Tuesday 25 July 2017

Forget apps, we need to reclaim the art of conversation

Worryingly phone calls are fast becoming relics of a bygone era, replaced by texting, chat apps, emails, Facebook and iMessages
Worryingly phone calls are fast becoming relics of a bygone era, replaced by texting, chat apps, emails, Facebook and iMessages
Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

Do you remember phone calls? You know that old-fashioned custom where you put a black thing up to your ear and spoke to someone in real time?

We can all recall hours and hours spent on the blower (it used to be the "landline" and in recent years more likely a "mobile") gossiping and chatting with that friend you only said goodbye to in the classroom a few hours before. Or whispering sweet nothings down the line with your boyfriend or girlfriend as your parents roared at you to hang up as the phone bill would be huge, or your mobile credit wasted - and anyway you had homework to do.

And as you got older, the phone was vital in your work, no matter what business or sector you were in. You cultivated business, contacts and relationships over the phone. If the lines went down, business came to a full stop.

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