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Is a Cell Phone a Luxury or a Necessity?

I am totally guilty of looking scandalized and insisting that my cell phone is a necessity, but if I stretch my brain, I can remember a time when I didn't have a cell phone and got along just fine. In fact, I definitely remember uttering the obnoxious sentiment, "I don't want a cell phone . . . It's like an electronic leash!" (Yes, I know I was kidding myself.)

With my job and crazy-busy life, I can't imagine not having a cell phone — but really, people were OK before them (but sad, no iPhones to play with?), and my "cell phones are necessities" tune definitely changes the more I hear of younger and younger kids getting cell phones. I know kids in elementary schools who have cell phones?! Not to mention the fact that some people can not only afford a $400 phone, let alone the service, and that's the point at which I realize a cell phone is a luxury, and then I feel like a spoiled techie yuppie. What do you think? Is it necessary, or is it a luxury?

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sherlockphones sherlockphones 8 years
Cell phones are a great achievement in technology. It's just too bad so many people have become so dependent on them. Try leaving your house without your cell phone today. I dare you. =)
MuffinGal MuffinGal 9 years
I agree with x_juicyfruit, it was a luxury at one time for me but now it is a necessity. I am almost never home until late due to school and other engagements.
baylee88 baylee88 9 years
My parents bought my first cell when I was 13. Back in time, it was much more luxury and a mus-have. But now I just don't use it much and it's definitely a necessity in my life :)
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Luxury. I just ditched mine, actually. I don't really need it and I can think of a lot of things I'd rather do with $45/month.
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
It's tough to imagine life without my iPhone :)
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I'm on the fence about this one, mine is a necessity, due to my job. They require me to have one. I have a personal phone. That I do not carry ever really unless were out of town. As for a young kid, I do not think they should have phones just to keep up with their friends. I got my first phone young. But I had 0 anytime minutes and could only call home (unless it was nights and weekends i had free minutes) for a ride, emergency, etc. And I was responsible with it, cause guess who had to pay if those minutes over 0 weren't used for calling home? I think now that cell phones are an essential part of life, but not for socialization, but safety. I would be terrified to break down on the side of the road somewhere and not have my phone, I don't really want to think about the good samaratan that might not be that good.
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 9 years
A luxury - I don't really care for a mobile phone. I hate when you go out for dinner with a friend who can't keep away from their phone. And how some of my friends are always late, but if they didn't have a phone they wouldn't be able to call up and cancel last minute. And I hate my phone constantly going off, so I have mine turned off most of the time, and how everyone else expects you to constantly have your phone attached to your hand so that they can reach you anytime. Grrrrrr.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I wouldn't necessarily say mine is a necessity but i feel more comfortable having one. Like when i am lost, or my car breaks down i want to be able to call someone with out going searching for a phone.
subtleheights subtleheights 9 years
I personally find it quite tranquil whenever i have forgotten my cell phone at home. sometimews it is refreshing to not have anyone reach you. i feel like i am undercover. some alone time. let people worry about for a bit. but with a kid one needs to be reached readily.it is both a luxury and a neccessity.50/50. we are just a spoiled nation. like everything else, easy and convenient does it.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
A necessity, only because I don't have a landline.
yayieska yayieska 9 years
I say it IS a necessity for younger kids as well. They aren't growing in the same environment we did as kids. As a parent I feel more at peace knowing that my 13 yo daughter has one on her at all times. She's on a plan that has 30 min. a month so that she doesn't abuse it (or my wallet). The great thing is that her calls to me are free.
stina829 stina829 9 years
Necessity... but only because I don't own a land line phone in my house. :)
millarci millarci 9 years
It's definitely not a necessity. There was a time where people didn't have cell phones and were perfectly fine. Cell phones are a CONVENIENCE which makes them a luxury.
demeter demeter 9 years
Of course the people who are hooked on them think they are a necessity, but they are simply a luxury. Especially for me, I couldn't care less about having a phone. I don't need one, and they are too expensive.
mollydiane mollydiane 9 years
