Mobile Phones and what life was like before them
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.
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