Personal · 3 July 2009 ·
About three or four years ago, a new trend started. People started using headsets for mobile phones. At first these headsets were rather bulky, and only a few people used them. Most of them were business men, walking down the streets, looking busy and important in their tight black suits and with their hasty movements. Then, about a year later a new kind of people started using these devices: The self-made businessmen, with less tight suits, but even hastier movements.
But recently, whilst walking down the streets in Berlin I noticed a rather ordinary-looking girl talking to herself. Well, not really herself, that’s only what it looked like. Rather, she seemed to be talking to her boyfriend. But apart from the cable running down to her pocket, there was no indication that she wasn’t talking to herself. A couple of years ago, anyone talking to themselves would be considered to be slightly mad at least, but today you can’t be sure whether they are actually just taking a phone call.
I, for my part, am rather head-set-phobic, I have to admit. I don’t know why but i would feel slightly discomforted if there is nothing to hold onto when I’m on the phone. Maybe I would hold up my arm, pressing my hand against the earpiece, supposedly blocking out traffic noise. But actually I just want everyone to know “Hey, I’m not speaking to myself, I’m on the phone!”
Maybe I’m getting old. Or maybe it’s just me who’s the nutter.
I want to conclude with a wee joke:
Man: “Doctor, doctor, I’m hearing voices but I can’t see anyone!”
Doctor: “When does that happen?”
Man: “Whenever I’m on the phone!”