People seem to assume that it is impossible to be an entrepreneur without having a mobile phone. I am determined to refute this. I love challenges. Unless, of course, I succumb to the cult of the iPhone.
I can remember times when having a mobile phone was considered being weird. Now the opposite is true, and I am eyed suspiciously when I cheerfully declare that I have none.
Well, the German Federal Office for Statistics has published a consumer report, precisely a report on what consumer goods German households possess. It is long and tiresome, filled to the brink with numbers (and no charts, which is bad; but that also means no pie charts, which is good). The short summary is here: EVS 2008: Ausstattung mit Gebrauchsgütern. Two numbers are especially striking: 86.3% of all households own at least one mobile phone. Which means I belong to the remaining 13.7%. Should qualify me as elite, shouldn’t it? But there is more (not in the summary, but in the full report): a mind-boggling 94.1% of all households own at least one television set! In case you haven’t guessed, I belong to the remaining 5.9%. And people wonder why pupils don’t cope with orthography or arithmetic anymore, why attention deficit disorder, youth violence, and adult anxiety and stress disorders are on the rise? I blame it all on TV.
People, seriously: If you want serenity, tranquility, and peace of mind, throw away your television set and switch off your mobile phones. Enjoy the silence!