Happy Birthday to the Mobile Phone

Happy birthday to the mobile phone - 40 years old

Happy Birthday to the Mobile Phone

UPDATED: 2022 This post is several years old now and the links are long gone unfortunately…but I did update it with some thoughts about mobile phone usage now and how I long for those old analogue days.

40 Years – For Realz?

Is it really 40 years since the first mobile phone call was made? Hard to believe that…

Here’s a link to my Scotland Tonight appearance from earlier this month.

The topic, a decidedly geeky one, (much to my joy) was Has the mobile phone changed the way we live, work and play?

Picture of Thea Newcomb on STV's Scotland Tonight
Thea on STV

How Far We Have Come

Update 2022: Isn’t it strange how far we have come with technology….and especially the mobile phone? 49 years old now. Crazy or what?

First they were like bricks, then they got a bit small, black and white screens that sometimes even flipped closed. Then we had colour screens with keyboards, then everything touchscreen.

Sometimes I start to long for those simple keyboard days again. Truth be told, I liked a good Blackberry for a while there…I had several. They made it so easy to text. Sure, now I can either do voice notes or speak my texts into the microphone while it types what I say. But I liked me a good keyboard.

Do You Long for the Good Ole Days?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish I could back to a flippy phone, or an analogue phone. The days when every_single_minute didn’t hold another dopamine notification. We were not always switched on and contactable. We were not checking our phones over 2000 times a day. We basically lived in real time. I never thought I would ever miss those days so much…But honestly sometimes I do. Do you? Do you sleep with your phone next to you? I don’t. I am now resorting to airplane mode around 11 and charging it in a different room. That’s only a recent thing. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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