Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Beep Beep

I hate typing out text messages on my cell phone. I probably send one message in a day. And that too only if it was a really exciting day! Like if I met with the Queen. I’d send a message to my old Grandpa because he always devoutly maintained that the Queen never met with strangers. But on a normal day, it would be surprising if I sent more than half a text.

I know quite a few people who send 30-40 text messages a day and a few who even surpass those numbers regularly. This amazes and disturbs me -- in equal proportions. What are they all messaging each other about? Is there some big, secret plan for everyone under the age of 21 to take over the world? Because if that’s the case, then they’re in for a rude shock -- the world’s not such a fun place to rule.

I hate conversations that are conducted via text message -- ones with 10-15 messages being transmitted each way. I bet I could convey more in a half-minute call than in such an exchange of texts, and save my precious fingers from unnecessary calluses too.

Most guys, I believe, aren’t too fond of speaking on the phone anyway. For a guy, a phone conversation has to have a specific purpose. It’s like a Special Rescue Mission -- get in, get what you have to and get out! For a girl, a phone conversation is like a day at the beach -- the longer it is and the less you accomplish, the better! This is why a phone conversation between a boy and a girl is bound to create problems for the guy. But then again, it’s not as bad as actually having to sit next to the girl and listen to her though. At least when it’s on the phone, you can play Solitaire on the computer and respond with a few arbitrary words of approval every so often.

Girl: So then my dog ran out through the open door and my Mom rushed out after it since it had taken her favorite slipper in its mouth. So I looked up from the top I was ironing and burnt my finger. Then I heard screeching tires and next thing I knew they’d both been run over by a truck. I still can’t believe what has happened.
Boy: Hmmm... Interesting.
Girl: Are you sure you’re listening to what I’m saying?
Boy: Hmmm... Interesting. [Black five on red six. Yay!]

I think it’s safe to say that phones are probably the gadgets that men like the least. But as always, they sure beat the alternative!


"A" said...

oh another alternative .....talking on the phone while playing a game on the phone itself (cause i got a nokia 6600)

Anna said...

i see. well,its nice to see how much you hate phones. why did u get oe again, anyway?

Arnold said...

"a" - yes indeed.. an excellent strategy if you have a phone that you can play with while talking

anna - i believe if i'm ever stuck in the elevator of an old, abandoned building somewhere i may perhaps change my opinion...

and i did say in the last line that they're still better than the alternative....

_ð!®†ß¤¥ said...

My personal records on the phone..

1.Max chat time ever: 216 minutes
2.Max SMSes in a day: 147

seriously dude, u aint got the numbers rite..

Ps..I oughtta clarify that my call charges were 10paisa/min as was the sms rate.

_ð!®†ß¤¥ said...

And oh.. The post was read on the phone, the comment was written on the phone and it was published on the phone.. Just felt like mentioning

Arnold said...

facesmasher - i think anyone who knows who will be willing to admit that you're as big a freak as anyone they know.. we shall not be basing our figures on you.. though you just drive home my point... people use they're phones too much..

_ð!®†ß¤¥ said...

Tsk tsk.. Arnold.. Tsk..

And btw, "people use their phones too much".. Not "they're".. Go Get ur grammar rite, old boy.

And may be, your own bias about phones is seriously unnatural. Get a reality check done too, mate