Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
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Rotary-dial phones

Prompted by seeing Amy playing with an old rotary-dial phone she got from her grandparents, and seeing that she didn't know what to do with the dial (she only picked up the receiver and talked). No wonder, since I doubt she's seen one before, and it's likely she won't be seeing (m)any in the future, either.

(Funny that the little icon for "phone" used in various places is nearly always a rotary-dial one, though!)

Poll #1170050 rotary-dial phones

What best describes your relationship with rotary-dial phones?

I've never heard of them.
0(0.0%)
I've heard of them but have never seen one.
0(0.0%)
I've seen a picture but have never seen the real thing.
1(1.1%)
I've seen one with my own eyes.
3(3.2%)
I've played with (or at least touched) a toy one.
1(1.1%)
I've played with a real one one, but it wasn't connected to a phone line.
1(1.1%)
I've played with a real one that was connected to a phone line, but I didn't actually make a call.
2(2.2%)
I've used one to make a call.
84(90.3%)
It's the only kind of phone I've ever used.
1(1.1%)

When's the last time you used one to make a call?

Before 1945
0(0.0%)
1945-1960
0(0.0%)
1961-1965
0(0.0%)
1966-1970
0(0.0%)
1971-1975
0(0.0%)
1976-1980
2(2.2%)
1981-1985
7(7.5%)
1986-1990
29(31.2%)
1991-1995
15(16.1%)
1996-2000
17(18.3%)
2001-2005
4(4.3%)
2006-2007
1(1.1%)
I've used one this year (2008)
5(5.4%)
I've used one in the past, but I couldn't pin down when the last time was to within five years
5(5.4%)
I've never used one to make a call
8(8.6%)

If you've never used one to make a call -- why? (Pick as many as you like.)

They were obsolete by the time I was born
2(18.2%)
They were obsolete by the time I was old enough to be using the phone by myself
1(9.1%)
They were uncommon by the time I was old enough to be using the phone by myself
5(45.5%)
We never had a phone until they were already obsolete/less common
1(9.1%)
We were always at the forefront of technology and so we had a keypad phone for as long as I can remember, even though rotary-dial phones were still common, and I never used a rotary-dial phone anywhere else
0(0.0%)
They were common enough when I was younger but I still never used one, for some reason
0(0.0%)
I actively avoided them
0(0.0%)
A rotary-dial phone killed my grandparents, you insensitive clod!
1(9.1%)
Some other reason which I'll explain in comments
0(0.0%)

If you've never used a rotary dial -- do you still talk about "dialling" a number?

Yes -- and I never thought about the connection with rotary dials before!
9(24.3%)
Yes -- though I've noticed at some point that the word doesn't really fit any more
1(2.7%)
No, I use a different word (e.g. "compose a number", "call a number", etc.)
3(8.1%)
I have used a rotary dial but I still wanted to answer this question rather than leaving it blank
24(64.9%)

If you've used a rotary dial in the past but your current phone doesn't have one -- do you still talk about "dialling" a number?

Yes -- and I never thought about the connection with rotary dials before!
43(48.9%)
Yes -- though I've noticed at some point that the word doesn't really fit any more
37(42.0%)
No, I use a different word (e.g. "compose a number", "call a number", etc.)
1(1.1%)
I have never used a rotary dial but I still wanted to answer this question rather than leaving it blank
6(6.8%)
My current phone uses a rotary dial but I still wanted to answer this question rather than leaving it blank
1(1.1%)

Which of the following is the closest to the year you were born?

Mean: 1977.52 Median: 1980 Std. Dev 7.49
0(0.0%)
1938
0(0.0%)
1941
0(0.0%)
1944
0(0.0%)
1947
0(0.0%)
1950
0(0.0%)
1953
0(0.0%)
1956
1(1.1%)
1959
3(3.3%)
1962
3(3.3%)
1965
3(3.3%)
1968
1(1.1%)
1971
8(8.7%)
1974
14(15.2%)
1977
10(10.9%)
1980
13(14.1%)
1983
22(23.9%)
1986
12(13.0%)
1989
2(2.2%)
1992
0(0.0%)
1995
0(0.0%)
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