Old Tech: Do You Remember the Busy Signal?
Several times in recent weeks I've had a child – one of my own, or a friend using our phone – hang up with a puzzled look on their face and redial, only to hang up again and say their call hadn't gone through. “The number isn't working,” they all say.
When asked what happened each child had the same response: there was a strange beeping noise on the line.
Inevitably an adult will pick up the phone and try to ferret out the problem. Can you guess what it is?
I've come to the realization that this is just one in a long list of things people in my generation took for granted, but that children of today find puzzling. It belongs in the same category as beepers, cassette tapes and 8 track players, actual dials on phones, and vinyl records.
Because in this world of call waiting, call forwarding, and every member of a family having their own mobile phone, it almost never happens. Life revolves around instant gratification, texting to the point where the phone looks like it has been surgically attached to one's hands, and a 24-hour communication link with the entire planet.
That's right, kids today don't recognize a busy signal!
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