Posts Tagged: cell phones

In Case of Emergency

Hello. Since you’re looking at the emergency contact list on my phone, I must be in pretty rough shape—thanks for helping! Not to be a complete pain (and if it appears that I am in excruciating pain please skip to number seven), but following the guidelines below will ensure the best outcome possible.

1. If I am unconscious because of an accident, please call my mother (“Mom”). She has been expecting this phone call for years. If she does not answer, please call my boyfriend (“Andrew”).

2. If I am passed out in a bar and you found my phone because we were flirting or exchanging numbers when I lost [...]


Reading Between The Texts: Sexting, Sort Of. (?)

The Texts

B: Dinner this week? Him: I didnt think i would hear from you again.. haha, Im availble early next week B: You need to have more self-confidence boy! Him: haha

The Analysis

K: Haha. You called him ‘boy.’ B: Guys love that. I think. K: The few times I’ve been called ‘lady’ I liked it so much it was almost a problem, so I can see that. Although maybe the reverse is ‘sir’ and in this case it’s more like you are like his stern but ultimately kindhearted grandmother. Or maybe it is really cool and he was like “whoa.” Anywayyy, what happened after? B: Nothing. [...]


First Phone Photos: A Time Capsule

When Samsung and the Hairpin asked readers to send in the first photographs in their camera phones, we weren't expecting to get almost 900 responses (!). Although we can't post them all, we did look at each one, and picked these somewhat at random. Also: people have a lot of cute pets, and no one sent anything inappropriate!


The History of the Cellphone

Year: 2001 Model: Nokia 5510

Characteristics: Predictive text, Bluetooth compatible, features first-of-its-kind music player.

User Profile: 17-year-old high school graduate waiting for college to start. Went through high school as That Girl Who Is Always Saying "You guys, I have to get home by 12. Seriously though. It's 11:45 p.m. My parents are going to murder me. Jon Benet-style. Guys, seriously. I have church tomorrow. Seriously." Upon high school graduation, this model was used as both a reward and a ploy to ensure 17-year-old girl keeps in touch with her parents while away at college.

Memory: Device was used for a month and a half period. During this time, the [...]


Illustrated Outgoing Texts: Chapter 1


Do You Suffer From Nomophobia? Probably.

A British market survey suggests that we now live in fear of living without our cell phones:

Some 54 per cent of those questioned said they experienced ‘nomophobia’ – the fear of losing signal, running out of battery or losing sight of their phone.

The survey also found that 42 per cent of people took their phones with them to the beach on holiday, while 28 per cent of people said they would check work emails while abroad.

Women, the survey suggests, are more likely to check their cell phones while out on dinner dates, and more likely to suffer from nomophobia than men in general. I often [...]


Talking to Ghosts on Cell Phones

In our politically divided, socially stratified world, it is nice to know that 48% of Americans can agree on one thing: ghosts are everywhere. Floating around, seeing you when you’re sleeping, knowing when you’re awake, silently judging all the life choices you’ve made since college.

But sometimes, just knowing that they’re out there isn’t enough. What about the times when you want to reach out to ghosts, to find out what really killed them, or see if they have any good dating advice?

In the past, communicating with the beyond was a costly and time-intensive endeavor. If you opted to bypass the traditional séance route, you had to [...]


How Should A Person Be?

Not like this. Happy belated solstice, everyone.

Elsewhere in this photo roundup at the Atlantic is a nice shot of "SweePee Rambo," the newly crowned Ugliest Dog in the World, and a true inspiration in terms of making the most of what you've got.


The Ghosting of Ghost

Day 1 hello hi hello oh  oh hi there has to be someone here  there really just has to be i dont want it just to be me here  hello? oh oh i dont want it to just be me

Day 19 well this happens to be a phone I couldn’t really say about the others so nobody knows then  I didn’t say that Some of them don’t wind up here or some of them do but not all of them or not for very long I can’t make you any promises you won’t end up in a cactus for a time or a cursed and collapsing star or a [...]


Text Me Possibly

"I happen to love long conversations on the telephone, probably because I think I’m pretty great at it – I’m highly verbal, thrilled by the joust and parry of a good debate, and the pure audio allows me to stop worrying about stupid stuff like how I look in this dress, and what your eyes are staring at right now OMG there is something in my nose." —Salon's lovely Sarah Hepola is insane.