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When I was younger my dad worked for Orange and as part of the sacrifice they gave him the choice of all the new mobile phones available at the time. So had you been in my house in those days – which would be weird – you’d have seen the peak of mobile communication technology at that time.
The Nokia 5110, a wonderful device which could be, of course, used to call someone but worked equally well as a house brick or a temporary bulbous bow. Naturally we also had the revered 3310, which famously could change cover, so you could prove to everyone else who had the exact same phone that you were different.
The list goes on, but there was a common thread with all these phones – battery life. They lasted so long* that if you were to forget your charger whilst going on holiday you could be fairly confident you’d only need to replenish one bar of battery when you got back – after a month in Thailand. Modern phones won’t quite get you through the flight. In fairness though the old phones barely had to do anything, obviously you had to ‘txt ur m8s’ but that was typically it. Well, that and desperately trying to beat that one kids high score on Snake 2.
And it might not seem it, but that is the second best analogy* for the modern mental health rise. Mental health is largely a modern phenomenon, which is typically the primary reason people deny its credibility and say we should ‘man-up’. Anyone with upwards of 7 brain cells though will know comparing modern mental health issues with historical humans is at best ignorant and at, nope, just ignorant. The physical stress on historical humans was enormous and the mental stress was relatively minor – these roles have flipped completely in the modern world, and therefore cannot be compared – so there.
As I see the battery on my iPhone drop 36% as I write this, my mental health drops similar. I get tired so quickly these days, exhausted even. Phones are so powerful we even need extra power packs now to get them to even last a day. To cope with the demands of modern life as a human, I’m so close to employing a segregate human from which I will absorb their energy* for the same reason.
So what I’m trying to say is, I had to wake up early for a plumber to fix the shower and now I’m tired.
*This is actually not true, the Nokia 3310 only had a talk time of 2 and a half hours. Modern phones have 10 plus hours of talk time. FACT OF THE DAY
*If you’re curious to know the first best, I don’t know. I was just trying to appear modest.
*I foresee no ethical issues with this.