I have misplaced my cell phone. The last time I saw it was on Thursday.
“Call it,” you might suggest.
That would be a good idea, if it were charged to capacity. After this long, the battery has died and calling to locate it would be fruitless.
Thankfully, I have called it to retrieve any voice messages that one might have left. At least I know how to do that. There have been no messages left, if anyone has called me.
Of course, that does not help anyone if text messages are used as the primary or sole method of communication. And that is one of the biggest challenges of clear communication today, especially between the generations, as I see it.
In my world, where face-to-face or real-time phone conversations were valued, communication seemed clearer and plans were not left to chance. One would call a day or two in advance to solidify any plans made. That was considered common courtesy.
In today’s world, when technology is touted as being nearly fool-proof, there are many times when messages are not relayed. This is especially true when one lives on the outskirts, where cell tower coverage can be spotty. I think we all have had times when messages are never transmitted or received, or they come in all at once several days after they were sent.
We must all remember that trusting modern technology to make it easier to communicate is not always an accurate assumption. It may only be easier for those who rely on it as their sole resource.
As well, each generation values communication between people differently. Societal standards and expectations change over time.
Any time there is a breakdown in communication between people, it is never one-sided. Misunderstandings and hurt feelings are the results of issues much deeper than a missed text message or last-minute phone call.
But today, we can all blame it on a dead cell phone.
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