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God Damned Young People and Their Cell Phones Make Me Furious!

The problem with young people today is that they all have cell phones.

Back when I was a boy, we didn’t carry phones with us. In my day phones weighed 10 pounds, had rotary dials and were firmly attached to your father’s desk. They were phones of substance, damn it. 

We young people weren’t allowed to use the phone. Ever. It was there for emergencies or special occasions like the death of a relative. If I had ever told my dad I wanted to cart a phone around with me he would have strapped a phone booth to my back, kicked my ass out the back door and told me to call him when I got to Hell.

In my day, if you wanted to talk to a friend you walked across the street and spoke to him in person. Archaic? Perhaps. But it was free and it didn’t give you brain cancer.

But these young people today. You’d swear they had cell phones grafted into their palms at birth. They walk down the street blathering away on their blueberries and blacktooths like a bunch of chattering howler monkeys out on a day pass from the zoo. 

And what they Hell are they talking about all the time anyway? Last time I checked, young people had nothing of consequence to say, no opinion worthy of vocalizing and no ideas that weren’t half-baked, half-witted or completely half-assed. 

If I wanted to listen to inane teen banter I’d go talk to the staff at Old Navy.  I sure as Hell don’t need to listen to the idiotic musing of every young person riding the Downtown 34 Express bus. You know what? I don’t care what dumbass boy you “like,” what flavour lip gloss you’re wearing, or want to be subjected to your moronic debate on the relative merits of the new Hannah Montana moving picture.

Here’s an incoming message for you:  “Shut the Hell up, you’re annoying me.”

It’s a terrible disgrace and the death of decent conversation. The young people should hang up their phones, button their mouths and just listen for a while. They may damned well learn something.

They all have cell phones. That’s the problem with young people today.

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  1. 12:41 pm

    Hi, don.

    Mi 7 year old daugther is asking for a cell phone for herself. I’ll not give any cell phone. I think it is more important that she employs her time learning how to cook and clean the house. A damned cell phone will not help her to survive or succeed in her life.

    • 3:34 pm

      A 7 year old wanting a cell phone? Unless she does a fair bit of business travel I’d have a hard time understanding the need. Seems to me that when I was seven my friends and I were still at the tin can and a piece of string stage.

      Keep an eye on that girl, Valerie! And hold the course.

      All the best

      Don

    • 11:51 pm

      Cooking and cleaning will help her survive?

  2. Sander permalink
    1:12 pm

    No cell phone here, and I completely agree with you. Some people are too obsessed with “keeping in touch”.

    • 3:36 pm

      Glad to hear you’re phone-free, Sander. You’re better off lad and it will serve you well in the long-run.

      Regards

      Don

  3. 1:29 pm

    I am guilty as charged, indeed owning a cell phone. I do however make a point of answering my texts in no less than two or three days, and thus some of the feeling of a nice, hand-written letter is preserved. With the cost of stamps being what they are these days, I find it a cheaper compromise.

    Oh, and don’t get me started on the people who use these “hands-free” dohickeys. In my day, people who walked aimlessly in the streets, yapping into thin air were a thing to avoid, and most likely ready for an extended vacation in a padded cell in serene country scenery. When you can’t tell the difference between teenager and escaped psychiatric patient, what is this world coming to?

    • 4:57 pm

      Nice to see you TJ.

      I agree wholeheartedly on the hands free front.

      I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve prepared myself for some kind of lunatic attack only to discover that it was actually a young person yapping away into one of those damned ear phones. They look like 1912 vintage hearing aids to me.

      Inconsiderate if you ask me. Impersonating a crazy person is cruel, easy and cheap.

      All the best,

      Don

      • 4:35 am

        Thank you very much, Mr. Mills, always a pleasure.

    • 4:04 pm

      Don – It irritates me even more than a cell phone call when I receive “thank you/happy birthday/etc by email. No time to be polite & need to take care of such “irritants” instantly? It’s rude & low class. What happened to handwritten notes/letters? My father sent me an email when my mother died…if he’d had a cell phone he’d have texted me. I don’t own a cell phone – surprise, surprise. Had ‘em – hated ‘em. Personally, I choose my privacy over being available to the world 24/7. Don’t answer my landline much either. We passed notes in school – worked fine w/out texting. Sorry – I don’t need to go thru my life taking pictures of it. Detest answer machines too – if someone wasn’t available you called back later. Moreover I think a car should have keys & not beep at me. A crusty old lady…

      • J. Perry permalink
        9:35 pm

        Maybe, your father sent you an e-mail because you don’t answer your phone.

  4. 1:29 pm

    The problem with Donald Mills today is that he writes all his posts the same way.

    Back in the beginning of the blog his post format sounded fresh and funny but it became annoying very fast – like a “Will it blend” video intro. These wasted minutes of reading the same sentence over and over again will never come back.

    He repeats himself. That’s the problem with Donald Mills today.

    • 1:53 pm

      In Mr. Mills defence, with teenagers these days either having their attention spans crippled by MTV or hearing destroyed by rap tunes on their iPods, things have to be repeatedly hammered into their skulls in a loud, clear voice. I suspect these things become habitual, and who can blame him?

    • 2:07 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Sesarr.

      I appreciate the honest criticism lad and like the way you phrased it. It’s familiar to me and I find that comforting. I suppose I take a little too much comfort in the familiar but it’s who I am and I don’t expect I’ll change.

      All the best and, again, many thanks for the comment.

      Don

      • Lynn permalink
        8:12 pm

        I always get a kick out of your posts. I think you are entertaining and it’s perfectly obvious that you speak what others feel. Right on “Leaning Tower of Geezer”! I love ya!

        • 7:32 pm

          Welcome Lynn.

          I normally don’t go for nicknames but I have to admit I’m rather fond of the “Leaning Tower of Geezer.”

          Many thanks

          Don

      • 2:13 pm

        Don, you know another problem with young people today is they can act very arrogant, sassy and disrespectful to their elders. Another thing they don’t realize is that they can actually leave people alone if they don’t like them.

