Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a girl who loved the telephone and could talk on it every single day for hours on end. However, things have now changed.
Yes, that’s right. When I was a school girl, I would come home after spending time at school from 9 till 4 and an hour later, would call up my friend. My mum would always ask me what we spoke about, given that we had just spent the entire day together. But for some reason, we were never short of topics to chat about. The same thing continued as I went on to college. The friends changed…but I still spoke to them almost every day. The school friends went to once a fortnight. College friends were the ones to whom everyday phone calls were made…to talk about work, play, gossip and everything else.
However, after coming to Australia, that changed. Not because I don’t have friends. But because I didn’t have a landline phone. And I’m not much of a talker on the mobile…I prefer texting instead. I spent the first few months without a landline and then, once I moved on-campus, the landline system was a bit more like a phone booth system — you needed a calling card. So I avoided it for most of the time. So it’s only since about January 2008 that I have had access to a decent landline phone.
The sad thing is that in this passage of time, I seem to have forgotten what it was like to use the phone every single day.
However, it doesn’t seem to be entirely my fault. One of my closest friends here and I talked more than once a week when at uni…using our mobiles (Vodafone special…free Vodafone to Vodafone calls). Once I finished uni, due to being busy with work, we try and call each other once a week at least…but again on mobiles. There have been times when my mobile is on silent and I have forgotten to change the settings…resulting in me missing her call. But I wonder — why not try the landline?
Have we all become so unaccustomed to using the landline?
I love the landline. The joy of speaking to someone for a long time for just 20 cents. Making national calls for just $2.00 (I have a close friend in Melbourne)
Despite this, I seem to forget that I can use the phone.
The reason behind this post — I spoke to a colleague who is currently on leave last night on the landline only because she reminded me that we could speak on that! Go figure!
So have mobile phones changed everyone else’s usage of the good old landline?
Or is it just me?
Until next time,