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Cell Phone Zombies are Everywhere, including the Inside of my House


July 15, 2017

There will never be a zombie apocalypse, unless you call them cell phone zombies (or smartphone zombies). If you do, the zombie apocalypse is already in full swing.

Although I have a cell phone (or mobile phone, if you prefer) I am not one of them. It sits on my computer desk and I use it mainly for two-factor authentication until I leave home.

I sometimes receive regular phone text messages, but they’re always from relatives nearby. I rarely receive regular phone calls on it. You can probably tell I’m not a sociable person.

When I go out, it sits in my sling bag (or messenger bag, if you prefer) unless I need to call someone or someone calls me. Basically, I use it as nothing more than a phone when I’m away from home.

My Wife is a Cell Phone Zombie

Josie spends way more time on her cell phone than I do. If you complain about how long the cell phone battery lasts, you’re definitely a cell phone zombie.

Speaking of batteries, Samsung cell phone batteries are expensive. The battery for Josie’s Samsung Galaxy S3 cost me 1,600 pesos, or about $32 USD. That doesn’t include the 12 percent VAT I paid at SM City Olongapo. I shudder to think how much the battery in my Samsung Galaxy S4 will cost me when I replace it. That won’t happen soon because I don’t use it that much.

Josie gets on her phone multiple times a day. Before she goes to sleep, when she wakes up while sleeping, and when she wakes up in the morning. She will sometimes spend more than an hour at a time staring at the screen.


My Daughter-in-Law is a Cell Phone Zombie

I don’t know how Cathy behaves with it when she’s away from home. When she’s here in the house, outside of her room, her cell phone might as well be an extra appendage. Even when we’re watching our wide-screen TV downstairs, she has it sitting on her lap or she’s holding it in her hands. God forbid she should miss something online while watching an hour-long TV show.

I don’t know anything else about her habits with the phone, only what I see. When she reads this, and she will read this, she’s going to give me all kinds of grief.

I Blame the Social Networks for all the Cell Phone Zombies

More specifically, I blame Facebook. As much a Josie complains about the things she sees on it, it’s where she spends all her time. She doesn’t have a Google Plus, Instagram or Twitter account.

Cathy spends much of her time on either Facebook or Instagram. To her credit, she spends a lot more time talking to her husband, Jon (my son), on Facebook Messenger. That’s something I think she should be doing.

It’s not Facebook itself that’s the issue. It’s the stupid videos people keep posting and sharing. Regular posts, without videos or pictures, get ignored more often than not.

I don’t know what to do to turn cell phone zombies back into regular people. Whatever I try to do just seems to make them angry.

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