    • Sandy permalink
      5:22 pm

      you know Sesarr, whatever the heck kind of name that is (and I see you left no link back to yourself) you know some things need repeating, did you hear me, some things need repeating.
      I honestly do not find Don repeating himself! You gotta admit, you gotta admit (oh darn there I go repeating myself) this stuff is funny and proves a point.
      now go and text your friends about it (oooops, sorry)

    • John McConroe permalink
      5:12 am

      God forbid the man is actually developing his own writing style.
      Some people wouldn’t know good entertaining writing even if it stung them in the butt.

  5. Friar permalink
    2:13 pm

    I was on a ski vacation a few years back. It was a beautifal day, I was eating lunch at the restaurant on top of the ski hill.

    Buncha teenagers come in, and sit down at the table next to me. I figured they’d order food, and start getting boisteroius and exchanging stories about the great morning of snow-boarding they just had…

    Nope. The first thing they did was get out their cell phones and start text-messaging. The whole table was quiet, all these kids frantically pushing tiny buttons with their thumbs…

    For Chrissakes, can’t you spend a few hours OFF the GRID, and just enjoy fresh air and the outdoors?

    Nope. I guess it was more important to tell OTHER people what they were doing, rather than talk to their friends who were sitting RIGHT THERE.

    (Well, who knows? Maybe they WERE texting each other.)

    That’s…just…SAD.

    • 1:20 am

      Thanks Friar. I’ve seen that kind of behavior too – though not at a ski resort – and it boggles the mind and is more than a little eerie. It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie

      Nice to see you, Friar. Hope all is well.

      Don

  6. 2:41 pm

    Yep.

    I do have to disagree that it’s just the kids, though. My poor wife manages a group home, and has a cell phone for work. Don’t you know, that damned thing never stops ringing. Her staff call her all the time, whining that they can’t come in because their kids are sick, or their car broke down, or it’s this or it’s that, or it’s another damned thing.

    I can’t tell you how many times someone my age (and even older) have damned near run me off the road because they were talking on their cell phone and not paying attention to what they were doing.

    Cell phones. They’re a big part of what is wrong with society today.

    Not just the damned kids.

    Oh. Bah! Damned cell phones!

    • 1:21 am

      Nice to see you again Rick.

      Sounds like your wife manages a challenging bunch of employees. In fact, they sound remarkably like young people! (Just a guess.)

      Back when I was working I didn’t call the boss with some lame excuse if my car broke down or toast burnt or I had a runny nose. I damned well hauled my ass into work by hook or by crook, shut my mouth and was grateful to be employed.

      Take care now

      Don

  7. Jenny permalink
    4:11 pm

    My 10 year old niece and nephews both have their own cell phones. They text a lot but they don’t run around attached to them. They also have limits on who their allowed to call– my niece mostly calls her grandmother.

    This being said, I have to buy my own phone when I was 17 years old. I had a job and an income so my parents made me pay for it myself. I admit that I’m one of those people who does not leave the house without my phone. I feel very disconnected without it and when I don’t have my phone I’m constantly afraid I’m going to be in an accident and be unable to call 911. And Don, don’t tell me that if I were to wreck that someone would politely pull over and help me. I was in an accident in February and my car had just finished spinning around on the expressway– and cars just kept passing me. No one attempted to help me.

    The more I think about it though, the more I think cellphones are to blame for this. Everyone probably assumed I had a phone and could take care of myself. I don’t think that’s an excuse to ignore someone in need. Oh, I don’t know Don– I love my phone but I think they’re also part of the reason no one talks face to face anymore.

    Sorry this response is so crazy. I’m very torn about my phone now.

    • 1:29 am

      Nice to hear from you Jenny.

      You see the kind of havoc they are wreaking? A sensible young teacher like you thrown into an emotional quandry all because of these damned phones.

      It’s not right, damn it.

      Don

  8. downcastmysoul permalink
    4:49 pm

    I’ll come right out and say the cell phone is the tool of the devil. I hate them and the “texting” more than anything. It seems as if people cannot be alone for one second anymore. They have to be connected to the grid 24/7. I could go on and on why I truly hate cell phones but it’s beyond the scope of this blog.

    • 1:46 am

      Jesus, downcastmysoul, sorry if I touched a nerve there. My apologies.

      Nice to see us agreeing though. I was getting a touch concerned after your heavy metal disclosure and all that talk of tongue piercings.

      Concerned, but not alarmed. I knew that deep down you were a sensible lass.

      All the best,

      Don

  9. 5:08 pm

    LOL, once again, very funny. My dog ate my cell phone charger last week and consequently, not being able to charge my phone, I have been without a cell phone for the same amount of time. I must say that this is great. The liberation one gets from owning a cell phone is nothing like the liberation of not hearing a ring every 5 minutes and at all hours of the night. I’m sure I have a thousand messages by now, but, I don’t really care.

    • Lynn permalink
      8:14 pm

      Free at last, Good God Almighty you’re free at last! Wish I was.

    • 7:24 pm

      Good Lord, Eric, man’s best friend indeed.

      Hope the pup didn’t suffer any long term damage. Can’t imagine that a cell phone charger is part of any recommended k9 diet.

      Regards.

      Don

  10. downcastmysoul permalink
    5:16 pm

    I sent the comment to the wrong post. That ear piece is a blue tooth. They did not get that from eating blue candy.

  11. Sandy permalink
    5:24 pm

    Don you are on a roll! I never laughed so hard, well except for the previous post, and the post before that, etc…….
    Thanks for making my day! Your brilliant and hilarious!

  12. The Fark Knight permalink
    5:48 pm

    I had to beg for my first ever cell phone at 15. And to this day my father reminds of the fact that I lost it within a month. That reminder has sure kept me in my place.

    Hope it goes easier when I have brats of my own…

    -Fark Knight

    • 7:31 pm

      Thanks for visiting Fark Knight.

      Your dad sounds like a good man. Constantly reminding youngsters of their previous mistakes is a cornerstone of decent parenting. That and unconditional love.

      It can be a difficult balance to strike!

      Best of luck with your brats. If you take a page out of your dad’s playbook you should be just fine.

