t get my first cell phone until after I had graduated high school, but a ton of people I knew had them much younger. It becomes more and more common for kids to have cell phones at earlier ages. It’s rare now to see a high school student who isn’t texting his or her friends all day.

The point of all this is mostly to keep us abreast of what is happening to our lives day-by-day. In a world where “text me” has replaced “call me” and “Facebook me” has replaced…well, nothing, really. (In fact, we seem to be inventing space to fit these things that we have invented. What niche did Facebook fill, or did it create its own niche?) In short, let’s remember that technology is not our end-all, though we do have to be aware that it is a major part of our lives. Whether we like it or not, cell phones now actually outnumber us. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wait for my download of iOS 5 to begin for my iPhone.

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J.F. Arnold

James received his MA in Philosophy of Religion at Talbot School of Theology in 2013. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University, and is a graduate and perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James blogs on a number of subjects, including technology, theology, and hip-hop. He has written for Biola’s Center for Christianity, Culture, & the Arts, The Gospel Coalition, and he is an editor for Mere Orthodoxy. You can also keep up with him on Twitter (@jamesfarnold).