According to the grammar book I'm reading, the sentence
The telephone rules my life.
is not about a particular telephone, but the general concept. I was wondering what happens if we omit the article 'the' here ("Telephone rules my life.") Is the new sentence grammatical? If so, how is the meaning changed?
I know that 'the' with a plural noun makes the phrase specific. For example 'I love books' refers to books in general, while 'I love the books' is about a particular set of books. However, in the sentence above 'the' is not used with a plural noun ('telephone').