How We Once Used the Telephone
Habits change and one of the biggest in the last 10-15 years is our use of the telephone, remember landlines? The landline is yet another victim of the mobile phone, a device that has not only re-shaped our everyday methods of social communication but also countless other activities. In today's blog I reminisce about how we once used the telephone How many of you remember; • Ringing the cinema to find out times of performances • Calling directory enquiries • Receiving the yellow pages • Using public telephones • Booking event tickets • Ringing the speaking clock (123) • Using an address book or telephone directory • Dial 1471 when you returned home
The modern day mobile doesn't just mean you're less likely to own a Walkman or a digital camera, with internet access on the go, you now have no need to; • Pay bills at the post office • Renew government documents other than digitally • Send post cards • Or send love letters!!
By using text messaging you can; • Keep in touch regularly with friends and family • Advise people of late changes of plan • Confirm meetings • Engage in small talk • Update others with information • Make brief comments on newsworthy events • Engage with loved ones • Send love texts • Or finish relationships
By using your mobile you can: • Use social media • Film events • Photograph people • Check where you are (maps) • Find out the latest news • Record issues and things • Create your own diary • Have an address or telephone numbering system digitally always to hand
Is the mobile device that you own and use fulfilling all your needs, or is it creating too much anxiety and angst and too much contact?
Regularly question the need to contact those whom you text and call. In the 1970s my own brother went to Germany on a teaching exchange visit and did not speak to our parents for at least 6 months. My own father was a prisoner of war and did not speak to his family for nearly 5 years from 1941 to the end of 1945 when he returned. Times were very different.
The question is, is it any better with the instant, immediate and constant communication? What are the medium to long term benefits and are there any unknown health issues that could arise from this constant engagement?
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