Posted: 03/12/2016 at 11:04
I really don't wish to fall out with anyone, but to say ' what a lot of people don't understand is that mobile phone companies' "mission in life" is to sell you stuff you don't need.' is very patronising.
My phone is a second hand iPhone, purchased via Gumtree and the service I receive costs me less than £10 a month. No one's selling me anything I don't want.
Also insinuating that people are answering personal emails in work time as in "I do send and receive a lot of e-mails, mostly hobby related. But in my time, not someone else's." is disregarding the fact that nowadays most business is conducted by email. Even when I worked for social services, I'd be sending and answering a lot of emails every day whilst out and about, via a work mobile using a secure service. Our phones were also set up with an alarm which we could trigger if we felt threatened at any time - it would identify our location and alert the police - as someone who had been attacked and injured at work in the days before this was possible, it was a wonderfully reassuring application of technology.
I still write letters to friends by hand using nice paper and a fountain pen and ink. I also read books, listen to music, make art and do loads of other stuff that doesn't involve my mobile phone ... but my phone is very useful and makes my life easier and some of the 'chores' simpler and quicker. I use it ... it doesn't use me. That's what intelligent people have always done with technology rather than adopt a Luddite stance.
I mean, I'm sure there were some people who prophesied that humanity would lose the use of its legs once people had taken up using the horse and cart