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Mobile Phones and what life was like before them

Updated on February 24, 2013

Take a walk with me down memory lane

You remember what it was like to have peace and tranquility every where you went, don't you?

For me that ended in the early 90's due to the invention of the mobile phone or cell phone as some know it. Although a brilliant device it has blighted our family and work life with it's ability to blot out real conversation and face to face interaction with our friends, family and work colleagues.

Walk down a typical neighbourhood or a shopping district, travel on a bus, train or any other mode of transport and you will see people in all of these places having conversations, playing games or social networking on their phones.

The whole world, it seems has gone mobile mad, including me but to a lesser extent. The cell phone to me is a great business tool and for keeping in touch with the home base. My phone is in need of replacement to a phone which includes the internet for using with Facebook and other social networking sites I use, but until my business can afford the expenditure my old slide phone will just have to do. If I could get Facebook etc during the day, I would never get any work done, so for the moment it is not such a bad thing.How some of my friends manage to stay in employment amazes me as they appear to be on Facebook at most times of the working day. Look at their profile picture in messaging on FB and there it is that little green dot in the lower right hand corner lit up saying, Hello I'm here, come talk with me! Yes folks you know who you are. It's only jealousy on my part so take no heed I am only playing with you.

Seems as though I have gone a little off track on this walk down memory lane. It was so quiet on the streets and everyone walked in a straight line, looked both ways before crossing the road. Now as drivers we have to anticipate which idiot is going to step in the road without looking because he is texting. Don't even get me going on mobile phone use behind the wheel! Cyclists think they are above the law anyway so they carry on through red lights whilst negotiating the keypad on their phone. Life on the street has become so much more dangerous, but not for the reasons that you would think. Yes gun crime has increased, yes muggings have increased, but so have mobile phone related incidents and accidents.

It saddens me when I hear people in a public place having arguments with their loved ones for whatever reason as they blare obscenities down the phone. Waiting at a checkout in a shop and people make calls then cannot speak with the people serving them because of this. They pay their money, grab the receipt out of the cashier's hand and just walk off without so much of a hi, thanks goodbye. What a world we are creating for our children and their children.

I don't know about you, but in my house mobile phones are banned at the dinner table, so we can all speak to each other whilst having at least one meal a day together without the constant pinging of a text or vibration of a phone on silent. My god that does my head in!

I think I am becoming a grumpy old man. We all will have different thoughts on the subject but there are times of the day when enough is enough. Work phones should be switched off when not at work. We need to balance work and home life and the mobile phone has managed to disrupt that balance if we allow it.

The mobile phone means we are always obtainable by anyone who wishes to contact us whenever they choose. Even when switched off they can leave messages so when you switch back on you are interrupted immediately and that cannot be good. You just have to manage that the best way you can.


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An early 1980s Cell Phone


Our Lives Will Never Be The Same Again

Because of the cell phone our lives will never be the same again. And that is not always a good thing. But it is the way in which we manage our lives we have to change to allow for new technology. I guess we have to try adapt to the new technologies by embracing them. The main thing is not to allow the technology to rule us. If we get a product or item which is meant to save time or make lives easier, then it should do just that. The mobile phone does that but brings with it some issues which really do impact seriously on our lives.

Children have no need to adapt to the technology of the time as they are being brought up with it. Older people, however, set in their ways have to really see the benefit of a new way of doing things before it can be accepted as a better way than any older way of working that they have been used to.

Our lives, therefore, have been changed forever and the days of peace and quiet in our towns and cities will never return as you will always be able to hear the ringing of a phone at a restaurant, in a bar, whilst shopping or virtually any public place. The shouts of ''Hello, hello, hello''! in an area of poor reception will be with us always.

But what of the future, will it do away with the credit card? Will the cell be able to make contactless payments in a shop?This I believe is already happening. Load your phone up with credit and away you go.

Future security of your phone and data must be safeguarded also as criminal minds find ways to alleviate you of your money and personal details.

Things have really moved on in the last 10 to 15 years and will, I am certain keep moving for a long time to come.

There are many more advances I haven't even touched here like using your phone as a camera an organiser a word processor and so on. Not to mention it being a games console and the rest which I am sure you will all add in your own mind.

You Got The Message

I think by now that you will have got the real message being given off by this article. That is this, the mobile phone is a great addition to our lives and our future generations. It's just that I feel something was lost along the way. It goes back to my childhood when we never had such things and life seemed a lot slower in pace. Not necessarily happier times or as exciting as today. They were just simple times when more of us seemed to be happy with their lot in life as opposed to today when we are all striving to achieve bigger and better things. Trying to do this, though only keeps us wanting more all of the time and companies around the world are fuelling this with the innovative products that they are producing globally.

It would be nice just to go back in time and lose all the trappings and go back to those simple times. I would love to show all the teenagers of today what they have missed out on. They wouldn't agree I am sure but what the hell, it will never happen anyway.

Please Feel Free To comment

I would be grateful if you would comment on this article in the series of articles for my 30/30 Hub Challenge.

You can do so by going below to the comments section. Vote if you like on what you think about the content of this Hub.

Many thanks and I hope to hear from you very soon.