Not having a home phone, my cell phone has become a necessity. I know it's not up there with food or shelter, but to function as a normal member of society you need a phone.
lushylashes lushylashes 9 years
it is a necessity for me but I also have a job and can pay for my cell phone service. I think children should not have a cell unless they can pay for it.
dootsie dootsie 9 years
It's not a necessity, and anyone who says it is clearly just doesn't understand what -need- means. People function everyday without them, and no matter what your lifestyle is, it's completely possible to live without. Even if communication is pretty close to essential to your living, text messaging is not. Ever. Nor are ridiculous ringtones and cameraphones. That said, it makes my life a lot easier.
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 9 years
I would say that it honestly depends on what you do. For instance, if a child plays sports and is often away from home then it might be beneficial for them to have it. For emergencies and the like. Also I think it makes a lot of business easier but most kids don't need cel phones.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I think it's somewhere in the middle. It can be necessary in some situations, like emergencies, but they are not for everyone, especially young children.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I don't think little kids need one, I saw an 8 year old texting away last week and thought, there's NO WAY my parents would have bought me something like that when I was that age. And for good reason. For me, it's become a necessity and having a cool one with lots of features is the luxury part.
rosey rosey 9 years
At a certain age, a cell phone is a luxury. My 12 year old cousin has a cell phone and I think that's ridiculous. I didn't get a cell phone until I was 18 and at 21, I still think it's a luxury, I use it mostly for it's alarm feature and to call home or my sister. In special cases, it's obviously a necessity, but seriously, they aren't necessary. There was a time when people weren't constantly able to reach each other and they all survived.
GeeksDreamGirl GeeksDreamGirl 9 years
I remember trying to be the last person on earth to get a cell phone.... and failing miserably. Now I'm tethered to my phone 24/7. It's my alarm clock, it's my watch, it's my calendar, it's my sticky notes to remind me of things, it's my way of staying in touch with all of my friends. I don't have a land line because I'm generally not home long enough to need one. It's so much easier and cheaper these days to be cell-only!
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
bottom line...I think once you live outside your parents home, are a female, and/or have children...a cell phone IS a necessity. I know our parents survived without them, true...but since they ARE available now it makes life so much easier and communicative. I mean...when I was 18 yrs old I pulled over the side of the road...pretty much a rural area, not too many homes, stores, lights...etc... and wound up stuck in sand! I was alone, at around midnight, with no phone and all I could do was walk at least a couple miles. I was scared out of my mind. Someone did stop finally and try to help. Luckily they got the car unstuck. But seriously, if they hadn't come along how long would I have been sitting there?? Or worse...if I had to walk alone in the middle of the night to find a phone? And in these times we live in now I would NEVER want my daughter driving around, possibly getting lost or breaking down and not have any phone with her. Her phone is equipped with internet as is mine so directions are at her disposal at all times. If she breaks down she can call me, her dad, or a tow truck immediately. We live in about 30 minutes northwest of Orlando and many streets are not lighted, stores are not exactly a block away. She also travels highways quite a bit too. I would rather she stay in her car and call someone than to walk to one of those little call boxes. Anything could happen. You just never know. What is the alternative??? Stay at home all the time?? I think not!!
kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
I think they're a luxury. I don't think you really NEED one. I have one, but I rarely (and I mean, like, once a month maybe) use it. I think it's great more for emergency situations. Overall I think that too many people have them.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Mine is a necessity. I have a sprcial needs child that just entered school this year and had a really hard time adjusting. You can't always be somewhere that a landline is. Plus, before that he has a very low immune system so his Special Care Facility would often have to call me to come get him when he became ill. I have mixed feelings on phones for kids. For years I said never, but I know people who hate their exs and buy them to allow the children to reach the other parent or whatnot. My own children aren't responsiable enough. My 9 year old would like one, but she can't remember to keep her Ipod or Gameboy charged and always in her posession, so thats out
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