Share This Page

In Focus: I can talk any time, but don't really want to

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

I remember, when I was in sixth or seventh grade, spending hours on the phone with my best friend.

Christen and I would gab practically all night every night from shortly after dinner until bed time — unless one of our parents needed to make a phone call, or if one of us was out somewhere. If either was the case, though, we'd call each other as soon as we were able.

I have no idea what we could've talked about for so long, especially since we saw each other during the day at school. And, on top of seeing each other, we wrote notes, many, many, many notes covering all of the tween and teenager topics like cute boys, our parents, my brothers, etc.

Still, we would come home from school, eat dinner and then call each other to chat some more.

In those days, I wished I had my own phone line, so our totally unimportant talks didn't have to be rudely interrupted by anything ever. Cell phones weren't common, especially in the hands of middle-schoolers.

It's crazy how things change.

Today, almost everyone — from the elementary school aged to the elderly — has a cell phone. For years now, mine has replaced the landline at my house.

No longer do we need to be attached to a wall to make a phone call. We can walk much farther than what the springy phone cord allows. We can multitask. I could call Christen from just about anywhere, if I wanted. And we'd probably have even more things to talk about than we did back then, since we no longer see each other every day. But you know what's funny — and kind of ironic? I absolutely hate talking on the phone now.

It must be one of those cases where you want something so bad, but when you finally have it, it's not what it's cracked up to be. It's like when you're a kid and you wish to be grown up so you can stay out or up as long as you want to, but once you become an adult, you decide you really enjoy sleep and are in bed by 9:30 on a Saturday night.

For a day or so last week, my cell phone wouldn't work. I could not make calls, or text anyone or browse the Internet when I was bored. I was completely unconnected.

But as much as it was an inconvenience, it was kind of nice to have complete silence for once.

Kristina Serafini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or kserafini@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.