I ask you to please post this letter, because I think the situation I’m writing abaout is far from pathetic, and something really has to be done about it.
Take a walk down the street, go into any shul, school, supermarket, wedding hall etc. and count how many people are focusing on the action they are ‘supposed’ to be doing; and then count how many people are focusing on their CELL PHONES.
How low did we fall that we have a chutzpah to bring a cell phone into a shul? I’ve heard and seen men picking up their phones in middle of saying Shema Yisroel! Sure there are men who turn the phone off before walking into shul, but unfortunately there are not that many.
I was recently at the KOSEL where we can literally feel the Kedusha of Hashem, and when I saw someone actually pick up their phone in middle of crying to the Ribone Shel Olam, I realized that our generation is really mixed up!
Just the other night, I was at a chupah, standing in the back and I looked around the room. I am embarrassed to say how many people were actually answering amen and davening, and how many people were texting and emailing on their Treo and Blackberries!
I can give so many more examples of how far we turned into slaves to our cell phones.
Please note, that I am not calling this a crisis, but rather an addiction. In a crisis there is not much to do about it, but in an addiction there are things we can do to correct the addiction.
Here are a few ideas:
*At the supper table leave your phone in the car.
*At a chuppah at least shut off the ringer.
*When you go into shul turn off you phone.
*When you go to PTA to hear the nachas of your children, turn the phone off.
Another issue with this is that not only the adults have the cell phones, but also kids starting from third grade and up are addicted to this sickness! The problem is, how can you tell your teenage daughter to slow down with her phone, if she sees her parents constantly on it?!
And for those who think there is no addiction to cell phones in this generation, please do yourself a favor and open up your eyes!
Disgusted by cell phones.