      Thanks

      Don

  13. 8:14 pm

    You’re my new hero. When I grow up I want to be just like you.

    I am 49 years old. How much older do I have to be before I can officially be a crabby old fart?

    I can’t wait to yell “Get off my lawn” at the neighbor kids.

    • 8:29 pm

      I’m younger than you are, by a decade, and I already scream psychotically at the neighborhood teenagers (and some of the adults) to get off my damned yard!

      I like to think of myself as a curmudgeon- I don’t think you get to regard yourself as “crabby” till you hit your late 50′s, early 60′s. Then, you earn the title.

      Of course, I a curmudgeonly 39 year old. What do I know?

    • 7:42 pm

      Welcome, myiq2xu, and thanks for your comment.

      I tend to side with Rick the Curdmugeon and would suggest that to be a real crab you are looking at late 50’s or early 60’s – but I pride myself on having an open mind and generous spirit.

      So, if you feel you have the right stuff, I’d suggest that your upcoming 50th might be the perfect opportunity to officially adopt the title and start laying into those damned young people.

      Hope to see you again, lad.

      Don

  14. Gerard permalink
    8:37 pm

    I can agree with most of this one, Don. I barely ever talk on my cell phone. I use it for other things, like text-messaging, instant messaging, GPS, Googling things, emergencies, etc. Although I’m guessing you disagree with SMS/IM, I find it better than speaking orally when out. If I’m home and I need to call someone, I’ll use Skype. I never have conversations on the phone while traveling.

    However, I have to slightly disagree with when you say “In my day, if you wanted to talk to a friend you walked across the street and spoke to him in person.” For some people, this may be true, but society has changed a lot since you were young and it’s not so easy to do this anymore. I personally have no friends that live close to me, as I attend a county school in an urban area where kids come from many different towns and cities. In fact, I only know one other person who lives in MY ENTIRE TOWN that goes to my school…and I don’t even like him (you wouldn’t either).

    All in all, though, I agree with you on this one. We might just be on a roll again.

    Gerard

    • 8:03 pm

      Good to see you back, Gerard.

      Glad we are in agreement but I have to confess that I didn’t understand a great deal of your first paragraph. I know what “Googling” is (Hattie, my PSW, has been showing me some computer tricks) but SMS/IM, instant messaging etc., are all pretty foreign concepts to me.

      I suppose that things have changed with friends too but I can’t say I understand that either. When I was a kid all of your friends lived on your block and you all went to the same school. It was simple and seemed to make a lot of sense. But…you’re a good lad so I’ll take you at your word.

      By the way, Gerard, Hattie played some of that “Aesop Rock” for me and now it’s my turn to disagree with you. Sorry, son, but I could only manage about 30 seconds of it before I started to feel dizzy and needed to shut it off and lie down for a while. Just not my cup of tea at all I’m afraid.

      Best regards,

      Don

  15. 8:45 pm

    Don

    You might be a crazy old man, but I 100% agree with you. All these dam contranptions and gadgets…if you drive and talk on the phone YOUR AN IDIOT…If you do anything that requires not to talking on the phone at the time YOUR AN IDIOT regardless of age….its the parents don why in the name of all that is holy and right would a parent buy or EVEN THINK ABOUT buying a phone for young child….here timmy here is phone dont worry about being rude to people and make bad decisions that parent ought to be PUNCHED IN THE SIDE OF THE HEAD……great post don thanks for putting it in the light…..Zman sends

    • 8:11 pm

      Damn it Zman, I like you.

      You may be a crazy young pup but you’ve always got something of interest to say.

      Last time out you told me to stop complaining and this time around you’re back on side. I like a lad with strong opinions and a willingness to call it as he sees it.

      Great comment, Zman, and good to hear from you again.

      All the best

      Don

      • Austin permalink
        7:54 pm

        When I was helping an old teacher( literally in age and actually) of mine to move , she was constantly on the cell phone while she was driving. I thought I would die.

        The problem is with all ages with the phones, and even though I have a cell phone, I barely use it anyways.

  16. lily permalink
    10:51 pm

    Dear Don,

    You’re not wrong; damn young people and their cell phones drive me to distraction too.

    I’m starting to think I must be older than you, Mr Mills, because back in my day, the telephone was a huge wooden contraption mounted vertically on the wall with real bells, that you had to stand up to use.

    http://www.chevroncars.com/learn/img-old/old-telephone.jpg

    One didn’t dial a number; one cranked a generator on the side, lifted the ear piece and waited for the operator (always a woman) to ask you what number you wanted. You then told her the number eg 3298 and she would say “Hold the line, please, and I will put you through”. Not many people had the telephone so there weren’t that many numbers to ask for.

    It was certainly never used for anything frivolous, like “chatting”. If we wanted to chat to someone (we called it chin wagging) you went and leant over the fence for a good ole natter with the neighbour.

    Incidently, chatting was frowned upon. If we talked too much, we were labelled “chatter boxes”.

    Lily Fossil

    • 1:40 am

      Many thanks Lily,

      We never had one of the older model phones you describe but I remember seeing them a fair bit. It may have been due to the fact that we didn’t have a phone in our house until I was 7 or 8. Before that, my old mom would just open the window, stick her head out and call down the street.

      Always so nice to hear from you Lily. Your comments take me back to a simpler time.

      All the best

      Don

  17. calculate900 permalink
    11:00 pm

    I’ve noticed your father was quite the disciplinarian. He’s done a great job at keeping his children in line, though.

    I have a cell phone, but I hardly use it. I never text, I never talk too long, and I prefer casual face-to-face conversation, anyway.

    • 1:42 am

      Hello calculate900,

      Yes, my old dad was firm but fair. My mom too. She could do things with a kitchen utensil that would make your hair stand on end. In some ways, getting disciplined by dad was preferred.

      Face-to-face conversation is the way to go, son. Toss in a handshake and you’ve got every communication tool you need right there.

      Regards

      Don

  18. 1:53 am

    What bugs me is those walkie-talkie phones. It’s bad enough I have to hear the person talking on my end. I shouldn’t have to hear the inane responses on the other side.

