In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. The tech has grown and changed greatly over the past 140 some years.
In the late seventies, most of my friends had home phones, but some people in rural areas had “party lines” which means several homes shared a single line. My best friend and I, probably around nine or ten years old, were once interrupted by one of her neighbors telling us to get off the phone so someone else could use it.
I was married before I got my first cell phone. It was a big, important, expensive purchase and my husband and I were very, very careful to only use it rarely and briefly.
I resisted the idea of a smartphone for many years. My husband bought me one for Christmas sometime in the early 20-teens. I was definitely not ready for such a complicated, expensive piece of technology, but since it was a gift I learned how to use it. I was annoyed that the “phone” part of the device was just one of many aps.
Now, in 2018, I almost always have my phone close at hand and I depend on it for instant internet access, taking pictures, and being reachable to my husband and kids. I respectfully turn it off when I’m in class, but doing so makes me a little uneasy. I don’t want to miss a call from my kids’ schools if something important comes up. I’d also like to be able to google whatever comes to mind during lecture, but although that might seem like a good idea, it’s too easy to find myself chasing something white and fluffy down a rabbit hole and lose track of what my teacher is saying.
Do you remember getting a home phone for the first time? Do you remember your first cell phone or your first smart phone? Do you still have a landline?