Saturday, 24 December 2016

Pretending To Talk On a Mobile Phone

Pretending to talk on a mobile phone is something people usually associate with little kids / babies playing around, trying to mimic what they see grown ups doing, usually using Mommy's or Daddies real phone, or a toy phone that doesn't function. But, I wonder how many adults do, or have done this but would never admit to it. So many people suffer with social anxiety, specially in crowded places like city centres etc, that it does seem like a good method to help get through an anxious episode by pretending to talk on a mobile phone. Is this a new phenomena? Has it been around since the early days of the vintage brick phones, or has it become more "known" / mainstream due to the massive increase of people now owning a cellphone..

Faking a phone call also has other uses. See someone you don't want to talk to? Just pretend your on the phone. Feeling a bit uneasy in unfamiliar surroundings..That's a good reason. Want to get out of a certain social situation? Fake a phone call.. Some phones actually have a fake call option built in. Although perhaps a bit sinister, this could be a great help if you're someone who sells items face to face.

Is anybody really there...

You could make out that someone else has called you interested in the item you have for sale when another buyer is with you looking it over. Make out someone is really interested, and say something like "You want to come and view it now? Someone is just looking at it at the moment, if they don't buy it I will give you a callback". I imagine in some cases that would have the desired effect and help in sealing the deal.

This feature is found in quite a few of the cheap Samsung phones. I don't know about the newer phones (Smartphones) as I don't own one. I prefer basic retro phones with as less features as possible. Is an E-2600 a Smartphone? I'm not sure, but I don't think it is. I know the Samsung E1080i has a fake call feature because I have tried it out. However, when I have pretended to be on the phone (Yes, I admit, I have done it) I never used the fake call feature.

You only do that if you want the people who you are with, or in close proximity to, to actually hear the phone ringing. If you are alone and are doing it because you feel a little anxious or have a panic attack, just turn the phone off and put it to your ear. Turning it off also eliminates the radiation (Head + Body SAR levels) that's emitted by the phone (Yep, this is the case even when the cellphone is powered on, but not in use).

The funny thing is, that you never really know if someone is faking it or not. Unless their phone starts ringing while they've got it to their ear, while they were apparently deep in conversation! Amateurs. However, people who are more clued up with this method will either put the phone on to silent mode, or turn it off all together. I wonder who the best faker out there is..

Maybe they should make some kind of game out of it where you have to guess whether someone is really having a conversation or not. Best guesser wins a phone. And the best faker gets a small part in a film where they need someone, an extra, to pretend to be on the phone in one of the scenes. Nah, I don't think it would work. It's very hard, almost too hard, to tell if someone is really having a conversation or not.

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