If you ever chill without earbuds you’ve probably heard the complainers, they say: “it’s so terrible isn’t it? I used to know everyone’s phone number by heart, but now because of my cell phone I can’t remember even one”. This shit is one of those dark-side of technology arguments, a tenet of the “tech innovations are melting our brains and ruining the way we live” school of thought. But it’s important that we start deny-deny-denying this opinion – as the inability to recall someone’s phone number does not represent the malevolent technological takeover of a brain process but rather a reversion to our natural condition in which humans send and receive communications from real-ass people: aka things with names.
Last week my phone fritzed the fuck out and deleted all of the contact names off of the numbers. All the numbers are still as they were, they just don’t have the names attached anymore, so instead of getting calls from real live people, my telephone is now buzzing with old fashioned 415s and 914s like I’m a modern day Ludacris featuring Nate Dogg.
I’m down with the switch though: it’s like a small puzzle every time someone calls me. “a 510 number? That’s gotta be vic; 206 texting about the giants game? Most likely my dad; a text from a 310 number in which I’m referred to as nephew?? Father Snoop, without a doubt.”
After solving enough puzzles, I’ve started to recognize the numbers again. I see a number and know whose voice I’m expecting to hear when I pick up. I’m back in the land of understanding strange strings of numbers to represent human beings, the loss of which is mourned so loudly by the aforementioned complainers.
So: ahhh, this is just how it’s supposed to be right? The glory days of the 20th century that cell phone number-storing/hiding fucked up….
But to that we’ve gotta be like Angelina in the Jersey Shore intro:: “ummm…HELLO?!?!” I’m looking at my phone full of numbers and it’s like: “this is that dehumanized future; this is the Brave New World/1984 predecessor.”
Little did we know that the advancement in cell phone number-storing would actually re-humanize our communications.
What do you think? And who wants Snoop’s number?