My 'landline' is terrible. It frequently does not work. Years ago that might have driven me demented. Imagine not being able to contact or be contacted immediately.
Now, however, I communicate less by my 'landline' phone than by a myriad of other methods.
My cellphone, an iPhone, lives with me and on it I can communicate in such a variety of ways it still amazes me. One can Skype (which is the ability to talk with or without video to anyone else on Skype anywhere in the world - free - or one can send text messages to anyone on Skype - free - or one can send text messages to any cellphone in the world for a few pence/cents as compared with the expensive inter-country cellphone provider texts). I can Facetime (free video chat between any Apple product anywhere). I can iMessage (free texting between iPhones anywhere). One can text chat for free when playing a variety of on-line games like Words With Friends (a sort of Scrabble for two). Then there is good old texting between any two cellphones anywhere (but, internationally, at a price). There are emails - usually used for longer messages and not necessarily requiring an immediate response - to which can be attached photos or documents. There is messaging on Google, Facebook, Twitter.....the list and the possibilities are endless. There are doubtless many things I have forgotten to mention and, oh, I nearly forgot, the iPhone can be used to make phone calls as well.
In addition I can do many of those things from my Macbook and from my iPad.
I love the ability to communicate with friends and play games like Words With Friends and chat with people on the other side of the world.
Just imagine if (when?) the internet is compromised and all that becomes impossible - even for an hour.
So today I am thankful for all the means of communication that are now available to enable me to share the lives of my friends wherever they, or I, may be.
Note: 'Free' means no costs additional to those incurred in linking to the internet.