The landline may not be dead

The landline may not be dead

This week, Smile Politely contributor Brock Peoples posts that he and his family are getting rid of their cell phones and getting a land line.

It's an effort to live more simply, he writes, and he and his wife decided a cell phone isn't crucial to their lifestyle.

That's a pretty big step, especially at a time when more and more people are adding Web and e-mail capabilities to their cell phones. I was just discussing with a friend that when we're older, more and more people will rely on their cell phones only.

It just doesn't make sense for people like myself to get land lines. My cell phone is always with me, while I'm not home much. Plus, I live in an apartment - not really a permanent arrangement for me. There's no shuffling of accounts and service if I move.

It's just another way technology is changing society. What will the phone book look like in 25 years, or even 10? I guessing it will be a lot thinner, at least if no one figures out a way to compile cell phone numbers. And even then, a list like that will probably be online. It will put more emphasis on personal networking, that's for sure. You won't be able to look up your kid's friends' parents. That's how my parents used to check up on me.

But then again, it works for Peoples. My mom swears by her landline. She refuses to get a cell phone, even if it would be a more convenient way for me to communicate with her.

What about you? Do you still have a landline? If you've had a cell phone since college, like me, did you ever bother getting one? I'm interested in hearing if anyone out there identifies with Peoples.

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