I will be the first to admit I am completely obsessed with my phone. I literally cannot go a long time without checking it. God forbid I do not look at my emails, send my pals 50 witty GIF’s, or check the local online news, weather, celeb gossip and parenting tips.
Yup, I know it. I am sure I am not the only one who has felt the sure feeling of utter panic when you can’t find it anywhere.
It has become the norm to see everyone walking around like zombies on their phones. Not going to lie, I have been known to almost walk into a pole a few times! 💁🏼♀️
When you see younger couples out for bite to eat, they will glance that their phones at LEAST once during that meal. Before these fabulous technological marvels we had to actually look at each other and GASP.. have a REAL conversation. Oh yes, not only a really conversation but one not interrupted by a ping, ding or squawking chicken ringtone.
Back in “the” day, you had to actually call your mega crush on the “family” phone. Might I add was usually attached the wall. Naturally we all ended up having spiffy new cordless phones.
Holy, what a concept..you mean I could walk around my house while chatting?! I still remember having to sneak up to parents room and use their old rotary phone. I tell you, nothing was more frustrating that getting the last digit wrong!!!!! It was worth it to have a wee bit of privacy though. 😉
Not only did you have to actually speak to them, there was always a 90 percent chance THEIR parents would answer!! Gulp!! Oh hi, ummm, is , uhh Johnny there?! Talk about embarrassment!!!! The worst was when their parents asked who was calling?!! I remember shaking from nerves!
Kids today will never have to know that feeling. Or for that matter will they even have real conversations on the phone and not just send texts?!!
There was really something special about that feeling of butterflies waiting for your crush to answer the phone. You felt like you were going to simultaneously pass out and throw up!!! Buttt worth it.
Before our little smartphone sidekicks, one of my favourite ways to communicate was a good ol’ fashioned hand written note! These was nothing like opening up your locker, between periods, and bam a little note was tucked in there!!
How else were you going to tell your best friend that boy your had the BIGGEST crush on, actually looked your way! Or, how else were you going to plan your weekend shenanigans and just generally share some juicy gossip.
And let me tell you, there was a REAL art to folding those little beauties!! And don’t forget the all important doodles on the outside of those notes. Perhaps all the names of your favourite boy bands?! All the boys you were in love with? Sky was the limit, sister!!
Do not get me wrong, I LOVE my smartphone. Honestly, I think modern day technology is beyond amazing and allows us to simply put lives in many ways.
How fabulous is it that we literally can do anything on smartphones. Whether you need that wrinkle cream on Amazon, to lurk on all things social media, do your banking or basically waste hours upon hours playing candy crush, it is at your fingertips.
Maybe it is just me, but I think because of these marvolous little gadgets, we are we TOO available. And I can cause some unnecessary miscommunications and anxiety.
Because we all have cell phones (well ok, 98 percent of us) we KNOW ( or jump to wild conclusions)when we think someone is ignoring us. After you have sent a text either or risky or not( potentially )An hour goes by, then a few more. Beofre you know it , 8 hours goes by. Ok, flip, they are clearly mad at me! Oh god, oh goddddddddd!!
Before cellphones , if we could not get ahold of someone…you might try and call the house a few times. But you would come to the conclusion that they are not home. Simple as that.
I know I have stressed over “typing”…then nothing. Then “typing ” again. But not an actual response was send back. Oh dammmn, they mad. Holy crap…I wonder what they were going to write. Then your mind goes though all the horrible things they were to say to you.
Damn you smartphone!!! Now I have manifested all this ridiculousness..probably over nothing. But because we live in such a instant gratification society, we are so quick to jump to conclusions.
I do believe, that smartphones CAN simply your life…but have a way of taking over. As part of my New Years resolutions, I am going to do my damnedest to limit my time on it. It may not be easy, but I am going to do my best. And I promise not to freak out when someone sends a text back with only 3 emojis instead of 10! 😜