    • John McConroe permalink
      5:09 am

      Commonly known as PTT (Push To Talk) they have been since popularized by Nextel

    • 1:43 am

      It’s a double affront. Your damned right.

      Nice to see you again Ahmnodt.

      All the best

      Don

  19. 4:31 am

    This whole discussion suddenly reminded me of an incident a while ago.

    I was enjoying a quiet smoke in the afternoon outside a friends’ house. A bus pulls up at the nearby bus stop, and sure enough, some 16(-ish) year old girl waltzes off it, and I can hear her yacking into her phone with a (supposedly) girlfriend about the guy she made out with last Saturday at 50 damn paces. She walks by the house, I am at this point cringing with embarrassment, a god damn block away I can still hear her. As she went into details about his naughty bits, I had to go inside and find some socks to sort by elasticity, just in order to calm my nerves enough to go for a lie-down.

    • lily permalink
      4:47 am

      Dear TJ,

      That is most certainly a cringe – worthy tale and just another example of loud, unabashed, narcissistic, egocentric young people mouthing off. Thank goodness Mr Mills didn’t witness that little episode; I’m sure it would’ve knocked him out of his rocker.

      I’m sorry, but I did laugh out loud at you sorting your socks by elasticity. Is that like the Zen of Sock Maintenance?
      I will take a leaf out of your book and go and sort my bloomers by elasticity right now.

      Lily Fossil

      • 5:04 am

        Thank you, Ms. Fossil.

        I was in fact a bit doubtful as to whether I should post that at all, not being sure of the heart conditions of the readers. But I reckon that the people here are hardened enough by their own harrowing experiences with teenagers.

        I must say I’ve never got this whole “Zen”-thing, sounds like some “new-age” hippy babble to me, although I could be mistaken, if so, feel free to correct me. But indeed, sorting socks by elasticity is an excellent relaxation technique. Almost beats a gin and tonic and a go at the old crossword puzzle.

    • 1:50 am

      Sounds like a damned traumatic experience there, TJ. Hope you’ve recovered fully.

      I’ve never tried sock sorting calming exercise (I tend to opt for a glass of Rye and some angry letter writing) but I’ll give it a shot.

      Nice to see you, lad. Thanks for the comment. A horrible story but it did bring me a chuckle.

      All the best

      Don

      • 4:22 am

        I am still in good health, no thanks to little Miss I’ll-yell-intimate-details-about-my-love-life-around-the-neighborhood. The sock-sorting, a lie-down and washing my bile down with a nice pint of ale saw me through once again. Thank you for your concern, Mr. Mills.

        Glad to hear I could bring a chuckle, it’s a much needed comfort in this teen-plagued world. Young people these days don’t appreciate a good chuckle. It has to be an all-out gut-laugh, or they won’t bother, and just slouch around and complain.

        - TJ

  20. John McConroe permalink
    5:07 am

    Hard to agree with you on this one, Don.
    Unless you are against teenagers who irresponsibly use cell phones, then I agree 100%. But the technology itself has saved lives, and in general makes our every day much easier.
    My point is you can’t blame the technology for the way some people use it.
    But it must be said, teenagers these days seem so absorbed in their freaking cell phones than they can’t even sit at the dinner table without texting their friends every 20 seconds.
    So in the end.. I guess I DO agree with you xD
    Cheers, Don.
    Glad to see you’re still coming up with good ones.

    • 1:49 am

      Thanks John.

      Good to see you again.

      And as for agreeing with me…in the end, most sensible people do.

      Take care and thanks for visiting.

      Don

  21. 5:25 am

    Good call, Don…good call.

    b

  22. 6:42 pm

    but cell phones are also a good thing..

    kids can always call 911 when they need to.

    …besides why wouldn’t you want all those cool apps on the iPhone?! bowling, heck yes!

    • 1:54 am

      Interesting notion Kyle.

      Good God, if all those young people are yapping away on 911 it’s no wonder I can’t get the police to come out and talk to my neighbour about her idiot son and her defecating cat. They’re too busy listening to teenagers talk about the boy from Highschool Musical.

      And when I wanted to bowl I didn’t stare at a screen and shake my hand. I went down to the bowling hall, put on a used pair of shoes, bought some cheap draft and bowled a game.

      Thanks for stopping in lad.

      Don

    • Austin permalink
      8:02 pm

      Why pay all that money for an Iphone when you can just get an Ipod Touch.? It does everything except the phone, and it is expected that a camera will be added to it .

      It’s good for on the go , but it’s battery life needs to be improved substantially .

      I also play video games, but in moderation. I do not understand those who can play Halo for hours on end, unless it is one of those gaming competitions for money.

  23. 7:47 pm

    Don

    Give it time. Soon technology will advance to the point that they’ll be able to insert cell phone computer chips directly into people’s cerebral coretex.

    Then the kids will just stand there, like ass-clown robot zombies. Text-messaging each other inside their heads, without having to thumb mis-spelled words on tiny little keyboards anymore.

    They’ll proably call it the “i-Brain”.

    • 1:56 am

      “Ass-clown zombie robots.” Has a nice ring to it, Friar. Could be a fine name for a book, or a documentary film title.

  24. lily permalink
    7:58 pm

    Dear Don,

    What concerns me apart from the dreary, inane conversations young people have on their cell phones is this business of “texting” and the impact it has on a person’s thumbs.

    The thumb is not a very dexterous digit; it was designed for grasping, not repetitive movement.

    I strongly suspect that in another decade or so, we will start to see the serious impact of chronic texting, combined with chronic video gaming on young peoples’ thumbs and wrists, which will make them even more useless than they are now.

    Combine this with brain cancers and tumours from overuse of cell phones and the psychological effects of all online perversions, we will not only have a generation of physically useless young people, but demented ones as well.

    Lily Fossil

    • 10:21 pm

      I could not understand it as a youth, but now fully appreciate why a person would become a hermit.

      The America that you and I grew up in has long gone, and the changes that have come forth since the 1970′s are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers. When my time comes, I will not be sad to leave.

