As if there weren’t already enough tags for our identity, it’s suggested that I should personalize my ring tone!
I tell you, Alexandra Graham bell must be rolling over in his grave. I’m sure he never intended his invention to become such an invasion in our lives. In fact, he found the phone to be such an intrusion in his own life that he didn’t even have one in his study.
But that was then and this is now, and now it appears that not only is our identity tied into our clothes, hair, purse, shoes, but also the sound emanating from our cell phones.
This information led me to observe today’s cell phone users, which meant everyone I came in contact with.
Being as inconspicuous as possible, I began hanging around malls listening to teenagers, following business men down the block, drinking cup after cup of coffee at my local Starbucks, lingering in front of school yards. All in the name of research, mind you.
And it does appear to be a fact. A cell phone no longer simply rings, but blasts into the universe with songs, sound effects and sometimes just plain silliness. And the choice of one’s ring tone does appear to be in direct correlation to one’s personality.
After much data collecting, I have categorized a few of the most common types.
The Control Freak: This person has a different ring for each person that is calling. Thus, they never have to look at the caller ID. For their mother-in-law they may have one of many songs referring to that beloved person. The most common being that popular Mother-in-Law song by Ernie K-Doe. To indicate their husband is calling it could be “Take Out the Paper and the Trash.” Or perhaps “Money” or “Can’t Buy Me Love,” depending on the state of one’s marriage. For bill collectors you can expect to hear the sound of a flushing toilet.
The Networker: This personality trait is often linked with the high achiever gene. Most popular ring tones for this type are the “Mission Impossible Theme Song,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and the blare of a tooting horn.
The Single in Seattle Type: Today’s world is full of online dating individuals. What better way to advertise that one is single than by a ring tone? For instance the wanna be bride could have “Take Me To The Chapel” on her phone. If it sings out while in line at the bank, she can smile coyly to the man behind her and blush. He might get the hint. But then of course, his phone might ring to the tune of “Dancing Queen.”
And then we have The Chameleon Type, the person who likes to blend into her surroundings. During the holiday season, she’ll set her ring tone to play “Jingle Bells.” In the summer she may switch to “Surfer Girl” and in the fall she may have the sound of falling leaves.
The Eternal Optimist prefers “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as her tone whereas The Pessimist would choose the sound of stampeding cattle.
As you can see, ring tones are now just as particular to the individual as is an email address, a user ID and a good fitting bra.
So this leads to the question: who am I?
Well, I’ve decided that for now my ring tone is going to be “The Theme from the Twilight Zone.”
Because if you ask me, it’s all getting a bit out there.