The Phone Is Pavlov’s Bell?

by Joseph Ratliff

“In his initial experiment, Pavlov used a bell to call the dogs to their food and, after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the bell.”

From "Classical conditioning" on Wikipedia

So when the phone rings, what do you do?

Answer it, right?  Or should you?

Have you ever thought about the absolute power the telephone (or a cell phone) has on some people’s lives?

An example…

You’re coming through the door with groceries, and the phone rings right when you come through the door, or even worse, has been ringing (so you feel the really urgent call to answer it).

Do you drop your groceries and run to the phone?  Why? Why couldn’t you set your groceries down, even make and eat dinner…then return the call?  What could really happen in the few minutes or hours you might wait to return that phone call?

Do you really need to feel that busy or something?

Is there some law that says you absolutely, under any circumstances, no matter what you’re doing…answer the phone right when it rings?  Or could you decide when you answer it?

That my friends, is only one example of how much power the telephone has over us humans (a version of Pavlov’s bell in my opinion).  Unless we make the conscious choice to do something about it that is.

But most people won’t.

So those people’s life activities are controlled and dictated by the ringing of the telephone…simply amazing.

For this post, I will leave you with one final thought…

What if you were in 100% control of when and where your phone calls took place (because you’re not if you’re answering it, when it rings)?