  25. 3:10 am

    what’s worse than cellphones are cellphones with cameras! what the hell is everyone taking pictures of? i walk around, and i see stuff. i don’t need to take pictures of it. if i want to see it again, i can go back outside.

    • 2:00 am

      Good point Nonnie. No one actually engages or participates in any kind of event anymore – they are too busy filming it so they can “watch it later.” Makes no sense to me.

      Plus I don’t want any god damned teenager taking pictures of me. Lord know’s what they’d end up doing with it.

  26. Justin permalink
    4:53 am

    Well, Don, I’ve been following you’re blog for quite a few weeks now, and I must say, this one takes the cake. I’ll confess to owning a cell phone myself, but I use it only in moderation. In fact, the only reason I got one was because I was leaving for college!

    What really gets on my nerves are the people that are on their phone while trying to conduct other business. I’ve had many people come through my line at the store I work at with a phone glued to their ear.

    My question is this: at what point did it become more rude to interrupt someone’s cell phone conversation than it is to be talking on the phone when dealing with others?

    Keep up the good work!

    • Justin permalink
      4:44 am

      Edit: That you’re in the first sentence should be your. That was fairly early in the morning.

    • 2:22 am

      Many thanks for stopping in Justin.

      People yacking on the phone while in a place of business (and expecting to conduct business while talking) drive me crazy. It’s so god damned rude.

      I don’t know how you stop yourself from leaning across the counter and smacking them with your a brick (or a cane, or phone book or whatever may be at hand). That would get their attention.

      Appreciate the comment.

      Don

      Don

      Appreciate hearing from you, lad.

      Don

      • Justin permalink
        4:27 am

        Unfortunately (in this instance), I work for a grocery store in which I would get fired if I ever did that to a customer.

        It’s a damned shame.

    • Austin permalink
      8:04 pm

      I saw that at a restaturant once, but instead of phone , this man was on his Ipod, not even ordering food.

      your blog posts are pretty fun and thought provoking. Keep on with your work.

  27. 10:49 am

    Don you are true entertainment, I really enjoyed your blog….

  28. soupcity permalink
    2:02 pm

    Don,

    Love your blog, sir. At this very moment my 16 yr old son is asleep probably with his cell phone in hand, ear buds in ear with some rap music on the queue and will remain that way until close to sundown.

    Your blog inspires me to dig out the old rotary phone and challenge him to figure out how to use it while listening to some classics on the turntable.

    Thanks for the giggles, from your newest fan!

    • 2:23 am

      Thanks soupcity.

      I hope you go forward with your plan. It sounds like it could be entertaining. If you do, let me know. I’d be curious to hear the results.

      All the best,

      Don

  29. deancasino permalink
    11:11 pm

    Hey Don!
    First up, I’m going to gush. I love your writing, its excellent. I get a laugh out of every post. Right on man!

    As for that matter of cell phones (mobile phones here in Australia) I love mine. Despite the fact ill end up with a blackberry shaped tumor on my hands and face one day, I go nowhere without it. The reasoning; booty calls. Need to make and receive them. Also to call my parents on Sundays.

    So slap my ass and paint me damned, I’m going to hell!

    Love,
    Dean

    • 2:27 am

      Jesus Deancasino,

      That’s quite the colorful and wide-ranging comment you have there. From gushing, to tumors, to booty and then on to ass slapping. And you even worked in your parents.

      What we used to call, covering the waterfront.

      Well done lad. I enjoyed that. You have spunk, I can tell.

      Hope to hear from you again.

      Don

  30. 3:49 am

    Dear Don,
    You are not going to like this my geriatric friend. I have a cell phone and I won’t give it up. My husband has a fancy one that plays music and videos. Both of them take pictures. The 18 year old and 14 year old each have one. The 9 year old wants one and the 7 year old informs me that several kids in her class already have their cell phones.

    I bought the phones so the kids could call me in an emergency, to tell me where they are, who they’re with, why they’re going to be late, when they get home, etc.

    It’s a working mother’s best friend for children who are too old for babysitters.

    Now let me tell you the part you will like. The problems are as follows:
    They don’t talk on the phones. Ever. They text everyone, all the time. I can’t even remember what their voices sound like because my house is eerily quiet except for the funny tone noise the phones make when the kids get a text. That noise never stops.

    Also, I was in the living room with them one afternoon a few months back and we were watching a movie. The boys were both on the couch texting when one of them turned to the other one and said, “Yeah I saw that too.”

    What the hell? Scared me to death for a minute that they had developed their psychic abilities. Then it hit me.
    “You two are texting EACH OTHER?”

    They then proceeded to call each other so I could hear both sides of the conversation.

    It was completely bizarre.

    I don’t know where they get their insanity from.

    • 2:29 am

      I don’t know what to say, Claire. That’s a chilling portrait you paint.

      And was that a rhetorical question at the end? Cause if it wasn’t….they damned well get it from you.

      A blind man running down the street could see that.

      Don

  31. leesa kilx permalink
    11:33 pm

    shut up alright.

    • 2:03 am

      Leesa Kilx?

      Good Christ, if you are from Omaha I believe I know your mother, Helga. Thin girl, had 11 fingers but man of man was was she a knockout.

      Haven’t thought of her in 30 years. Helga Kilx…tell her I say “hi.”

      Thanks for dropping in.

      Don

  32. annette jamieson permalink
    11:35 pm

    i agree

    • 2:17 am

      Sorry Annette, now I’m confused and I’m not sure if you agree with me or Helga Kilx’s girl, Leesa. (see above)

      My apologies. Either way, it was nice to hear from you.

      Don

  33. 11:16 am

    i have a cellular telephone. it so any casting people want to call me in for a reading. work and mum related only!

    she says that i have no one to call and that i should call them from home anyway. If something is that important, you can go and see them.

    so i agree that there are too many cellular telephones with the people of todays!

    Bob

  34. 1:59 am

    A very good post, Don.
    Hilarious and serious, both.

