10 Things That Have Stopped Happening in the CELL PHONE ERA

  1. Memorising phone numbers – Gone are the days when most of us could recall easily 10 phone numbers of family members, relatives and friends.
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  3. Carrying phone cards/address books – Since most of us do not use public phones anymore, phone cards are a thing of the past. Those little physical address books that we used to record phone numbers and addresses are also an obsolete product.
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  5. Mentioning an exact time and place to meet up – Nowadays when we make a casual appointment, we would just say, “I’ll meet you in ABC Shopping Centre around 1pm ok? I’ll call you when I arrive”.
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  7. Writing stuff on our palm – No more handwriting on the palm whether it’s a phone number to call, shopping list or simply a reminder.
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  9. Telling family members to say “He/She is not at home” to a caller – All of us did that in the past when we did not want to talk to a particular person right? It could be an admirer in whom we were totally not interested or a boyfriend at whom we were mad.
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  11. Teenage boys need not fear a parent answering the house phone when they call their crush – Especially when it was late at night, a strict parent might just tell them off! This also means there’s no more getting a hung-up call as soon as we say ‘Hello’.
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  13. Feeling awkward when alone/don’t feel like socialising – Just take out the cell phone and play a game or pretend to be busy deleting old SMSes, cleaning up the Contact List, whatever. People would just think we are busy (too bad if they think we are anti-social). The trick: Put on a serious look when we are doing it – a bored look will give us away.
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  15. Buying some cheap candies at a newsstand to get small changes to use the public phone – If we used a big note we’d better buy a few more things to avoid getting an angry stare from the stall keeper.
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  17. Seeing the ‘Emergency Calls Only’ message on the public phone – More disappointing if we had just got our coins from the newsstand! The next nearest one could be a few hundred meter away and also displayed the same thing!
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  19. Sometimes the public phone was supposed to work just fine except that the handset was missing! Well, vandals are hard to understand…

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