But along with all that there is a down side. Automated, computer generated phone calls.
The voice that tells you about a better credit card rate is no longer some version of the Speak and Spell. It actually sounds like a pleasant person. But it tells you how to respond. "For English, press one." Or if it's more sophisticated it will tell you, "Say 'yes', 'no', or 'Other options". Heaven help you if you have an accent any thicker that United State Midwestern.
The random telemarketing calls are one thing. You just hang up. There is a whole new ball game when a computer is calling you, and you aren't even the one it wants to talk to... for instance.
Me: (after not checking the caller ID) Hello?
Computer: Hello. This phone call is for (slight pause) John. Doe. If this is John. Doe. Please press one.
Me: (slapping forehead) Crap, not you again.
Computer: If you need a moment so that John Doe can come to the phone, press two.
Me: John Doe doesn't live here. You have the wrong number.
Computer: Please press one if this is John Doe.
Me: What if I say yes, could I get a real person that I can say "WRONG NUMBER!" to?
Computer: This is a confidential call for John Doe. We need to verify that you are John Doe.
Me: (slamming phone down) Oh forget it.
I have had my phone number for about two years. I don't know who this computer is or why John Doe is so popular. It's to the point where I know the number of this computer when it comes up on my caller ID. I don't answer anymore but the calls keep coming. I may have to move and get a new phone number and let somebody else talk to this computer.
It's just creepy. I wonder if I can have this computer arrested for stalking.