Well, sort of. About the same time I made my post about cell phones and technology, Bubba gave me his old second cell phone. Main reasons being he had a contract for two phones anyway and I travel round trip 63 miles a day. So, yes, I now have a cell phone with me most times I leave the house.
No, I'm not chatting away 24/7. I use it to call home and see if there's anything I need to pick up on the way home. I would use it if stuck in traffic to phone ahead to work or the house and let people know why I'm delayed. I'd use it to call for assistance if I needed it. It's a handy thing to have if Pete & I go somewhere and leave Bug at home, so we can stay connected.
Do I text? I DO NOT text while DRIVING! And if you do, you should stop. It kills. Just as surely as being tanked up on alcohol and driving kills. Once in a blue moon, I do send a text from the phone. But 99% of my "texting" is really IM'ing for me. I talk to folks from my computer on thier cell phones via AIM/AOL. It's the best way to remind Bubba of something or ask him a question when he's at work, because he doesn't have to answer right then, he can wait until he takes a break.
My only living sister, Edna, is 19 years older than me. She doesn't have a computer, but she has discovered texting. She, nor I, will call one another very often, as I am usually at work during the day, and in the evenings we are busy with spouses, etc. Besides, once we get on the phone it's hard to know when to get off. Daddy used to tell Mama "Hell, Jesse Ruth, you could have driven over and sat down with a cup of coffee and visited in the time you spent on the phone." So this texting connection has opened a marvelous way for us to say a few sentences to one another almost every day and feel like we know what's going on with one another, what kind of day we are having and how we are in general.
Moral of the story? Maybe that the kids have a good thing, just not necessarily the best idea about how to use it.