I listened to this piece while driving over to babysit my grandchildren this morning. I have to say, I was floored. As someone who spent much of her life unconnected (I got my first cell phone when I was 50) I see cell phones and iPads as an unmitigated blessing.
I feel safe with my cell phone, and much more likely to venture out into new areas. I can talk with my daughter in Hawaii and my son in L.A. without it costing me a fortune. I can listen to hundreds of radio stations on my iPhone and iPad mini, and watch movies and TV series. I can enlarge the print in e-books.
When I was still teaching, e-mail was great. It was so much easier to answer e-mails from parents than phone calls. It was so much easier to teach writing with computers.
Really, I marvel everyday at how much better technology has made my life. It's even easier to be private, as I can see who is calling, and just not answer. Twenty years ago, I couldn't do any of this.