Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?
I am a big fan of new technology. I love the advances that have been made in computers and cell phones. The music or lectures I want to listen to are on my cell phone and at the ready when I want them. I can take a photograph at any given moment if I see something that catches my eye. I can send a text to a friend to let them know I am thinking about them, when I don’t have time for a conversation but want them to know they are on my mind. I can send them a photo at the same time too. I think back to the world I grew up in and marvel at how far we have come.
That being said, this prompt reminded me of one thing I do miss. The receiver on a rotary phone. I like to talk on the phone while I am doing other things. Cooking, cleaning, why waste the time just sitting there, I figure. The shape and heft of the receiver allowed me to keep it in the crook of my neck while using my hands to do something else. (Yes, I realize this was not an optimal position to keep my neck in) The shape of today’s phones does not allow them to be nestled like that. Believe me I’ve tried. Using speaker phone is not really an option as background noise gets in the way. They do sell something called a “retro rotary handset” to attach to a cell phone- but it’s just not the same.
Not to mention the satisfaction in being able to slam down that receiver to end a phone call that was not going well. End call just doesn’t cut it.