Telephones; Remember?

imageBack in the mid-70s we had one phone in our house. A period-appropriate avocado-green dial phone that hung on the wall in the kitchen with a 50’ cord that constantly knotted, it was our family’s sole communication to the outside world. There was an actual busy signal when the phone was in use and the parental phrase that I remember most as a teenager was…GET OFF THE PHONE!!! But that was then…

Today it’s estimated that 92% of people under the age of 30 choose to text when conveying messages or asking for information. Apple says that the majority of its iPhone users use the devices primarily for functions other than for making a phone call. I can tell you that in our home, texting is common; from right within the house! Our 17 year-old will text from another floor, “let me know when dinner is ready.”