Let me start this post by saying that I used to dislike mobile phones. When I first came across these devices back in my college days in 2002 or so, I just didn’t understand the point – why carry something which keeps ringing and buzzing with its own mind? People seemed to love them. But I hated the very concept – I wanted my peace and freedom!
Things around slowly started changing. Everyone began using them and soon, it seemed mandatory to own one. I reluctantly bought the most basic Nokia set. I had a hate-but-no-option relationship with it for a long time. People used to get angry when I didn’t pick up calls on the first ring, the simple reason being I kept it on silent most of the time. 🙂
In February 2012, I was handed a smartphone by my company. They wanted me to stay in touch as and when work required. And I thought – oh my God. My worst nightmare had come true. What will I do now?
On receiving the set, a friend immediately captured it and started downloading and installing some applications. When I went home, out of curiosity, I checked them. And then, I thought – where had I been all these years? I was like Rip Van Winkle – I had missed out on a complete decade of technological advancements!
Nowadays, I play a wide range of games, chat on phone with anyone having a similar set across the world, check my emails, even blog on WordPress. I occasionally use GPS to find out where I am and where I need to go. I take pictures and mail them immediately to friends. I check the latest news. I use the online calendar to create reminders for birthdays and other events. (I never seem to remember birthdays, I sometimes even forget mine. :)) My latest downloaded app? A workout trainer to assist me in, well working out.
It looks at this rate, all the inventions of the last half century – the laptop, camera, TV and music players might become obsolete.
By the way, I still don’t pick up people’s calls on the first ring. But the days of me being the mobile phone zero are long over. 🙂