by Max Brantley
Finally, I'm the subject of a New York Times trend story -- here, the 15 percent of adults in the U.S. without a cell phone.
Those who still do not have them, according to Pew, tend to be older or less educated Americans or those unable to afford phones. “These are people who have a bunch of other struggles in their lives and the expense of maintaining technology and mastering it is also pretty significant for them,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew project.
But there is also a smaller subset of adults who resist cellphones simply because they do not want them. They resent the way that ring tones, tiny keyboards and screens disrupt face-to-face conversation. They savor their moments alone and prize the fact that no one knows how to reach them.
I can't tell you exactly why I don't have a cell phone. Big, fat fingers for one. Also, a feeling that I'm nearly always available -- home, office, computer -- anyway. I also kind of like being on the landline phone grid and in the phone book. (Except when certain hot-button issues bring out the zanies.)
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