|Me at 18 months old "Talking on the phone"|
When I was younger people actually talked on the phone, the phone rang and you answered it. If you wanted to know who was calling, you answered it. There was no Caller ID, so if you wanted to screen your calls you had someone else answer the phone, and then silently whisper the callers name to you so you could either shake your head no, or take the call.
Not that I ever did this but my sister's did. It's always easier to say it was your sister, except of course when your buddy asks you, "Who was that girl I saw you with at the drive-in?" then you never say it was your sister, even if it was your sister.
There was also a cord attached to the phone that kept you in one spot, a short cord came standard with the phone and really limited your movement, unless you bought an extra long cord so you could move around a bit.
I have spent hours twisting and untangling those cords trying to straighten out the loops. Because once your little sister nods her head and accepts her screened call, and then stretches the cord across the kitchen and out onto the back porch, so she can have some "Privacy", the cords are just never quite the same.
|Rotary (Pulse dial) Phone|
Then came cordless phones, now little sister could practically hide anywhere with her call, within range of the base that is, and now there were no more cords to untangle. These phones were good as long as you remembered to put the handset back on the base to charge at night, or had little sister limit her calls to less than an hour and a half, that's usually when her calls ended because of the battery being low.
The point is you actually talked on the phone.
Now there are hardly any landline phones in anyone's home, everyone carries a cell phone. Everyone but me that is I still use the landline.
Like I was saying everyone has a cell phone and what does everyone do? They text, they constantly type messages on their phones all day long, kind of like an instant email conversation, I know you remember email, email the thing that gave the US Post office the term "Snail Mail."
|Young people texting rather than talking (Source)|
Texting has all but replaced both talking on the phone and emailing, and phones are now able to do almost anything. You can text, you can compute, you can turn the lights on or off, you can start your car, you can control your TV, you can take pictures, you can even film anything from your little doggie dancing and your kids playing, to the actions of your local police department. I know a cop loves it when he is administering a field sobriety test and you stick your phone right there in his business to get a live shot for your Facebook page.
Your phone can do almost anything but wipe your rear, although I have known of a lot of cell phones landing in the toilet. My daughter has wasted more than one box of rice trying to dry out her phone, I'm here to tell you this doesn't really work, and her phone insurance has been used up on several phones.
|Cell phone dropped into toilet (Source)|
You have to admit that people now do everything but talk on their phones. I have suggested that it's easier to call someone than to send a series of texts, but I have been told that I am wrong and I would understand if I had my own cell....
My understanding is....We now buy a phone that you do everything but talk on. Then you talk to your phone and say everything you want to say to your friend, so the phone can type it out and send a text to your friend, and they can return the text by talking to their phone so it will send a text back to you.....
|Me looking at Cindy's cell phone|
So now rather than talk on the phone, we talk to the phone so it will text what you are saying to keep you from talking on the phone?
This is just silly in my opinion.