Steve (poshcoffeeco)

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  • Lauryallan profile image


    7 years ago

    My life changed a few years ago and I made the decision to get rid of my cell phone. Best decision I ever made. My friends think I am crazy but I really don't need one. Plus I get really sick of hearing people talking so loud 'cause they are on their cell pones.

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    Alecia Murphy 

    7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I'm in my mid twenties so I remember life before cell phones in the 90s and early 2000s. I really don't rely on my phone as much as other people my age. I use it when necessary but I've never been much for having my phone do more than answer calls and send messages. In fact my phone is probably the most significantly simple piece of technology I own even compared to my television. I agree that it has changed our lives and not for the better. We can't always disconnect like with a regular phone and we can't just ignore someone without them knowing somehow. Great trip down memory lane and great hub!

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    vasantha T k 

    7 years ago from Bangalore

    I use my cell phone only for emergency. I used a simple mobile without camera before joining hubpages. After joining hubpages I am becoming addicted to taking photos from my mobile, but not for conversations. Thanks for sharing.Voted interesting.

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    Sunnie Day 

    7 years ago

    Great article and you bring up such great points. I used to have a big phone I called my big banana phone it seemed forever but when the snickers started behind my back in the grocery line I knew it was time to get something have lost much face to face is kids text for a couple years before I even tried..still like a phone call better.

    Take care and thanks,


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    Marisa Hammond Olivares 

    7 years ago from Texas

    poshcoffeeco - I can't even imagine life without a cell phone. It is amazing how one begins to adapt and evolve with technology. Cell phone manners are important though. Some people are not very good about shared space during public conversations.

    Home phones are definitely becoming a thing of the past. I literally unplugged my home phone from the jack because I got sick of all the telemarketers. PDCKaraokeGuy's comment made me giggle. I had one of those big bulky phones in the early 90's. I had not heard the term 'yuppy' in a long time.

    Thanks for sharing

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    Justin W Price 

    7 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    Hey Steve. it's really strange now to even meet people who have a home phone. I remember when I was in high schools my parents got one of those big blocky cell phones. My dad traveled a lot for work so it made sense to have a way to keep in touch with him. My friends saw him talking on it one day and called him a yuppy :-)

    I enjoy my cell phone, but it's not my life. My stepsister, who is two years then me (I'm 31) literally has her phone in her hand at all times. I read a story about a gentleman actually getting hi IPhone surgically implanted under his skin. It's kind of nuts.

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    7 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

    Another super article Steve. I actually wrote a similar article over on my One Outlaw's Opinion Blog-spot blog more specific to what insurance adjusting was like prior to cell phones. I enjoyed the article tremendously as I do all of your writings. Like I said over on Google+, "you are the man" you must be drinking tons of "Red Bull" and or that "Posh Coffee" and not sleeping to do all the writing you are doing. My hat is off to you and Yes, I do wear an Indiana Jones Hat. LOL. You're a fine writer. Keep on writing.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I agree with faith about using phones at the dinner table. In general, if I'm anywhere with other people, I try to really limit how much I'm using my phone to do anything because it is rude. I wish that more people would do the same a little more often.

    I do really like having e-mail on my phone, but I don't do Twitter, Facebook, or much of anything else on it. I'm really not sure how many updates we need to get all day long...

  • faith_love_hope32 profile image


    7 years ago

    I completely agree about the dinner table! I have the same rule in my house. It's just plain rude to text at the dinner table. And honestly even though I am completely obsessed with mine...I DO miss the days without it. Definitely much more peaceful.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I enjoyed my stroll down memory lane BUT I am addicted to my iPhone. I admit I do need rehab but it wouldn't be a successful stint for me so there's no point. I do spend some time without my phone...when I'm sleeping!:)

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    7 years ago from Neverland

    Oh Haunty...he didn't post this hub on your wall because it was all for me. The lady who has her icon and green dot on constantly and chats all day from work hahah its true. My cell vibrates and blinks when I get a new facebook chat or message, phone text or call, and Twitter update or mention. I. Am. Addicted.

    Steve, I get your message. I will put down my phone, turn off my computer, and be less of a media whore! Great hub man.

  • Haunty profile image


    7 years ago from Hungary

    I got my first mobile phone in 2000 when I graduated from high school. It seems like it was ages ago. I can't remember what life was like before that.

    Do you know this look? It's for not posting your hub on my wall!

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    7 years ago

    I believe it depends on the person, we do not all have to follow blindlessly. I have a simple Cell phone, which I use for emergency purpose only ( as they have taken all the emergency phones off the highways). I also use it to keep in touch with my daughter, she is the only person who has the number. As to Facebook, I use it for business mainly, I do have family and a few friends, who follow me, but I never go on it unless someone contacts me first, and when I post the hubs I've written.

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    Steve Mitchell 

    7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    icountthetimes, thanks for taking the time to comment. You are right, most people now would be lost without their gadgets.

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    7 years ago

    It's strange how these items go from existing in a persons imagination, to being an indispensable part of peoples' lives. If somebody took away my mobile phone, laptop and TV I don't know what I'd do with myself. It's a bit concerning really to realise that.


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