Remember when you used to sit at home all day waiting for one of your friends to call so you could find out what you were doing that Friday night? Or when you were on the phone having a very intense conversation with the guy you like only to have your mom pick up the other phone and demand that you hang up because she is expecting a call? Seems like centuries ago to me. Nowadays most people don’t even have a landline. They are perfectly content with their cell phones where they can be reached at anytime, anywhere. It’s crazy to think that by the time my kids are teenagers they might have never made a call from a landline. I guess nowadays the most landlines are found in offices.
What got me thinking about this is all the time I used to spend waiting around for the phone to ring or for my friend to be back home to take my call. What do we do with all that spare time now? Oh I know, Facebook, Instagram, tweet or most likely do something else on the web. As a mom I can tell you that my phone has saved my butt on more than once occasion. Screaming toddler having a meltdown in a very public place, easy just hand them your phone and it’s like an automatic mute button. What did moms do before?
I was talking to my cousin about this the other day. He was saying how before cell phones people were more dependable. If you made plans to meet a friend at 6pm at the mall, you made sure you were there at 6pm. If you arrived and your friend wasn’t there….well, you waited, sometimes for half an hour. Nowadays, people run late or just don’t show up because they know all they have to do is text or call to make it right. How about using your phone for navigation? Did you ever take a road trip and you were the navigator? Holding that big paper map, making sure you paid attention to every turn off and town you went through. How easy do we have it now where all you do is enter the destination and then a “lovely” computerized voice tells you what to do.
How about when you visited a new city and you wanted to find a nice restaurant to eat in, or a museum or a shop. You stopped someone local, made some small talk and they would give you tips on where to go and how to get there. Nowadays we have become somewhat antisocial. We don’t dare speak to a stranger or make eye contact with them unless it is absolutely necessary, i.e. your phone battery is dead or for some strange reason Google isn’t working!! I can’t get over how much things have changed in such a short space of time or how dependent we all are on our cell phones these days.
Here are a few little Telephone Throwbacks and fun facts:
- Mark Twain was one of the first people to have a phone in his home.
- Only 5% of people have used a phone booth or pay phone in the last year.
- Be careful while using your mobile phone, it has 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
- Do you know that the present mobile phones have more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 to land on the moon. Crazy!!
- Around 80% of the world’s population has a mobile phone and more than 90% of adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach all the time (I tell you, we are totally dependent on them).
- More than 4 billion people own mobile phones but surprisingly only 3.5 billion use a toothbrush. Yikes….