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When I set the alarm on my cell phone last week the night before Daylight Savings ended, I noticed that it had automatically corrected for the time change the next day. Pretty cool. I love how cell phones do all this stuff automatically so I don’t have to worry about.

Man, what did we do before cell phones? I’ll tell you what we did – we slept in an hour later the first day of Daylight Savings, on purpose, and then told our teachers or bosses we forgot to set our clocks forward.

There were other advantages of not having a cell phone back in the day. You could go to parties that raged ‘til dawn and tell your parents you were spending the night at your best friend’s house. You just had to call your parents once you were safely at your friend’s house and let them know you were there. Only you weren’t actually calling them from your friend’s house, you were calling from a pay phone down the street from the party. (I never did that, Dad.) There was no caller ID on rotary phones, so your parents didn’t know where you were calling from. And they couldn’t call your cell phone to check in on you — because you didn’t have a cell phone — and they didn’t have a cell phone to follow some tracking app of where you were.

You could easily ghost someone back in the day, too. When they called your house phone, you just had your sibling answer the phone and tell the person you weren’t home, and then you pretended you never got a message. And you just kept doing that every time the person called, so your sibling looked like a jerk, not you. Today, everyone KNOWS your cell phone is glued to your hand, so if you ignore a text or a call, you’re the jerk.

Prank calling people was one of the highlights of most slumber parties I went to as a teenager. Can’t do that anymore, because everyone can see who’s calling them. I imagine you could use a blocked number today, but I don’t think teenagers these days even know about prank calling.

Remember before cell phones and all this automation, when you had to call a business? Let’s say you needed to ask about an error on your bank statement. Well, you called the number, and a human answered. An actual human. A human who listened to your question, wrote down the info, and if necessary, transferred you to another human who would help with the issue. And that other human already knew who you were and knew about the issue. Today? Forget about humans. You’re gonna talk to that recording of a woman (or man) who says, “I’m sorry, I didn’t get that” when you type your account number into the phone keypad, or say your name into a recording, or scream “REPRESENTATIVE” at the top of your lungs. And guess what, even if you eventually reach an actual human in another state or country, and give them your whole life story, you’re gonna have to repeat it all over again to the next person because nobody filled them in. Let me just say I’m avoiding checking in on a payment credit issue with my health insurance provider, because the thought of calling AGAIN and talking to different computers AGAIN and getting cut off AGAIN and having to call right back AGAIN and getting put on hold AGAIN and never even getting an answer AGAIN is too much stress.

I’m just gonna go make a prank call. Probably to my health insurance provider.

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