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     Everywhere I go, people are speaking on their cellular telephones regardless of their surroundings. This occurs when people are walking around a lake or through town, or driving. I have even seen a person attempting to speak on her cell phone while ordering ice cream at Dairy Queen, thus speaking to two people at once.

As the extravagance of technology increases, people begin to take less joy in the simple pleasures of life - joys that don’t cost money - from observing puffy clouds, playing with children to thinking or reading. And it is not just telephones that corrupt; excessive value is placed on items from computers to automobiles. Many things are purchased merely to show off. Do you really need a cell phone that plays games, shows movies and takes pictures? No, cell phones should be purchased to use in urgent situations. You do not need to use your telephone when you are at someone else’s house or in a restaurant.

Technology and possessions do not bring joy. While some technology is necessary, it can get ridiculous. Each possession just makes us want more, while uncomplicated pleasures can be enjoyed anytime.

Instead of spending our time buying a third television or looking into the newest cell phone models, we should be acting more productively to improve the world by volunteering, for example. Or, we should reconsider playing Nintendo or taking pictures on our telephones and instead read a book or imagine what shapes the clouds carry.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 8:15 pm
i love this so much!
Ikutorocks12 said...
Jul. 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm
I agree with what you are saying :) My dad has his iphone out in every restaurant we visit, it is so annoying! I do think that I am just as bad as others, but I try and stop to look at my surroundings and take pictures, read, write and have a life other than by my PC.
Cire' W. said...
Apr. 2, 2009 at 1:09 am
I really agree with what you are saying. I was just telling someone the other day that we are to busy paying attention to material things that we miss all the beauty. I like this article a lot :)
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