Posted on 07/08/2021 by Trivia – The Spice of Life
Ever since the mobile phone – especially the smart phone – proclaimed its presence, there are so many objects that have become obsolete in our lives. The list is in fact endless. Be it the torch, the calculator, the camera, the camcorder, the appointment diary, the mirror, the stopwatch, the transistor or the landline phone – all of them have now been relegated to oblivion. There was a time when we bought all the objects listed above and used them quite regularly. However, today a large part of the unused objects in our homes are on account of the advent of the smartphone. Almost all the objects listed above have been incorporated into the smartphone; many of them can be accessed without internet.
Traditional wisdom has maintained that all eggs must not be put in one basket. However, we all are guilty of defying the adage. Our dependence on the smartphone has only been increasing. In fact, the first object we touch as we get up in the morning – especially on working days – is the smartphone; this is to put off the alarm that has been set on the phone. Even though we set the alarm diligently every night, this is perhaps the one sound that we would not want to hear the first thing in the morning, so that we can steal a few more winks of sleep. Thus, the snooze button is used more often than not, once the alarm starts ringing.
The rooster’s crowing (cock-a-doodle-do, which is also a ringtone available on smart phones, though it cannot match the real one!) is the best alarm that nature has provided us. However, this is often concomitant with the serene countryside and is therefore beyond the purview of us city dwellers. This can be enjoyed only on vacations when you stay overnight in a rural area.
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Have you ever thought of the time when there were only the mechanical wind up alarm clocks? The shrill bell of the mechanical wind-up alarm clock would ring and the only option available would be that of shutting it off. The alarm bell’s sound used to be so rattling that even a dead man would wake up. The option of snooze for the extra winks was nowhere in sight. This kind of alarm clock had an old world charm. It would sit pompously on the bedside table, biding its time to go off. Then came the digital alarm clocks. These were sleek but stumpy. In these there would be no margin of error while setting the alarm. The timing could be set perfectly.
But with one swipe (of the smartphone!!), all these have been rendered anachronistic (!!). No one has time for the old alarm clock. Some days ago, enlightenment dawned upon me and I bought a digital alarm clock with no snooze button. I now keep the smartphone out of sight and reach and set the daily morning alarm on the digital one. The alarm(ing) bell ensures that I begin my day on time without touching my smart(!?) phone.
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