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How many people actually talk on their smartphones these days?

If you are of a certain age you may remember having to ask to use the telephone. If it was a private call you might have been able to stretch the phone cable to the limits, and then to sit on the stairs with a door firmly closed between you and the bill payer for extra privacy.

Fast forward several decades and here we are with a mini computer in our hands, capable of making phone calls virtually anytime, and yet lots of people (me included) favour using it to send text messages or emails rather than speaking.

I do find text is more convenient than speaking sometimes. It gives me something to refer back to when my memory isn’t great. Also, if I want to send photos I can easily send them via WhatsApp.

What skills are being left behind by this modern technology though?

Why could I not print out a photo, put it in an envelope with a letter, send it to my friend and then phone them a few days later to discuss it? I think that the simple answer is that we have got so used to sharing things as they happen. We put so much emphasis on “now” and that is not always a good thing.

Another side of this is that there are some people who are always talking on their phones. Often they are loud enough that you almost question whether they really need a phone at all! These types of people will get on a bus talking into their phones, continue talking for the whole journey and still be talking when they get off. They seem oblivious to everything around them.

FaceTime and other types of video calling can be very popular, especially if you have family on the other side of the World … or if you want your best friend to help you choose a new pair of shoes! Again though, these types of conversation can be very invasive as they are often conducted at high volume with great energy.

On the subject of energy, someone like me, who has poor mental health, may find it too difficult to have a conversation because of the amount of energy it takes, so another reason why text messages can be an easier way of staying in touch.

This post has been prompted by my phone having battery issues. I have owned this phone for over 3 years now and the thought of being without it isn’t making me feel good at all. I rely on it so much for making my YouTube videos, as well as keeping in touch, even if that’s not by talking. I never thought I would feel that way and have probably criticised people for that in the past. Maybe I need to rethink some habits?

A quick chat with my teenager to see what he recommends, and he tells me that it’s not smart to have a smart phone anymore. Some people are going back to just having a phone that’s a phone. There is less of a need to have a phone that does everything, so less “smart” and therefore less expensive phones are becoming popular again.

Who knew?

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  1. What “amazes” me is that so many people have smartphones but they don’t use it to its full potential to “aid” them. Most phones have “voice text” feature and most of them have good speakers or can be connected to a car but I still see a lot of people texting while driving (why not use the voice command) or connecting their phones to their speaker if they want to make a phone call. Instead, they allow themselves to be further distracted by not using these helpful features. And these kind of people I see sport newer cars with bluetooth capability and the latest phones. What is the point of owning smartphones and tech advanced cars if they’re not going to “allow it to be smart”?

  2. I’m rubbish at talking on the phone, so text messages are my go-to for instant contact. Much less stressful & less mentally draining, way more concise and makes me emphasise what I really want to say rather than waffling on for ages 🙂 Have a lovely weekend!

  3. I hate talking on the phone, so I avoid it as much as possible. I like call display because I can just not answer calls from people I don’t know. I like the computer functionality of my smartphone, especially Google Maps, so I don’t think I’d ever go back to a basic phone.

    1. Technology is so advanced now isn’t it? We can check so much by looking at our phones – weather reports, maps, bus times etc are all useful things! Thank you for your comment Ashleyleia – have a good weekend!

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