What was different when there were no handsets?

When I was little, not even everyone had the phone.
So we either had to meet at school for the afternoon or we just went to the neighbor’s kids and asked: Do you come out playing?
The first landline phone was my parents, i was about 10.
To make a phone call, you had to stand in the hallway so that mum and dad wouldn’t listen.
The first mobile phone (Erickson, only phone), I had much later.

why?As a freelancer I had to be reachable and the pre-warning times of the MRP were getting shorter and shorter. On the landline, they had to ask, “Can you work tomorrow?” If someone failed because of illness at the time, I got his shift for the whole week. So my life could also be planned as “free”.
Later I had a scall, a beeper.If the beeping I had to drive to a phone booth and call back. If someone failed because of illness, I still got his shift for the whole week.
At some point, it didn’t work out that way, because then the mobile phone owners already had the job.With the mobile phones, the expectation of the MRP has been reduced further and further. “Can you work tomorrow?” became “Can you work today?” became “Can you work now?” That was changed again… (The law actually provides for 2 days of warning time, what and with whom you work, but eat or die) In short, the phones allowed employers to plan with ever thinnerstaffing levels, literally to the last second.When I arrived in the current late shift, the people I had to work with weren’t happy that I left everything standing and lying down, but stinky because they had to wait.
At the time, I sometimes said: If I don’t need a mobile phone anymore, I’ll take a China bull and blow it up.The constant accessibility, later also by my mother, has increasingly constrained me.

I didn’t need a smartphone for a long time.Even when I was living here again in Cologne. At one point, my mother said I needed a smartphone. I thought I didn’t need one, so she gave me one. At first, it was only half a year. It was only when I was hospitalized that I learned to appreciate it, as a connection to the rest of the world.
I rarely make phone calls with it, and I prefer to go to the Internet with my laptop.Some functions I have learned to appreciate. As a makeshift camera and my tours I plan on the laptop on the Komoot and then use the mobile phone as a navigation. But often it’s somewhere around or stuck in a jacket pocket and the battery is empty.

So what has changed because other people have phones or smartphones?
Most have no inhibitions at all to conduct their private conversations (their love life, their loan applications) in front of noisy strangers at full volume. Somehow, the sense of privacy has been completely lost.

There are more accidents because people are completely engrossed in their smartphones.Over red lights, in front of the tram… or on the phone in the car.

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