Bright and Shiny

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Daily Blog | Comments Off

Q.  Should a 15 year old have a cell phone?
A.  That’s a debate for another time.

Q.  What do teenagers do on their cell phones?
A.  Text and really, nothing else.

Q.  What’s the most important feature of a cell phone to a teenager.
A.  This is where the story begins.

My eldest has a cell phone.  She inherited my old Crackberry when I got my first iPhone.  She got her first free phone a few years ago, and used it to call to be picked up from friends houses, or to arrange whatever a teenager arranges.  That lasted all of 5 minutes and her communications evolved into pure texting.  “Nobody talks on the phone.”

Then she needed a new phone, and nothing was more important than getting a new phone.  So she saved her pennies and bought a hot new pink texting machine with a flip up screen.  She was set.  A few months later, she went back to the old cell because the buttons were better to text with.  She even bought a new pink cover to disguise it with.

Now we’re three months later, and she wants the newest model.  I asked what features was she looking for?  Why the new model?  And the classic answer:   “Well, it’s new.”

So there you have it, the most important feature of a cell phone to a teenager is that it’s bright and shiny.