  35. paper doll permalink
    3:43 pm

    Don , you’re great. You help me get in touch with my inner Mr. Wilson….living a collage town helps that too. Dang kids. Actully I wish they slept 24 hours! Ha!
    I enjoy your blog

  36. 4:53 am

    great post Don :)

  37. 11:57 am

    great site a very helpful informations.thamx

  38. Liliana permalink
    12:06 am

    Oh, Donald Mills. While you can be quite the humourous one, I find some things you post can be ignorant, leading me to believe you are misinformed. Many ‘geezers’ were misinformed on a number of things (such as how tobacco is GOOD for you), and that is the problem with your generation. There is a problem with every generation, but not every member of each has fallen prey to their own.

    “And what they Hell are they talking about all the time anyway? Last time I checked, young people had nothing of consequence to say, no opinion worthy of vocalizing and no ideas that weren’t half-baked, half-witted or completely half-assed.” LYK OMG THAT’S SO ROOD. I have many opinions worthy of vocalizing, thank you. It would be my pleasure to share them some time. But I say, not every person with half-assed ideas is between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. I mean, look at Bush, who, thank goodness, is no longer producing ‘weapons of mass production’. Intelligence cannot be taught or learned, therefore, time and age are not a factor.

  39. YellowRoses610 permalink
    1:53 am

    Dear Mister Mills,

    Once I again I agree with you for the most part, I really only talk on the phone to a few of my friends, one who lives about eight hours away, and the other who is often ill or out of town, I never do it where it would disturb people, and I don’t text. Cellphones can be rather usfull, but I confess if I want to be left alone I put it on Silent Alert.

    Respectfully yours.
    Rose

  40. Mystsong permalink
    10:10 pm

    Better yabbering than texting and eroding the foundation of proper English.

    Like Rose I don’t use my cellphone much. The only reason I even own one is because my parents wanted me to have a way to contact them or emergency services if something happened to me while out on my own once I got my driver’s license. And aside from that, I use it mostly to call my friend who live out of state, because it’s nice ot hear the voice of someone you care about once in a while instead of reading their words off a computer screen.

  41. 4:52 am

    While Mills might be from the old generation, you can still learn alot from him. Twenty years from now, we will be from the old generation and the youngsters will have their go at our intelligence and worth.

  42. Bong-Bong Manding permalink
    11:17 am

    I have been thinking of starting to blog.In fact I have read some random blogs online just to get an idea some techniques and style of other people.I am a little bit worried though since I don’t have that much confidence in myself in writing due to the fact that English is my second language, but I am determined and I hope I overcome this fear.I want to be like you someday. I like your style. I’d live to write funny stuff too. If I could write as beautiful like you someday, I’d be very very happy. Thank you for making me laugh and giggle when I’m bored working night shift in the hospital.

  43. Kelly permalink
    11:34 pm

    Too funny! Thanks for this!

  44. 8:40 pm

    you not going to us give a rant about facebook? surely that’s one of the worst crimes of the youth today.

    but other than that, bang on.

  45. 10:36 am

    Cell phones. Lets not be judgmental towards the need of cell phones in this Tech-savvy world. how well can you imagine hostel life, without getting to talk to your people at least once a day or whenever you feel too low. All is not just black or white. The gray area has to appreciated somewhere before passing any tilting your head in a direction. Unless the phone is not just used for playing games or flirting around with chicks, I shall not nod in negation of the use of cell phones in today’s world.
    Nonetheless, The views are bound to alter, as time passes.
    I liked it, albeit. :-)

  46. Gabriel permalink
    3:30 pm

    Hey.. Don’t blame our generation for being screwed. Your generation raised us. I am typing this on my cellphone by the way

  47. 3:16 am

    My brother’s 9 year old friend has an iphone. WHY?!

  48. Brandon permalink
    8:54 pm

    What is wrong with you people? If a teenager wants to stay in touch with their friends how does that affect you? You act like a teenager texting is somehow doing you a disservice. If they want to turn their brains to mush, that’s their choice. It shouldn’t bother you.

    • Sedate Me permalink
      2:48 pm

      It effects me when I am trying to talk to them, trying to get service at a store, when they step out in front of my car while looking at their damn screen, or when they are using them while bicycling down a busy sidewalk. (I’ve already seen 3 bicycling texters this week.) It’s not only impolite and inconsiderate, it can be downright dangerous. And for what? To make sure their tweet is the first response to Bieber’s latest post?

      How about when I’m just trying get a little peace & quiet and some idiot just “has” to talk to his friend about the latest Lady Gaga album for 20 minutes. Remember when a person could be alone with their thoughts? Not anymore. Apparently, you are now required by law to share every half-baked thought that enters your pea sized brain.

  49. andrew lop permalink
    3:55 pm

    God people r so hard headed…..

    What ever happened to just adapating to society like we have for generations instead of criticizing….We the “younger generation” can sit around and blame the “baby boomers” in American history to leave us with insurmountable debt. Our annual national debt is approaching 20% of annual GDP. The baby boomers are the ones that voted for this craziness and the ones that have changed society to allow for this craziness! $14 trillion in debt, thanks a lot! Just because you all may be older and they drugs from the 60′s are just wearing off it doesnt mean that today’s world is any worse just because of cell phones.

    Whats not being noticed when teenagers are texting is that they’re texting multiple people at one time, HENCE, having a greater communication with people close to them compared to a face to face conversation. By conversing with a greater number of people at once, one is left to assume that multi-tasking is being achieved here while also keeping in close contacts with family members or friends. Which leads me to another point. Just because you may see someone picking up their phone to text or call someone, whose to say they are not talking to a relative whom they haven’t seen in years or something of that nature. The education system today is preparing us for jobs that are not even out yet and preparing us to use technology that is not out yet either. If anything todays society is more enhanced than it has ever seen in the past…

    For example, back when there were no cell phones meetings were arranged by saying “Meet me at X location, at X times”….if someone did not meet at that particular time or were an hour late than that meeting would have to be re-arranged for a later time….Todays world using cell phones you can literally text/call your boss/friends and tell them what your hold up might be and to wait for you……

    And your so called reasoning for cell phones being a downfall : “In my day, if you wanted to talk to a friend you walked across the street and spoke to him in person. Archaic? Perhaps. But it was free and it didn’t give you brain cancer.”

