Throwback Thursday: Life Before Cell Phones

It seems like everyone has a cell phone these days. What used to be a luxury is now a tool that many people have in the palm of their hands. Smartphones, such as the Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy make it easy for us to find directions, navigate the Internet for local restaurants or product reviews or even play games. The possibilities seem endless. Many of us are seemingly attached at the hip with these devices. In fact, in the 2013 movie, Her, actor Joaquin Phoenix portrays a man who falls in love with the operating system on his mobile device. But, do you remember a time before cell phones? What did you do if you were driving and got a flat tire, or if you wanted to call your mother for her birthday when she was out of town? How did you find your way around and know where to eat? And, what did you do for entertainment? Share your stories about life before cell phones and how they have changed the way that you proceed with daily activities in this weeks’ Throwback Thursday.

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Bonnie C March 27, 2014 at 8:47 am

I long for the days before smart phones. Even when a conversation isn't happening, too many people are looking at those little screens, playing games, checking social media, etc. It does come in handy for taking some photos from time to time, but I find cell phones intrusive. They play a role, but too often they take the place of real contact. Ooops! Gotta go! someone is Skypeing me right now! (joking)


nostalgic March 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I also fondly remember the day BC (before cell phones) when my time was my own and I could have a conversation with someone without my date/friend/co-worker always choosing to answer their phone mid-date/conversation/task, rendering my presence automatically less important. I believe in the importance of using voice mail and I'll never forget the time a driver yaking on her cell phone actually hit me on the crosswalk because she was so distracted. She is a JHU physician and apparently taking that call was more important than road safety. However, the mobile phone really triumphs in situations like auto, health and safety emergencies and I also admit the ability to conveniently store phone numbers, addresses and e-mail addresses is extremely helpful. Maybe going foreward, the smart phone will be the new high fructose corn syrup: addictive and ultimately increasing personal and societal morbity. They say everything in moderation and maybe with discipline, we can reclaim our dates, dinner with the family and seminars without the glow of texting screens or ring tones like days gone by.


Michelle Biscoe March 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

I remember the pure bliss of having no cell phone. If I went out for the day, it was my time. My time meant I was not available to anyone, unless I chose to be. The children were with Dad and whatever "dilema" he was having, it was a great opportunity for him to figure it out on his own. I remember when we had "mental-breaks" throughout the day, when things had to wait until you got to the office, to home, to the meeting. I remember when I could remember more things without having to write/text reminders. With our modern times and technology and being so "plugged-in", a persons memory capacity can only hold so much. I for one do not feel lost if I leave my cell phone at home by accident. I do not drive back to the office to retrieve my forgotten phone. ---- it can wait until tomorrow.


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