Cell phones do everything. Arguing about what year The Matrix was released? Just use your imdb app. Want to set an alarm for the third dish simmering, but out of kitchen clocks? Use your phone-and name it to keep it straight! Want to let the host know you’ll be 15 minutes late? Send her a text!
But it can quickly become inapproriate to over-use cell phones when in social situations. At the dinner table, for example, your phone should be on vibrate (if at all!) and you should excuse yourself to take a call—only if it’s really important, like your grandma got lost finding your new pad.
And then, of course, there’s mingling. You can use cell phones as important social tools, trading contact information, enhancing conversations with instant-data, playing social media games together (for the younger crowd). Just make sure that you aren’t using cell phones to isolate yourself.
If you want bragging rights this holiday season, make sure you let your friends know how you saved money by buying used or refurbished cell phones. Opt out of contracts and save around $20 a month, plus get the benefit of a cheaper phone so you have more money to spend on holiday gifts!
Plus, used cell phones usually get cheaper at the end of the year when new models come out. If your phone is broken, don’t wait another year for when you’re resigning your contract, get yourself a new phone now (make it affordable by buying used!)