Saturday, May 15, 2010

Do you ACTUALLY make phone calls with your cell phone? If you do, you are in the minority...

We do not have a landline phone (you know, one that plugs into the wall) in our home anymore.  We have cellphones as our primary home and mobile telephony devices.  How about you?  This article in the NYTIMES make the point that we have passed the point where we now collectively use our phones MORE for other uses than simply making a phone call:
""Instead of talking on their cellphones, people are making use of all the extras that iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smartphones were also designed to do — browse the Web, listen to music, watch television, play games and send e-mail and text messages. The number of text messages sent per user increased by nearly 50 percent nationwide last year, according to the CTIA, the wireless industry association. And for the first time in the United States, the amount of data in text, e-mail messages, streaming video, music and other services on mobile devices in 2009 surpassed the amount of voice data in cellphone calls, industry executives and analysts say.""

Professor Mark Perry at Carpe Diem makes an ironic point about this process of "creative destruction" but in reverse(??)...
""Isn't it interesting that historically the telephone replaced the telegraph, and talking on the phone replaced sending telegrams as the preferred method of communication. Now with the popularity of using phones for text messages and emails, it's almost like going back to sending telegrams by phone instead of talking on the phone.""
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