What Did We Do Before...




... Mobile Phones


As 5G mobile phone networks are being launched; and I thought it would be fun to look back to the heady days before mobile phones arrived.


First introduced in the mid 80s; the first UK call was made from Trafalgar Square.... it was on the Racall Vodafone network. Now just Vodafone.


We've all seen pictures of the big, bulky, phones, that weren't very portable! How technology has moved on.


However, has the invention of the mobile phone had a positive impact on our daily lives?



From a business perspective, it means decisions can be made more quickly, resulting in quicker turnaround of ideas/products.


It allows for emergencies to be dealt with much more efficiently; saving lives through the rapid connection with emergency services from places almost cut off from standard communication.



From a personal security point of view, having a means to communicate gives us peace of mind.


The smartphones we see today, also have access to email, news feeds, countless apps; as well as being media players, with ever-increasing quality of built in cameras, to capture the moment, before uploading to your favourite social network.


Is this a good thing? Is being “always on” healthy? We are exposed to an ever growing band of social media ‘influencers’, but I can’t help think this is not a good thing.

We all too often read about people being bullied online. Causing unnecessary levels of distress. We see images of people that make us think badly of ourselves.

I realise that the “genie is out of the bottle” and there’s no going back, but there needs to be more done to protect the vulnerable.


Also; being available all the time means bosses expect you to speak to them whenever they want. The intrusion in public places is disrupting... listening to one half of a conversation is annoying; especially when they have a loud voice.


They may help you to make arrangements, but in the past, wouldn't you just wait until you got home? If you're running late; so what?


Once upon a time, you'd just be late!


Or you'd find a public phone box, fish out 10p and make a call! Or better yet, you'd reverse the charge back to your parents!


Much is written about the operating system, from Apples' iOS, open-source Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone too; although those last two have been pretty much disappeared.


There is much to suit everyone - I'm not going to spark further debate in this post about what's best.

With the advent of social networks, such as facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc, we are increasingly 'dependent' on our mobile.


Personally, I know that I depend on my phone.... I'm also accused of not putting it down! On the other hand, I also make a conscious effort to put it to one side at the end of the day.

I turn off the glowing screen and settle down with a book. I’m sure the screen is not conducive to a good nights sleep.


I'm not arguing for a return to how it used to be.


Some would call it progress.


Unfortunately, millennials and future generations don't know any different. They seem to get a mobile phone younger than ever - which is the prerogative of the parents.


Technology is moving ever faster.

Yes. It's convenient. We just need to know when to stop and put it down.


We managed before, but nowadays I don't think we'd manage too well without.


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