Are Wrong Numbers Obsolete?

My landline rang last night. It never rings. I was shocked by the sound of a “ringing” phone. I answered the “private caller” call only to be greeted with a wrong number.

The New York Times had a great article out last week about how nobody phones anymore. Read the article quickly before they lock it up behind a paywall.

It’s at the point where when the phone does ring — and it’s not my mom, dad, husband or baby sitter — my first thought is: “What’s happened? What’s wrong?” My second thought is: “Isn’t it weird to just call like that? Out of the blue? With no e-mailed warning?”

In the last five years, full-fledged adults have seemingly given up the telephone — land line, mobile, voice mail and all. According to Nielsen Media, even on cellphones, voice spending has been trending downward, with text spending expected to surpass it within three years. [NYT]

In this era of speed dial, smart phones and pre-programmed numbers, when was the last time you dialed a “wrong number?”

Do you even know your wife/husband/lover’s phone number or are they just #1 in your speed dial or tops on your contact list?


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