Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

Submitted URL: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/ring-ring-ring-ring/561545 

The telephone swept into Americans’ lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to start conversations by saying, “Ahoy-hoy!” AT&T tried to prevent people from saying “hello,” arguing in Telephone Engineer magazine that it was rude.

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