Do you remember life before the cell phone? How did we survive back then?
As a teacher, I once challenged my form group to not use technology for a week. If they had to use their phone, they had to use it as a phone and actually call people. No texts, no instant messaging, no photos or instagrams or anything. Just to see if the quality of communication between them and their friends improved and became more meaningful. I never heard what happened, so I assumed they didn’t get past a day. I remember not having a phone, and enjoyed the feeling of freedom whenever I went out. Of course now, I worry that no one can reach me…
Ya, I probably couldn’t go a week myself heh. 😉
Ahhh my friend and I have had this discussion many times! I am very guilty of being way too into my phone at times and have to learn to put it down. I remember going to the movies as a young teenager and my mother saying, “ok meet me right here at 8.” What on earth would we have done if she had a flat or I had lost track of time?! I don’t know how we survived. It is taken to the extreme though. While driving the other day I saw a little girl playing with her baby dolls and stroller in her front yard. She looked to be no more than 7 and was adorable. All of the sudden, she pulled out an iphone. What does a child that young need with an iphone?! I did buy my daughter a tablet this past year and I’m guilty of letting it “babysit” her sometimes when I have a lot of homework or housework to do, but I really try make her play outside more than being stuffed into an electronic!
I think electronic entertainment and learning is just fine. But then again I am Korean… buy our products! lol 😉
I do remember it, and very well too. I’m still often caught with out a phone. My husband calls mine my permanent ( as we call them mobiles here and mine is anything but mobile.) My phone is usually left on the kitchen counter, my bedside table, anywhere but on my person when I am out.
I hate when my wife forgets her phone. Husbands tend to worry. 😉
We love it when you worry 🙂
Thank you for visiting and following me. I’m not new to blogging but new to WP. I can throw it back alittle further and say I remember when we had a rotary dial phone. It took what seemed like a lifetime to dial a number. Now, I’m technology addicted and feel panicked if I don’t have my phone near.
I also feel a little panicked if I don’t have my phone. It is amazing how they have become a part of our everyday life.
Good question. I had my first mobile phone while I was in university almost 20 years ago, it was an analogue sort. Typically I don’t make or receive many phone calls, so it’s mostly been for SMS and emergencies. That is until my smartphone. Now I can’t imagine being without it, it’s such a useful tool to have. Could I manage, probably it’s not like it keeps be breathing, would I choose to manage, nope, not at all.
I would definitely post a lot less without my smartphone! 😉 lol
I wonder this a *lot*. How did we remember all of those phone numbers, how did we make plans, how did we meet up, what did we do if we were running late? I’d love to shoot back in a time machine & experience it, for maybe a month. For old time’s sake, and for comparison’s sake as well.
I might not survive for a month back then lol.
I still only use my cell phone in emergency situations and in work situations when it is truly needed. I don’t use it for casual conversation.
We survived, just as every generation before us. You only know what you know and use whatever technology or lack there of available at the time. The real question is could I give up the cellphone?…nooooo :)!
Heh, I couldn’t either! 😉
Before the cell phone, what about before the Internet? I was slow to come to both but now I am a portable device fiend.
So am I! lol
I remember that being the time where I didn’t spend much time with the home phone. It used to be that the phone was something that might assist in the making of plans but would be quickly left behind without a thought. Now I wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without it. Honestly I miss not being readily available 24/7. Sometimes I feel like a slave to my smart phone Must be pretty smart indeed…can you imagine what it will be like in another 20?
I really can’t. It is amazing the technology they are inventing even today!
Lengthy letters and long long-distance calls to home a week with lots of things to talk about and very less time.
I remember limited minutes and having to wait for the weekends and after 8 pm!
Yes me too, especially when i was in a hostel and the phone being engaged all the time making me wonder when my chance will come. Good old days 😉
Does anyone remember how to call “collect”? I Am Old. lol
Kind of? lol that is funny.
I had way more quiet time to think. 🙂
But I do enjoy having a phone for emergencies!
I enjoy it for the aps now lol. And WordPress!
Sooooooooooo very TRUE 😉
Survived quite well–never thought about it until I went to work for a cell phone company in 1998 and got one for free. Now that is all I have.
I like being able to read comments and post from my phone!
I do as well! Many a time I am laying in bed reading them before I go to sleep or before I get out of bed in the morning. Who every would have thought I would be doing that! lol I get teased about it a lot.
Quite gently – making a phone call was a privileged..
We took time to review our thoughts before spouting them to the world. Not such a bad plan.
Not such a bad idea at all.
I miss those days. I didn’t get my first cellphone until the day my car broke down on the highway. I had AAA (roadside assistance) but no way to call them to tell them I needed help. Two police cars went by on the opposite side of the road and my parents went whizzing by. When I finally got home — there was a message on my answering machine from my parents saying the craziest thing happened — they saw a car just like mine broken down on the highway… I finally got a cellphone. I will date myself and ask does anyone remember when our phones had party-lines? A group of people all shared the same line. If you wanted to talk you had to wait until the other person was done. And yes, they could listen to your conversation.
Heh yes I remember party lines. Wow! Take me back lol.
I was 14 when I bought myself the first cell phone. How did I survive before that? Well, that was really easy – I didn’t need it :))
LoL, 🙂 We didn’t need what we didn’t know we wanted back then either. lol
With patience and ingenuity. We made carefully laid plans that would often fall to the wind once we met up. We went out and explored, climbed fences, watched live music, and hung out in cafes, parks, libraries, corner stores, vinyl shops…..I am making myself nostalgic.
lol you are making me nostalgic as well.
Like today for me…:) I’m probably one of the few peoples without a cell phone….although occasionnaly I do rely on my friends…eventually I will get one..
Do you ever have to look for a pay phone at a gas station? lol 😉
I don’t have a car either…:D, but pay phone are becoming an endangered species…:), maybe I should keep with me a few ‘pigeons voyageurs’….or asking friends or a stranger and give him 1 or 2$…
I don’t know about you, but I used to hang out by the fax machine.
LoL really? I always went to the 7-11
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