Gloria Holland is a therapist, a social worker, and a counselor at North Mississippi Behavioral Health Center in Tupelo, Miss.
She's also the mayor of Plantersville, a mother of four and a grandmother.
And she's addicted to her smartphone.
"When I got the phone I had before this one I said it had everything but an Uzi and a toilet," she said. "Technology is the greatest thing and the worst curse that has ever happened to me. You can Google, you can find something with just a touch, and there is so much information."
But is having that much at our fingertips a good thing and could we do without it?
That's something even Albert Einstein pondered.
"He said 'I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction,'" Holland said. "'The world will have a generation of idiots.'"
So the question could be raised: are we scared not to have a smartphone, because without them are we, say, "stupider and less efficient?" Is that why we panic when we don't know where our cell phone is?
"If I don't know where mine is, I am thinking, 'oh my God? Where is my phone?," Holland said. "I make sure I plug this baby in, because what would happen? I have a charger in my car and a charger in my home."
Part of the attraction is, it is everything to our senses. Our cellphones use our ears, our eyes and our mouths, and our tactile senses.
"They don't have a smell app on it yet, so yes can't sniff it," Holland said.
For some of us, we would dearly miss our phones if we did not have them on us because for many, they may be the only thing we talk to all day.
"For those people that are techno geeks they may not have a comfortable dialogue with anybody else but Siri," Holland said. "Maybe the only - well, she's not a person, but an electronic person they have a verbal conversation with. Yeah, I don't know what Siri sounds like. I don't have as nice a phone as you do."
Not having a smartphone would mean we wouldn't have access to "less than important information," which we all know is critical to be able to babble on about in social circles and impress your friends with.
"You may not know your next door neighbors name but you probably know Tom Hanks dog's name, so you have useless information, but not good interactions," Holland said.
If we didn't have cellphones we couldn't be blunt with each other while texting. We might actually have to talk, and be nice.
"We can hide behind this screen and sometimes if we are shy, which doesn't apply to either one of us, we could say something that we don't feel comfortable saying out loud," Holland said.
But then there are the good reasons we would hate to be without our phones - good no phone-a-phobia, if you will.
"I can text one of my friends anywhere that I care about them, or I am missing you or I hope things turn out well for you today, so we can to be attached in an appropriate way," Holland said.
As for Holland, the behavioral health counselor, she is admittedly, a smartphone addict. The thought of not having one, is unthinkable.
"I use this not only for my kids, my friends, I use it for my work as mayor," she said. "I told you that my husband said that if I died, it was going with me. But what am I going to do when the battery dies?"
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