The evolution of using a cell phone

My mother recently got a cell phone. She didn’t want to do it, but she realized that the world expects you to have one, and isn’t providing you with any options other than to have one, so she got one.

However, she is in the early stages of actually using it, which made me remember what it was like when I first got a cell phone, back in the days it was as big as a purse, and about as heavy as one as well. Thinking back to that, and to later uses of the phone made me realize there are the folliwing stages:

  1. Having the phone with you, charged, but not turned on. This stage is the one where you only have the phone with you for emergencies. You do not expect anyone to call you. You only have it in case you have to call, as a last resort.
  2. Having the phone on, but not giving anyone the number. You have it on, but are not expecting a call, do not know how to answer the phone if you do get a call, and have no idea that you have voice-mail, nor do you answer said voice-mail.
  3. You do give your phone number out, you do expect phone calls. You are suprised when people do call you thought.
  4. You call people, they call you, you chat a lot. You carry the phone everywhere.

And that is that. It took me a long time to get from 1 to 2. I remember when it happened, and I was so shocked when someone called me, and didn’t know what a missed call was. This was about 7 years ago, and I now don’t know what I would do without it.

I wonder when my mother will get to the next stage.


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