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We have more means of communication
available to us than ever before, says
regular contributor Shirley McHugh, but
how effectively are we communicating?
ONCE UPON A time not so very long
ago, you picked up a telephone
attached to a cord and you spoke
to someone. When you were finished, the
phone went back to its cradle or onto the
wall. It was so simple.
Now, we not only have phones with cords;
we have cordless phones, stand-alone
phones, mobile phones, smart phones,
blackberries, blueberries, perhaps
raspberries; we have iPods and iPads, and
notebooks and to-do pads -- and so many
other pads -- and we can play games with
our phones, listen to the news, watch
movies, see the footy, tweet our friends,
play music, send photographs, take
videos -- we don't even have to talk -- we
have a phone that is a total amusement
centre! At times, I do believe, it is used as
Some of us, however, don't want to be
amused, we just need to talk to a human,
as opposed to a robot, receive a message,
pass on a message or just simply
communicate. Some of us actually use
land lines and some of us have children
who answer the phone. Ah, there's the
rub...sometimes it goes like this:
Me: Oh hullo, is that you, Audrey?
Me: How are you, Audrey?
Me: Is your mother there?
Me: Is she nearby?
Me: Could you tell her that it is Mary
Me: Audrey, could you get your mother to
the phone, now?
And then you hear the raucous:
Mummmm, it's Mary on the phone.
Mum: Mary who, Audrey?
Mum: Didn't you ask?
Mum: I've told you always to
ask who is calling. What are
Audrey: I'm using my phone...I'm
Remember when children used to say:
"Hello, it's Audrey speaking...just wait a
moment and I'll get Mum," or, "Hello, it's
Audrey speaking, just wait a moment and
I'll get Dad. Who shall I say is calling?"
It doesn't take long to get these few
words out and then it's all over, but is
it a fact that young people prefer to talk
with their fingers rather than vocalise
their thoughts? That seems to be the
case because since 1999, the startling
facts are that for every person born,
two young people have purchased
phones, and with the expansion of
technology and the facilities that
accompany smart phone usage,
these same young people are
now able to interact with their
peers via Facebook, Twitter, to
share movies on YouTube, and
other social media.
Young people's need to communicate with
each other via technology is such that it's
estimated that the youth market in mobile
phone purchases will increase by 50%
over the next four years. The number of
young people using mobiles worldwide will
reach approximately two billion by the end
of 2012, which is -- hold onto your hats --
double the population of China.
My mobile phone is important
to me because it provides the
ability to communicate
with various people
and networks. I mainly
use it for emergency
phone calls to
social chats with
I use my phone to make
important calls and
that's about it. I
hate texting with
a passion but still
don't think I could
get by today
I rarely use my phone
for anything, I
believe life is
a lot easier
without it and it
makes life a lot
Phones help to organise
social gatherings and find
information via the internet.
Plus, we can
. . .young
to talk with
HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR MOBILE PHONE TO YOU?
Aurora invited Year 11 students from St Clare's High School Taree to share their thoughts.
By SHIRLEY MCHUGH
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