Thursday, July 20, 2017
The Cellphone Wager by Tina Radcliffe
Tagline: Hannah loved social networking...could she drop it for 24 hours?
Observations: This was a clever premise--and one I think teaches us a valuable lesson. I see far too many people on their phones when they should be interacting with each other. I feel a keen disappointment and a little anger when I see a parent on their phone when they could be talking to their child, like at restaurants or when shopping. I'm guilty of too much phone use myself.
I'm not sure why Jane was so invested in Hannah unplugging, but I went with it. Maybe she was just that concerned about her friend being too immersed in her own world. There was a tiny coincidence in this story--that Cute Guy happens to live in her building. But coincidences thrive on the pages of Woman's World.
Also notice that Hannah not only finds romance, she grows as a person and learns the lesson that her friend Jane was trying to teach her. She starts out reluctant and a little nervous, but bit by bit, she gradually realizes what she's been missing. At the end of the story you even see this little tidbit:
Someone's cellphone rang. Its discordant tone was a rude interruption.
I loved this little detail and how it showed how Hannah's perception of phones had changed.
Photo credit: Gonzalo Baeza (cc)