Where did all the cords, landlines go?

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Whatever happened to long telephone cords stretching across the house indicating someone was talking on the landline?

I know I may be young, but we were always a little behind on the times at my house.

I remember growing up and tripping over phone cords attached to brightly colored rotary dial phones at my parent’s and grandparents’ houses.

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It wasn’t until I was 16-years-old that the old phone was replaced with a wireless receiver phone, coincidentally the same year I got a cell phone, which was for emergency calls only.

I read an article on NPR this week asking the same question. The answer was that the age of cellphones has created a world of secrecy and uncomfortable telephone interactions.

Younger generations are not familiar with the concept of talking on the phone, now they are more likely to text.

There still might be people willing to talk on the phone, but now talking on the phone is considered time consuming and involves more concentration than sending a text.

My friend once sent me a video of a group of teenage girls sitting together and texting each other at a coffee shop. She later told me that they sat at the table texting, never making eye contact for an hour.

When I was their age, I craved to be out with my friends talking and making eye contact.

Or in other words, behaving like a human being.

I even remember stretching the phone cord from the living room into my bedroom with the cord sneaking under the door so that I could get a little privacy to gossip away from my mom’s listening ears.

Now parents can’t even eavesdrop to find out what their child is talking about it because teens aren’t talking, they’re texting.

Sometimes I wonder if all technology is a good thing.