20 years ago I was actually really excited whenever my mobile rang. Cell services were still fairly new, and heck, we could just talk to anyone pretty much anywhere? Technology is awesome!

Today I seem to become anxious and nervous as soon as the phone starts ringing. What could be so important and urgent that a message doesn't suffice?

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@fribbledom That's pretty much *the* difference between how the generation before mine communicates and how the one after does it: a shift from synchronous (immediate or none) and vocal to asynchronous (delayed) and text-based.

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@aaribaud @fribbledom Lady Gaga's "Telephone" is a good marker of this shift. Previously, telephones in songs tended to represent connection and togetherness, like in "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and the like. But Gaga and her listeners experience phone calls mainly as unwelcome interruptions, and the song reflects that.

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