    What would you have done if your girlfriend lived in the next state? You would have definately loved to have the medium of a cell phone to keep in touch with her everyday and wake up jus to tell her you missed her for example….

    Todays world using cell phone you no longer have to worry about being lost when driving somewhere and pulling over and wasting gas and time to find a gas station for directions , but instead turn on your phones navigations system and within minutes you are being put back on your route.

    There are just so many benefits to using cell phones these days that it is literally impossible to not use one at any point in your life plain and simple.

    All in ALL its jus like what Darwin said : SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!

    How’s that for a conversation?

    • Natalie permalink
      3:31 am

      Sure there are benefits, but there are also disadvantages, as pointed out in the text. Kids using cell phones and not communicating face to face forget about body language and how their intonation influences what they are saying. I teach Grade 6 and it drives me crazy when I try to instruct my students on what their tones or body language are ‘saying’.

  50. Cole permalink
    6:10 am

    Well Mr. Mills,
    To tell you the truth I just do not trust cell phones, I tend to over think and get paranoid. Acording to My hypothesis the government listens to your every conversation and reads all of your text messages. So they can figure out what the teenagers are like today. Thus making them more knowledgeable about our likes and dislikes so they can brainwash us through subliminal messages on MTV. Then again, I may be over thinking this. Maybe I should stop theorizing everything.

    Good day,
    Cole

    • Sedate Me permalink
      3:55 pm

      Twenty years ago, you might get put in a mental institution for that comment.Today, it’s a very wise approach. Although the MTV brainwashing connection hasn’t yet been forged (give it a decade or so) everything else in your theory is solid. That said, don’t go off your meds without first consulting an MD.

      Not only does the US government listen in on 1.7 billion communications a day, Rupert Murdoch hacks into the cell phones of whoever he feels like. Throw in the potential for brain cancer, the amount of (toxic) waste these designed-be-replaced-every-couple-years products generate, the expense associated with buying & using them and it’s probably best to avoid them altogether.

      As Mr Mills would say, “Rotary phones are as far as I’ll go.” Good advice, as usual, sir.

  51. Cole permalink
    2:34 am

    Thanks for the reply Sedate Me, and I shall be carefull on what I say. Although they do see everything we write I still believe people need to know the truth well if my hypothesis is correct or even close.

    Secondly and finally, you are right; It is best to avoid them altogether.

    Thanks for the reply.

    Stay sharp,
    Cole

  52. Oldperson in youngperson costume. permalink
    1:36 am

    http://www.cracked.com/article_15231_7-reasons-21st-century-making-you-miserable.html

    This article covers mobile phones and things like that and why it leads to unhappiness, less real friends and more stress.

    In summary our friends are virtual as no-one will speak to you on the street or on the train as they have headphones shoved in or texting…

  53. 4:47 am

    I’m totally reading this on my iPhone 4 right now.

  54. 9:13 pm

    I got a phone when my parents said I needed a phone. Never asked for one until then.

  55. Grace permalink
    10:43 pm

    I completely agree with you, going on this subject “what is wrong with young people today is that they always want the new gizmos”, iwhatevers and other junk to stick in their pockets, and who is paying for them, not them but us.

  56. 10:31 pm

    Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha! This is hilarious! Beautiful!

  57. 2:57 pm

    Dear Mr. Mills,
    If I die today, it will be from laughing to death. Your satire is astounding!

  58. 8:19 am

    Hello I am in grade 6 I have a cell phone I dont really ever use it and I really disagree with you. ok I am tall so what? I am not high on drugs.I dont have terribal posture. you know how I came across this site, Iwas doing a school project on cell phones and found this crap. I hate old people like you. you make me very sick. and I thnk you need to get a life. oh and if you hate tecnolage why do you jave computer and make this web site?
    I am sure every one would love to hear that.

    do not send e-mail to me.

  59. davis permalink
    3:40 pm

    I’m a Letter Carrier and I always have to watch where I walk while I’m figuring the Mail, etc. What I do get is people of all ages that are constantly texting on their phone not looking where they are walking, and people who are always talking on their phone while walking about whatever. If these people would just put their cells phone away while their walking, driving, etc…they will live to see another day. Some people happen to walk with their cell phones in their hands when the phone is off as if glued to their hands and they look stupid. Now being a Letter Carrier for 18 1/2 I see these cell phones become a natural disaster, specially when they are texting not looking where they are going and they walk right into my path not realizing that I’m walking, figuring the mail and about to deliver it and they walk right into me…see what I mean. I have a cell phone if or when I use it I stop, the answer it or text, when I’m done then I put it away. Lots of people who carry their cell phones like the Apple iPhones are targets for muggers, this everyday; no one told this people to carry their phones in their hands as if it is a decoration. Last no child under 18 should have a cell phone, they should pay more attention in learning education and graduating and getting a decent job, so their parents can stop spoiling them.

    • Diane permalink
      9:52 pm

      My last two letter carriers talked into something and wore ear phones ALL the time.

  60. Mark permalink
    9:09 am

    I don’t own a mobile phone, never have, never will. I like the idea of simply running into friends when I’m out and about. Since we have shared interests, this is not uncommon. There used to be a great old saying, “mind your own business”. It’s funny how the same people who once say this are the same ones who now make it their business to let everybody else know about their business. They might have the right to talk, but my right not to listen overrides that. If these idiots want to talk, let them do it in private. I don’t invite myself and my friends into your home to have a conversation, so don’t invite yourself into my earshot to have loud, obnoxious conversations that nobody else can participate in. I’m not old, either. I’m still in my thirties, grew up in the 1980s and I look a fair bit younger than that. These stupid kids these days think that their generation invented mobile phones. No, they’ve been around for many years, but in the 1980s, the only folks who have them were emergency service workers and stockbrokers, and they were the size of a brick. Also, people with mobile phones are quite often the most unreliable people when it comes to keeping in touch! I don’t have a mobile phone, but I’d wager that I have more fun than a lot of people who do!

