The Future of the Phone

Friday, May 18, 2012


The text message turns two decades old this year, and numerous studies have shown a sharp decline in actual phone use in favor of texting and email. Brooke talks to writer Tom Vanderbilt, who says the phone call’s day may be passing.


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Comments [2]

Mark P

Yeah, it's remarkable how clear a land line call sounds after only talking on cell phones for years...

May. 27 2012 01:47 PM

I believe another reason for the declining popularity of phone calls is the declining quality of those calls. I hate talking on a cell phone or to someone who is using one. The conversation is inevitably like a game of MadLibs in which you have to fill in every third word. My cell is for quick messages and emergencies only. We now have a whole generation of younger people who have no idea how degraded the experience of talking on the phone has become compared to what two people speaking over land lines is like. Maybe I've become an old fogey, but I refuse to text, however, if my only way of communicating was with a cell phone I would probably prefer texting as well.

May. 19 2012 12:02 AM

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