In today’s world ringtones are varied, with everything from songs to animal noises on offer. Prior to the age of modern technology, incoming phone calls were signified by the discordant jangle of a ringing bell, and every phone sounded the same.
Today when my phone rings, the haunting theme from the historical time travel Outlander television series plays, and I quite often miss the call because I’m too busy enjoying the song!
It’s hard to imagine a world where the only time you could be reached was when you were at home or work, and even then you were at the mercy of the length of a telephone cord, no walking around the house, or putting your call on speaker whilst you continue with whatever activity you are doing. It’s quite scary to realise how attached we are to our phones. I went out for dinner last night, inadvertently leaving my phone on the kitchen bench, and once I realised, felt quite bereft (even though I knew it was highly unlikely I would need it.) In actual fact it was a blessing, as my beloved footy team (St.Kilda) was playing, and I know I would have surreptitiously been checking the score on my phone. It was far better to enjoy the company of my husband and good friends without interruption, and then get in the car to hear on the radio that we were 89 points in front.
When we travel overseas I don’t use my phone as anything but a camera, and I certainly appreciate the world around me far more than when I am at home when I use my phone to fill in any “down time”. The effects of technology on society will always be a double edged sword, with sound arguments on both the pros and cons of owning a mobile phone. The best example of this – on one hand the use of a mobile phone can be life saving in an emergency, yet on the flip side, mobile phone distraction is the leading cause of road fatalities.
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”