Robot Calling

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The phone rings.

I glance at the caller ID screen and don’t recognize the number, so I don’t bother picking up. If I’m near a computer or my iPad I’ll probably Google the number for clues.

I check voice mail. Oh, yay! I’ve won a cruise to the Bahamas… for the fourteenth time this year.

Nine out of ten phone calls I get these days are either surveys or robocall spam. The automated calls from my local Honda dealership that are so conversational they sometimes suck me into replying “Hello?” are particularly annoying.

The days of friends and family calling to chat are just about over – and I’ll admit I’m rarely compelled to initiate a call myself. My dad still calls to catch up now and then, which is refreshing.

I miss the sound of the phone ringing as something positive to look forward to. Would it be a friend wanting to see how I’m doing? A family member calling to share their latest news?

I wonder if I’m being nostalgic for no good reason. Email, Facebook, and Twitter are are the main ways I communicate these days, and they seem to serve me well. And yet, every time the phone rings and it’s not a real human, I get a little wistful.

Do you miss having “real” conversations on the phone? Do you still call your friends?

2 thoughts on “Robot Calling

  1. Yes, I too miss have “real” phone conversations with friends. When I do talk on the phone with friends, it feels more formal than it used to, like we have to have something very specific to talk about before we make the effort. Perhaps I am showing my age when I say as a teenager I spent hours of the phone with my girlfriends…so much so that my parents put in a second phone line…very unusual in those days. Remember the film version of Bye Bye Birdie with Ann-Margret? The big phone call song with the announcement that she was going steady? Wouldn’t happen now, eh???

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