You know, sometimes you read an article and when you read it you are sure it’s wisdom screaming out at you. You know there is truth there. You know you should listen. This article is just such an article but before reading it, let me state a few things:
- she should also ditch google and all the other invasive companies who are ruining her life secretly
- is there a need even for the landline? This is a debate on with my friends now.
The ‘cell phone’ has become a ‘computer in your holster’. Everyone knows it. Everyone feels the addiction and gets panicky when they can’t feel the bulge in their pocket…
It is undeniably a chain, a leash and perhaps even a noose.
Also shared by my buddies was this link.
This article speaks of some technological and privacy reasons why it might be wise to bench the stench.
What we need to do here at W.O.T. is create a useful series about how to break the chain of addiction one day at a time.
Oh! There is one solution, like the landline, not mentioned here and that is that you could get your ham radio license (amateur radio) and communicate just fine and dandy in plain view of the world. Then you can say “Text?? How about ham me at VE7CAK at 5:00pm?” Actually, you *can* text message with ham radio, if you want. I’ve forced my parents to license up because one neato thing not mentioned in any of these articles is that these dumb phones are radio transmitters that can’t talk to each other without a cell phone tower or wifi connection in between. In Canada, that means they are useless across most of the land! So with radio you control your own network, not your telecom. Ham radio baby.
This dumb smart phone ain’t no bottle of vodka – it’s much stronger.
Yesterday a friend of mine sent a list of phone etiquette to make sure that we are being as respectful and professional as possible in the way we represent our company and ourselves as individuals. I am thankful for the list and I made a mental note of all the suggestions and implemented the changes that I could.
However, before presenting the list, I thought it was interesting timing that it was sent to me on the very same day that I published this article. Perhaps, since the telephone itself seems to be a dying form of communication, more efforts should be spent on putting the last nails in its coffin rather than focusing energies on doing it better. This was a point presented to me.
A conversation started about my article was about voice mail, for example. Here is a copy and paste from our email dialogue:
me: There is one person who calls me all the time. I mean all the time. Then, what’s more funny is they always leave a voice mail and the message is always the same “call me back when you have some time.”
“Call me back when you have some time??” I just spent 2 minutes checking my voice mail to find that??
friend: This is exactly the use case for having someone else answer your calls. That person obviously:
- Wants to talk to someone,
- Does not value your time,
- Doesn’t get the basic etiquette of leaving detailed messages,
- Frustrates you.
While we consider whether the phone is an interruptive technology that breaks focus and sucks our productive time, or whether it’s legitimate, relevant and useful we will continue to debate. In the meantime, here is the phone etiquette list that he sent me, with his comments [and my comments in these nice square brackets], that I think is good to adhere while we await the cultural and social shift to complete:
Which do you prefer? The sound of an incoming text message, or a telephone call? Which sound makes you lose your focus more? Which sound evokes more stress? Which sound compels you to take action?
It seems as though the people around my age and younger would say ‘anything is better than the phone call’. And you will notice that they don’t call people much, either. They practice what they preach in that way.
And for people my age or slightly older (I hover around 40 now) the phone call is an ‘interruptive technology’. You are just about to get started on that business plan., or you are right in the middle or writing that blog post, or you have just found a few quiet minutes to read your Bible and then ‘ring-a-ling-ding-my-dingy-ling-long-wang-chung-have-fun-tonight’ happens. Or perhaps some other ringtone. But it doesn’t stop. Then, if you want to know what this person wanted you have to go to your voice mail, only to find out that no one leaves a voice mail any more because who the heck doesn’t have some kind of caller ID?
It would appear the traditional ‘phone call’ for social purposes is dying indeed…
Even my mom who is 76 years old said ‘text message because it doesn’t keep ringing while I’m on the toilet!” Good point, mommers!
I believe that phone still has one place and that is for business calls during business hours, or as one friend put it “I don’t take calls that are not scheduled.” So here is how I see phone still having a place until everyone has some form of VOIP connection:
- a message (ie. text, Telegram, email) is sent scheduling the call.
example: eg. “J-dog. Able to chat at 9:30 for 10 minutes?” or
Dear Mr. Robertson, do you have an hour at any point tomorrow for a phone call?
- the call is made or rejected or rescheduled
For a business, however, it makes sense to have the phone lines open for sales and customer service. Anyone in sales or customer service would be justified to be with phone and on call. They are paid to be interrupted.
Did I miss anything?
Do you disagree?
So Google (gmail, specifically since that’s all I have left with them) used to bother me a little bit. Once in a while they would sneakily try to get me to register my mobile number in connection with my Gmail account under the cover of ‘extra security’.
Hey, Wayne. Just enter your mobile number here and then you can recover your password and stuff if you lose it. – Mister Googal
Sounded good. I considered it briefly until I thought again about why Google should have my number associated with 4 quadrillion advertisers and the rest of my personal information that they have gradually sucked onto their servers over the last ten years (yes, I was an early gmailer).
I refused to give it to them for the last three years or so when the message would pop up from time to time.
Today, though, they changed their message. Now they said “Keep your account more secure! Know instantly if someone is messing around with your account!” It showed an image of some evil dude hacking your computer while your mobile displays an alert.
First of all, if evil dude hacks your gmail, now he’s got your mobile, too. But worse than the evil dude having your mobile, Google has it!
I’m not surprised that El Googoo wants it so bad, though. They aren’t even close to unintelligent. In fact, they are so good at what they do that it’s disturbing.
And for that reason alone I won’t hand over my mobile number.
In fact, all of this stuff has motivated me further to get ‘off the grid’. Thanks to a few friends, I’ve dusted off my ham radio and started using that. I’d like to see M. Gougou try to spam me there.
I’d also like to propose a challenge to everyone out there to un-google with me. I’ve started slowly but I’m making progress. I bet you can’t do it!