MUST READ: The Death of Phone Calls

MUST READ is mostly for folks who used to read all the random articles on my Facebook feed. Enough people said they enjoyed the articles and videos I posted so I've decided to make it a regular column here on Buddy Ruski as I continue to try and limit my Facebook use.

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Okay, here's the first of many MUST READS.

Our generation was the last to enjoy the splendor of dial-up internet, landlines, and Netflix as a mail-order DVD service. These are foreign concepts to the youth of America. They will never experience the wonder of choosing a top 8 or creating a snarky away message.

Worst of all, they will never understand the jolt of adrenaline that comes from a ringing home phone. In this age of instant gratification, children are subjected to a constant barrage of texts, emails, and Animojis. But the savory satisfaction of a 6 pm house call that just hangs in the air until both you and your mother answer the phone simultaneously then try to get the other to hang up for the first three minutes of the call... is lost.

What will come of this world?

This article is not breaking news but it was a nostalgic trip back to a simpler time, and when I say simple, I mean a time when you had to memorize all your friends' phone numbers and call each one of them every Saturday morning in the hopes that someone's parent would pick up and lead you to them or face walking to each individual house only to find that all your friends are already at Philip's playing Halo and you wonder to yourself, "Why didn't I just call Philip's to begin with?" but even if you had, there's a good chance John picks up, snickers into the phone when he finds out it's you, calls you a less than desirable pet name, and hangs up.

What a life.

There is a different but related article about an attempt to leave Facebook published by The Verge that serves as a complimentary piece of revisionist history regarding how we used to communicate and what technology has done to change that. Both are worth your time. The Facebook article runs long but touches on important issues concerning the platform.




Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

Telephone culture is disappearing.

"Not picking up the phone would be like someone knocking at your door and you standing behind it not answering. It was, at the very least, rude, and quite possibly sneaky or creepy or something. Besides, as the phone rang, there were always so many questions, so many things to sort out. Who was it? What did they want? Was it for … me?"

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