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Why I’m a Freak Reason #4

stump balanceWhen I first started this blog, I did a series in January and February of 2012 about why I don’t fit into society. It turned out to be three different reasons, and three blog posts about why I’m a freak.

Recently, I discovered another reason why I’m a freak, and I know just about everyone will agree.

<(48-year-old me being a freak)

In this politically correct world, you might even call me a bigot! A cell phone bigot.

I don’t understand cell phones. I just don’t get the appeal. I miss land lines. I have never once, ever since the invention of this electronic nuisance, heard a good connection from these dastardly things. The voice cuts out, or gcell (800x559)there is an echo, or feedback, or there is a time delay with the voice and we end up talking over each other, or it sounds like a martian all garbled and warbly.

I admit, I do like the security it brings to have handy in case of an emergency. I also like that I can just text a quick note to someone if I need something. Other than texting or an emergency, I have no use for them.

landline (453x800) wmI never give out my cell phone number, because I only buy minutes, and I refuse to use it to talk. The connections are too unclear. I use a land line to talk, and that runs through the internet modem … which is another thing I don’t understand. If the electricity goes out in a storm, we have no phone. Even cell phones need electricity eventually. I don’t remember it being this way with land lines before the internet.

Yes, yes, I know, people can connect to social media on cell phones. I get it. But, that may be a topic for another freak-post, because I despise social media. The only online media I enjoy is blogging. Plus, I have a Surface (tablet) that I bring with me if I want to get on wi-fi somewhere. Between facebook and selfie’s, narcissists are the “it” crowd.

If cell phone technology is so great, why is the sound quality so lousy? I know younger generations think that a clear-sounding handset phone (or cordless) is from caveman days, but it worked!

Call me a cell-a-phobe if you must, but this is my truth. I’m a freak, and I know it.

Read Why I’m a Freak Reason #5.

Look up from your phone and give people your love, don’t give them your like. ~ Author Unknown

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29 thoughts on “Why I’m a Freak Reason #4”

  1. Add me to your club, please! I hate talking on cell phones for exactly the reasons you’ve said. I don’t think I’ll ever give up a land line. Sometimes I even wonder if we should switch from the “triple play” to “double play” on the cable — not because we’d go entirely mobile but because I’d like that old-fashioned land line that WOULDN’T go out when the power does.

    Mine is basically for emergencies, occasional texting, having a good camera with me at all times, and web access if I need it while away from home or the office. But talking? Not so much.

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    1. Welcome to the freak club, JM. 🙂 I don’t use mine for the internet. Too small to see and too hard to type with my thumbs. Although, I do text, but like you, it’s only occasional. Plus, I don’t pay a monthly fee, only buy minutes when I need them. My husband and I are also considering canceling cable.
      Glad to find another fellow freak.

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  2. I was slow to come around to the whole cell phone/smart phone thing. I like my iPhone, for a million reasons NOT including talking on it. I have to agree with you. Trying to talk on a cell phone is an exercise in futility! I’m a freak TOO! (High Five!)

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    1. Oh yes, pictures too, I forgot about those. I’m a picture taker and a chatter, but still prefer chatting in person or on a land line. I bought an expensive camera for pics and don’t even know how to use it do to all the computerized settings. 😛 I do like seeing your photos, Margarita. 🙂

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  3. Talk about crummy cell phone service: I live so far in the country, I have to have a land line. There’s so much ‘status’ that comes with adapting the latest and greatest technology, I am definitely doomed to ‘uncool.’ If you saw my TV, you’d laugh.

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    1. Land lines are much better. Does your land line go through a modem, or is it the kind that just came through a telephone jack? Mine goes through the internet modem, and it has a battery in case electricity goes out. I know, even TV’s have advanced. I now see there is a curved flat screen that is supposed to be the next one we’ll move to. Technology is moving so fast now, it’s actually kind of scary. Thanks for coming by and joining in my “freak club.” 🙂

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      1. Telephone jack. And I have dsl for internet.

        I’m lost when I consider getting a new TV…no idea what to get, what connections or ports or roku’s or chromeTV thingies or any of that stuff.

        Thank YOU. And it sounds like a club that would actually have me, ha

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  4. Despite what the marketers and technology manufacturers would like us to think there are many dissenters who quietly go about their off-the-grid business. It’s getting harder and harder for them as the Big Co’s impose their fancy new ways designed for traceability, Big Data and further loss of autonomy. I’m at home in both worlds because I view my phone simply as another appliance, to be used for my convenience.

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  5. Yes you’re a freak haha but I’m in the Stone Age with my cell phone. Number one I don’t have any long or interesting conversations on them like in the old days when I could settle in on the couch on a landline and talk. It’s never been the same. Number two I don’t text much nor with enthusiasm (hate it) nor have any internet on it. It only dials or rings haha If I had internet on it I’d be walking into telephone poles!

    There’s a time and a place for everything and definitely too much of lots!

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    1. Ha, ha, I can imagine walking into telephone poles. I tried looking at my phone while walking the dog. Ha. Won’t do that again. Good to “see” you, Pete, my fellow freak. 😉 Hope you are well.

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    1. If you could get cell phone service in the woods just in case of an emergency, that would be fantastic. But, to use one as one’s daily phone, it’s expensive and the quality of sound is terrible. Buying minutes is the best way to go for me.

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    1. Ahh, thank you. I feel like the only outsider, not walking around with my head buried in my palms (with the cell phone) like everyone else. Hope you’re enjoying your trip, Anneli.

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      1. I don’t even own a cell phone or a smart phone or an IPhone. Gary has a cell phone which I borrow if I’m going on a trip that takes me out of town, but I only know how to turn it on, dial, and send and turn it off again. What more do I need? I don’t like how everyone is so into gadgets that they’ve forgotten how to communicate with real people face to face. I’m not inclined to change and tune out the world with earbuds.

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        1. My Gary has one too. Needs it for work. I don’t pay a monthly fee for mine. I buy minutes on a phone card, and they last a few months, since I don’t use the phone much. Good to know I’m not alone. We can be freaks together. 🙂

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  6. I’m reading this blog post on my phone right now…

    I love my phone, but the funny thing is, talking on it is the least common thing I do with it. I prefer texting. But I love having access to everything so easily. But I know when to put it down. 🙂

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    1. Ha, ha, well I guess I should’ve made it clear that I’m not bigoted against cell users, but the phones themselves. Just yesterday, my hubby called me from his cell on the way home from work and he kept cutting out. I had to keep asking him to repeat himself. Sigh. Thanks for commenting from your phone, especially since it must be hard to type it out with your thumbs. 🙂

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    2. I forgot to mention that most people are like you and love their phones. That’s why I’m a freak. I’m sure I’ll find reasons number 5, 6, 7 and beyond to write about my freakishness. ;-P

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