We need a new word. That oblong device you’re holding in your hand right now? The one that is always within finger reach? That’s not a phone. It’s a computer, it’s a communication device, it’s a TV, a radio, a camera… but it’s not a phone. And the sooner we stop calling them that, the sooner people will stop trying to actually TALK TO YOU on it.
Because nobody wants that.
Scratch that. Your mum wants it.
Have you noticed that calling someone on their actual phone has become the height of rudeness?
“When someone calls me, it’s like they’re walking into the room when I’m watching TV and SHOUTING IN FRONT OF MY FACE,” says a millenial of our acquaintance, who admits to actively resenting a name flashing up on their screen. “It’s like saying, I am more important than whatever you’re doing right now.”
“There is never a time when a phone call would not interrupt me. It’s selfish and arrogant to assume you can just call people anytime.” says another about the sound of the ring tone. “If it’s anyone other than my mum, I assume something terrible has happened. It’s stressful.”
If your birth date is somewhere before 1985, you probably think it’s hilarious that phone calls have become seen as a rare and intimate act. Unless you’re Mia Freedman. If you need to talk to Mia, you’d better text first.
Listen to Mia’s voicemail here. Post continues after video…