  61. Anonymous permalink
    7:23 am

    I agree with you…Don…it is just so Damn RUDE RUDE.young people on there phone texting..e-mail face-book what ever. IT is RUDE RUDE RUDE..especailly when youwith other friends then have t ben the phone whole time..RUDE RUDE RUDE>>and they dont think it RUDE>.I mean yes being onphone to text or e-mail once in ahile okay but not the whole time you outwith yoru othre firends then think it not RUDE>>I DONT get..it..not ging to scailaize with people who havet beon phone 24/7///and be RUDE!!!!!!!

  62. Anonymous permalink
    7:28 am

    yesI agree it is just RUDE RUDE RUDE>>>

  63. Anonymous permalink
    10:07 am

    I think phones when used properly can be good but also its unsettling being places full of people where it is silent. Peoples faces lit up by a screen and they are giggling to themselves, no interaction with anyone around them. I think some young people don’t know how to interact without a phone. I myself can get distracted by a game than what is in front of me.

  64. Daz permalink
    2:18 am

    every generation is different

  65. 2:51 am

    First of all I’ve read a few of your blog posts and I got to admit, they’ve been pretty fun to read. I consider myself young at the age of 22, and half of these don’t even fit with the way I was raised. You didn’t grow up in our generation, therefore I don’t think you should be bashing on “young people” as much as you have been.

    Here’s one of my first insights on every teen owning a cell phone. First, not all young teens own a cell phone. I got a cell phone when I turned 16 because once I started driving it was important for my parents to be able to get a hold of me when needed and for use in case of an emergency or my car were to break down.

    Second, I live out in the country, if I walked across the road to “talk to a friend” I’d have to walk through 100+ acres of corn, bean, and wheat fields before I’d get to the next farmstead and chances were they didn’t even have children my age. Since you grew up in a neighborhood it was easy for you to walk across the street or to a friend’s down the road because it was convenient for you. It’s isn’t that convenient for some.

    I’ll agree with you that there are some teens that do have their phones attached to their hands, but not every teenager does that. That’s why I’m commenting because you seem to be judging us teens as a whole and not giving the ones who aren’t like that, credit for being more mature. However, again this is the era we grew up in. I’m sure if we all still had landlines in our homes we would use them. Our society is becoming more and more of electronic users and that’s nothing that you can change. So I just have to say it’s probably a good idea to just worry about people your age and in the generation you grew up in, instead of judging my generation when you haven’t even grew up in it yourself.

    • Tyler permalink
      2:46 pm

      we arent judging EVERY TEEN at least i’m not. and yes some have to walk a mile less or more to friends house, and ppl reply on technology a lot, drive me baty. like yesterday i was with my mom at a featival as we got out and walked to farther, my mom said ‘i forgot my phone’ i replied ‘you don’t need it, we rely to much on technology’ my mom said ‘your right who will call me as this?’

  66. Tyler permalink
    5:00 pm

    I’m 33, I have a cell phone for an emergency or like that, these young people are all about hauling there laptops or cell phones (New Techology i say)…if you say anything they get mad at you, its like deathrow to them, ‘oh my gosh i don’t have my cell phone I’m going to die’ technology is ruining this world, our lives.

  67. Ann permalink
    1:58 am

    Think how hard it is when you`re a teen and you don`t like cellphones. I have to repeat myself at least 20 times a day because these jackasses are on their cellphones, And the worst part is that they`re all dumb-asses because the only thing they know is their little social media and gossiping, they are so busy with their phones none of these idiots have anything to contribute to a conversation or even the world. They have no special skill that sets them apart from each other. They know nothing about the world around them, the only thing they know is how to take pictures so that they look like they have a life., they have no opinions to share and all they talk about is themselves. Its so annoying, they are only into the conversation when its their turn to speak but when its my turn they start to type away. Ugh why do I even waste my time, everything is a struggle now a days, eating lunch with friends is awkward when your the only one talking.
    I`m not antisocial but shit I cant even act like I`m okay with this crap anymore,
    I fear for our generation and the next to come, my neighbors 6 year old child has an Iphone 5 and is always one her phone. What happened to being a kid, when these people grow up and look back its all going to be a big blur because the moments they should have been paying attention they were to busy sending a meaningless text to a friend. You wont remember your stupid ass conversations with your crush, what you will remember is the times you should have been sharing with your family and your peers. I am frustrated to no end and I feel so alone. And the worst part is they all judge you (recently had someone call me stupid for learning Italian on my own, apparently learning a language other than English if I live in America is stupid because I don`t need to do it, then they went on to call me a nerd)

  68. fireprincessofthenight permalink
    5:12 pm

    Agreed. At 13 the only reason I had a phone was so as my mom knows where I am – really useful when buses break down.

    Nowadays, just trying to talk to your friends is hard enough. Completely agree with all Ann says – It’s not just America, they do it in the UK too.

  69. the x permalink
    10:01 pm

    i hate this century,too much techology.

  70. Devyn Gerla permalink
    7:22 am

    I think the old people are just jealous that they didn’t have what we have, and they wish they had as luxurious a childhood as we do. It’s funny, though, because I was just searching “Why do old people hate cell phones?” and this is the first result that popped up. God damned old people and their envy.

  71. 5:29 am

    Reblogged this on enthusiasticallyoptimistic and commented:
    True, I found myself using phone 24/7 of my day. There have to be some manner in meeting someone and catching up in person. Bring back the old time! :)

  72. 5:23 pm

    Your outlook in our life most often changes our viewpoint. Sometimes good and sometimes this alteration is bad but it is our point of view that influences how we feel.

  73. Anonymous permalink
    1:40 am

    Um im a teenager n just cuz u lived back n the old dayz dont give u the right 2 critize us!

  74. 4:57 am

    I’m 19 here, and no cellphone! Do you hate it when you talk to people, they ignore you and look at their phones instead? It’s so annoying! That happened to me. My teacher did that to while I was talking to her, so did my other friends, my brothers and sisters too. I find it incredibly rude! It’s like they’re more interested in the phone than to someone who is right in front of them. What’s worse is when people are on their phones while driving! There are times where I wish they’d turn the damn thing off.

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