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5 differences between life now and life before cell phones

Dec 7, 2012 By Abraham

From Twenty Pixels

(via Tastefully Offensive)


    1. Bartman says:

      Uh, who DOESN’T remember their own number?
      Seriously, how do you NOT remember your own number?
      And please don’t say something snarky like you don’t call yourself.
      I can’t even guess how many times I have to recite my number when talking to various utilities companies or practically any other companies you have an account with.

      It’s other peoples’ numbers that are dialed simply by touching their name that are impossible to remember.
      But YOUR OWN number???

      1. Sue says:

        I don’t call utilities, etc. all the time. In fact the last time I called a utility was last year when the power went out. I remember my number because I have had it for 16 years, same number I had as a landline. I know lots of people who agree – they don’t call themselves so they have problems remembering their own number. At work we don’t use smartphones so there are no cute little pictures to punch to make a call. Either you memorize numbers you call regularly (and your own number), or you make a list and post it somewhere convenient because you are going to need it.

        Believe it or not, the entire world does not yet run on smartphones.

      2. fartman says:

        wellbartman theres nowhere in the comic that eve closely relates to not knowing youre own number derp it means you can only remember youre own number now and not everyones becasue of the phonebook inside the phone does it for you, before you had to remember everyones , so now you only know youre own. wow get it now

    2. Pavia Lewis says:

      Seriously??? How do you ever give your number out to other people? I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t know their own number.

      1. Munky says:

        I don’t give people my phone number. I call or text them so they can save it…but that’s because it doesn’t matter how long I’ve had my number, I’m dyslexic and transpose numbers all the time, even my own.

  1. Mark says:

    They forgot the following situations:

    A = After cell phones B = Before cell phones

    At the grocery store, forgot what significant other wanted.
    (A) Call and ask.
    (B) Find a pay phone, crap, out of order or don’t have any quarters.

    Just got into an accident on the road.
    (A) Call police, loved ones, insurance company, tow truck.
    (B) You’re fucked.

    Can’t remember someone’s phone number.
    (A) Look it up on your phone via contacts list or Internet.
    (B) Find a phone book, and hope they’re listed.

    1. A. says:


      1. B) Screw them, they get nothing for not coming with and not writing it down.

      2. B) You walk to the nearest gas station, or a kind person pulls over to help you.

      3. B) Get out your address book.

      1. A 2.0 says:


        1) if you do that, you’re a dick
        2) Yeah lets just walk a couple miles AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
        3) Yeah, I’ll give you that one. Everyone had an address book.

  2. Lauren says:

    The second one with the cell phone should be more like “Whew! They didn’t pick up! Now I don’t have to actually talk to someone!!” Haha.

  3. Pspaughtamus says:

    I’m amused that we still use the term “dial” as the verb to refer to entering the digits, as in “I think I dialed the wrong number”, when every phone system went touch-tone in the mid-’80s. Is there a new term?

    1. Mary says:

      I asked my 18 year old niece if she had ever dialed a phone. She said “yeah, that toy phone I used to have!” (the Fischer Price one with the googly eyes). We use the word “dial tone” too.

  4. Jenn says:

    My mother in law still has an old rotary phone in her hallway, but has cordless phones,and doesn’t own a cell phone. The power had gone out and my teen aged son who didn’t have a cell phone at the time asked to call his cousin to come over and hang out and she said, ” Sure, use that old phone in the hallway” He went down the hall and was gone a minute or two and came back and said, “I don’t know how to use that”.

  5. Megan says:

    I don’t remember my own number. I doubt I’d even recognise my own number. I transfered my contact list and the only additions to it have been people giving me theirs. If I have to give a number to a company then I give them the home phone. There is no real reason other than liking it when my mobile buzzes and knowing it’s family or friends.
    I have few responsibilities so it’s not really hard to imagine this scenario.

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