We may laugh, we may cry, we may curse. It may be thought-provoking or a much-needed no-brainer after an intense work-week. Freaky Fridays are all about a change of pace, oddities, or simply off-topic posts. So let’s get started!
If you’re anything like the norm, you’ve always got your cell phone nearby. And while I love my phone, and often wondered how the heck I lived without it, I do often think of the time before smart phones ( I may be dating myself just a tad with this post). Some things about it were oh-so-nice. Can you remember?
Several months ago (maybe January or so), I decided to deactivate my personal Facebook account–gasp! I found myself on it constantly, uploading pictures, silently stalking past and present friends alike. I made the decision because I found myself falling prey to all of the crazy negativity–watching beefs and notifications of every rude comment, and even stumbled upon a couple of beefs of my own. I wondered why I was giving hundreds of people who maybe truly don’t give two-shits about me, insight into my treasured photos and family time. I missed out on valuable conversations with friends and family members who were sitting right next to me due to scrolling around on Facebook. I didn’t want to waste time actually watching my precious son growing up all because I was using my camera phone to capture pics to upload for a bunch of “friends” LAME.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the road, and witnessed some asshole bobbing and weaving in traffic…aimlessly floating into my lane, only to drive past and see them texting. Infuriating, truly. No text on earth is that damn important.
Remember when you didn’t have to worry about someone capturing you on camera doing dumb shit? You could just do it, look ugly, feel like an ass, laugh, and enjoy it?
Do you remember when people ACTUALLY CALLED YOU to wish you a happy birthday, a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year? I’m guilty as charged on this. I absolutely detest talking on the phone. If you’re calling me, it should be an emergency–(Lord forbid). And please, please, please don’t answer my damn text by calling me?! I’m sure that’s written in a rule-book somewhere.
I remember being a teen and young adult, and sitting on the phone with friends for HOURS and having so much fun. Now, I run through 5000 reasons not to answer my phone when it rings. And I usually just don’t, lol. With that being said, it sure seems like the friendships from back in the day–the ones you had to communicate verbally in lieu of text–were the strongest ones. It’s so easy to ignore a text or half-ass respond when you’re used to them not being really PRESENT in your life or truly talking to them anyway.
The verdict is this–I didn’t divorce my phone. But we are currently separated going through counseling. I still text in lieu of calling, and really prefer it that way. And I have not reactivated my Facebook. I’m not saying I won’t ever do it–there are things about it I enjoyed. But boy on the flipside, am I enjoying my privacy. My household is a positive and happy one, so why let the bullshit in? And, I’m avoiding the temptation of spending time on it when I could be reading an effin book or something else for godsakes! Sure, I SnapChat, text, and still take pictures of my son. But I much prefer to actually live in the moment, truly experience things, and not do everything from behind a phone. It’s usually plugged in somewhere, and not in my hand like before.
What do you guys think? Do you spend too much time on your phone Googling, texting or FBing? I’m curious, and would love to hear!