With the rise of cellphones and the decline of landlines, we've gained a lot. We now have the ability to easily communicate from almost anywhere and a wealth of added features at our fingertips that our old home-only phones never offered.
And, of course, we no longer have to share a line with every other member of the household.
But that last perk might actually be a drawback for kids.
As a new article in the Wall Street Journal highlights, children once learned important lessons on that curly-corded family phone.
For instance, the old home phone was where kids mastered the art of the polite greeting, learned to take messages, overcame conversational shyness and if they wanted to use it at all, they had to be willing to take turns and share with family members.
But the lessons weren't limited to those.
Communications consultant Tracy Kurschner told the publication that she learned to spell her last name as a young child by listening to her mother address callers.
"She’d say, ‘Hello, this is Mrs. Zajackowski, Z-A-J-A-C-K-O-W-S-K-I,’” Kurschner explained. "People were just shocked that I knew how to spell my name by age 3."
For more examples of how old landline habits helped — and for a dose of phone-based nostalgia — read more at the Wall Street Journal.
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