Cellphones… ugh.

I have a cell phone for my convenience, not yours.

If you call, text, email, or message me during a meeting of any sort, I will not respond instantly. I repeat, I will not respond instantly.

What are “meetings?” Merriam-Webster defines “meeting” as “an act or process of coming together: as an assembly for a common purpose (as worship).”

So what’s a meeting? Class, work, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, group activities, mass at church, etc. These are designated, scheduled times people have set aside to be with me. It would be rude to not give them my undivided attention. How would you feel if mid-conversation I just decided to whip out my phone and start chatting up the world? Exactly.

I have a cell phone for my convenience, not yours.

If I don’t respond right away, don’t start sulking and scowling over why I’m not responding. I’m busy

My cell phone is there so I can keep in touch and maintain my schedule. So yes, do call me if we’re supposed to have a meeting and I am late. Do call me if you’re reminding me to bring or do something important prior to the meeting. Do call me if you can’t make it to our scheduled meeting. However, don’t call me if you’re just bored. That’s what my Facebook wall is for. Go ahead and post messages there. Or email me. I will check them and respond promptly, but  do not expect to get an instant reply

Sigh, missing the pre-cellular days.

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Pocket for your phone?

I was watching the news today and they featured a “pocket” to put your phone in and go off the grid . (Here’s the article if you are curious. There is also a video for you lazy people.)

“… carry a mobile device, you give up a lot of privacy. Employers hand out phones, then track them. Social media often follows mobile units around too. So what if you don’t want to be stalked?”

I’m sure there are plenty of people who have already bought one of these things, but I’ve got a really cheap and free way to do just the same: TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!

I’m so smart, right?! (That was sarcasm. We know I’m not. That’s ok. I’ve accepted it.)

OK, I admit, this may be a really smart idea. Market what amounts to basically a foil-covered bag to anyone who doesn’t want “to be stalked,” but what kind of world do we live in if people can’t function enough to turn off their phones for an hour or so. The world will not crash and get sucked into oblivion because you didn’t update your status on Facebook in the last hour. Yes, it’s the “World Wide Web,” but there’s also the real world with people to meet and things to see.

Take a break from your technology-reliant life and go to the park. Enjoy the fresh air and the amazing view. The internet will forgive you for leaving it briefly. I promise!

This is rather ironic because I am telling people to go have a life, but I still want readers… Come back soon, please!

Stalking in the Archaic Times.

Back before the age of technology, …

… before the prevalence of Facebook, Google, Twitter…

… before the times of Myspace and Friendster…

… even before the widespread use of the World Wide Web…

… people stalked each other through the White Pages.

(Ok. I know it’s yellow, but the front is where the white pages are…)

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I opened a phone book today for the first time to actually search for something, and a couple of thoughts ran through my head:

  1. Where’s the phone book at my house…? Do I even have one?!
  2. I wonder if color blind people can see the big red 9-1-1 on the front page. Is it still red? Maybe it’s tinted green…
  3. Do people still pay to be put in the phone book? Do people have to pay to be put in the white pages section?
  4. How does the phone book company make money if people get it for free…?
  5. This is really an inconvenient way to look for something. The internet would have been faster. I knew I should have Google’d it.
  6. Why do they make the business section yellow and the people section white? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to make the smaller people section yellow and the big business section white?! And why yellow?!
  7. This is totally a waste of paper.
  8. I bet people who had to look up stuff at a phone booth would be really pissed if someone tore out random pages of the phone book.
  9. Actually, that would be a funny prank.
  10. The white pages is kind of stalker-ish. There are people’s names, addresses, AND phone numbers.

I wasn’t listed in the phone book. Darn.