The ways in which we communicate have changed a lot over the years, so let’s do a little meander back before we talk about the present. When I was a kid, we had a rotary dial telephone hanging on the wall. When I was too young to remember, we were on a party line, meaning the whole neighbourhood could listen in on what you had to say. As a teenager, I had an extension in my room, although it would be easy to listen in from the kitchen.
Email was just starting to become a big thing when I started university. I shared a landline phone with my 1st year roommate, and I even remember the phone number for some reason. The university gave us 5 hours of dial-up internet access per month, and when I ran out, I would use NetZero, which surprisingly still exists.
I got my first cell phone in 2002, and my first iPhone in 2010 or so. I was sufficiently skilled at texting on the number pad on my old Nokia that I could text while driving without having to look at my phone.
Fast forward to now. I spend the majority of each day on my laptop. Most of my communication with other people happens in blog comments. I never used emojis before I started blogging, but now I use them regularly because it’s easier than coming up with words. I like comment conversations because they’re focused – again, easier.
Email is my other major means of communication. I have three different email addresses; one for blog-ish things, one for junky things, and my personal, non-bloggish account. I communicate with my family mostly by email, because it’s easier for me that way. Unless I’m emailing someone I don’t know, I usually can’t be bothered with formalities like salutations or sign-offs. I just say what I have to say, and that’s it. I’m unlikely to initiate email contact unless I have something to say. It’s not that I don’t like email contact with people; it just doesn’t spontaneously pop into my mind as something to do. Actually, very little spontaneously pops into my mind in general. I need some sort of cue to get the wheels turning.
I have an iPhone, but don’t use it much, and I’ve got it set so that it doesn’t notify me of anything other than incoming calls or text messages. Sometime last year I stopped answering the phone unless it was someone I knew. With my speech being slow, I really dislike talking on the phone (not that I ever did like it). The only person I talk to sometimes is my one in-person friend; otherwise, we text. It seems like using phones as actual phones seems to be going the way of the dodo bird, which I’m fine with. It annoys me when businesses insist on phone rather than using email.
Social media seems to be a popular way of communicating, but I’m too much of a dinosaur to have much of a clue about that. For some reason, I’m more okay with Google handling my communication than Facebook. The whole Facebook/Messenger/Instagram megalith creeps me out in ways that for whatever reason Google doesn’t.
So yeah, that’s me. What are your main way(s) of communicating with the world?