Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hey whats up? I just wanted to know if we were still on for tonight :)
from an 828 phone number, Sunday, April 6, 2:56 PM

This text message is rather indicative of the modern era. Before cell phones came into prevalence, there was really no way to check in at 3 PM to make sure you're still on for that evening. If you made plans for, say, 6 PM, you pretty much just had to be there at 6 PM, because there was no way to alert your friend to the fact that you might be late, might not be able to make it, etc.

In the days before cell phones, you wouldn't feel the need to get in touch with someone at 3 PM to make sure you're still on for that night; you would just ASSUME you were. But since Leila could not respond to this text, 828 probably legitimately doubted tat they were still on.

To some extent, I sort of resent this aspect of modern society. It makes it too easy for people to cancel plans.

1 comment:

heidi said...

have you ever intervened? Did you think about txting this person to say they got the wrong Leila?