One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – A Mobile World

Life was so much simpler before… yet these technichal complications are meant to make our lives easier…

I feel a post coming on! #mobiles #technology #moblieaddict #socialmedia

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For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

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Mobiles.

They are wonderful things, aren’t they?

Gone are the days when you lingered by your corded landline phone, waiting for a special call, then spent ages contorting with the cord to find a private space where your conversation could be conducted.

Back in those days, there was no caller ID, no screening calls. You either got it, or you missed it. And there was no 1471 (on British phones) where you could check back to see who called.

If you were one of the modern households, you may have had an answering machine, complete with a tape deck so messages could be recorded.

If you didn’t, you never really knew if anyone had tried to contact you, or why, until they either met you, wrote to you, or called you again, and you were home.

And the world didn’t end because you missed that call.

Fast forward to now.

If I find that I have left my mobile phone somewhere, I have to calm myself before I begin to hyperventilate!

Seriously.

I mean, what if, while my phone languishes on my dining room table, someone sends me a most excellent meme via my WhatsApp, and I can’t respond straight away? (Okay, in my lunch break, I’m teaching otherwise, but you know what I mean!)

Or what if that text message is left unanswered.

I may need to send a surreptitious message to someone in the same room… about another person in the same room… without them hearing the comment spoken!

Heaven forbid, my lack of phone means I can’t capture certain moments for use on Insta at a later time!

My Facebook and Twitter notifications would mount up. Deleting all my junk emails would be really tiresome later that evening.

My poor games would be notifying me how much they missed me!

Oh, and I could actually miss a phone call.

But, would the world stop spinning because I didn’t look at my phone?

Would I be unfriended by the masses because I wasn’t ‘there’ virtually to react to how fantastic their lunches looked?

Let’s be honest. No.

Nothing major would happen.

Though I end up feeling guilty that I haven’t been available for those  who have actively sent communications my way, meme, message or otherwise!

And if there was an emergency, the people who know me and need me have my work contact. My daughter is in school with me. My son’s school has the right details. My Hubby Dearest’s work is aware of how to get in touch with me too.

The problem lies in us making ourselves far too available nowadays.

And technology has developed in such a way that it’s easy to become a little addicted to Social Media, and sometimes become obsessive about the length of time it takes others to respond.

In the past, I know of individuals who have accused me of ignoring them, because they saw my ‘Available’ light on by my name on certain messaging services.

The thing is, when I look at my phone, regardless of the app, the phone tells the world I am there, ready and willing to be bombarded with messages and images from all directions.

When I’m not.

I may just be flashing a glance to check the time.

The other thing is the ability to see whether others have seen or read your messages. Then the tedious wait for a response. The agonising thoughts “What if they didn’t like the picture/message?” or “Why are they ignoring me?”

This weekend, I went out with the family for a spot of shopping and lunch. While out there the network signal was sparse, meaning after a couple of attempts to check what was happening in my virtual world, I simply put my phone away.

And, you know what? It was great! I wasn’t constantly checking for notifications, talking to the family, and having fun.

Sure, it meant that there was a little catching up to do when I got home, but still, it showed that I was still able to function without being ‘on call’ 24/7!

I’ve actually muted all my notifications so I am not aware of a series of bings and tings every time someone contacts. I have even reduced the visibility on my phone so only important messages show up, unless I actually visit a particular app, which is when I see the huge amount of notifications waiting for me.

Daunting, it is, to go through, but at least the incessant beeping is gone, so I don’t feel I am missing something of vast importance. And, as I mentioned before, if someone needs to contact me, they can just actually phone me

I am in awe of those who have not been swallowed by the Smart Phone craze. Yes, there are actually still individuals out there who refuse to change their phones and use them for, well, phones, rather than mobile computers. My Brother in Law is one. He hates the idea, not wanting to have to field constant messages from various distant family, who get offended when you don’t reply straight away. He’s not on any social media either!

My parents were the same too, until a few years ago, when the handsets they had just died, and they were given Samsung smartphones as upgrades. But it wasn’t long before my mum was using hers like a boss! Shes on FB and Insta too! Pops took a little longer, but now, he LOVES his regular WhatsApp messages, and checking the cricket score on the go!

But they make sure they switch the handsets off, every night, and leave them downstairs, so they aren’t disturbed by them.

I can’t do that. My mobile is also my alarm, but I don’t look at it after a certain time at night. (Okay, that sentence there may have contained a little white lie, but I do try and stop myself, honestly!) Oh, and I would miss the memes too!

Right, that’s my Monday musing done, I’m (kinda) logging off now, to get ready for work… (But if you need me, you know I’ll be there…)

Have a great day  Peeps, and try to disconnect from your mobile a little! (Do as I say, not as I do! )

One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Screen-time

“How many screens does a child really need? Just one, and that should be filtering the language coming out of their mouths!” – Ritu

Thinking about what we hear children from young ages talking about and the language they use on a day to day basis. Access to phones, tablets, computers and TVs mean that they are exposed to far too much that is not always age appropriate, and it is not always possible to be there to censor what they watch, especially as they get a little older.

One 3-year-old child told me all about heart surgery, and that he saw the operation… on YouTube. Not really the right thing for him to watch, but at least he wasn’t watching it live…

My two often use slang and silly words that they pick up off the V-Loggers they watch, and thankfully it isn’t usually offensive, but there are times I have to question what they watch and stamp on it.

But when a 3-year-old tells someone to F-off, or a 5-year-old says he wants to kill you… you gotta worry about what he is hearing and where… Is it on screens, or in real life?

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

Day 10 #Loveuary – Finding You/Flame #writephoto

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A little fiction, based around my prompt words ‘finding you’, and tying my #Loveuary post in with Sue’s #writephoto prompt this week.

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Jack looked over at Jamie and Rose, cosying up next to their Grandma Maggie on the small sofa. The flames from the fireplace cast a warming glow over the room.
“Nan nan,  how much do you love me?” six-year-old Jamie turned to his grandma.
“Oh my handsome boy, I love you as far as you can see,” and she smiled, her eyes crinkling at the sides.
Those eyes, Jack thought. They may have old skin around them now, but they still held the same beauty to him, as they had fifty years before.
“But do you love me more than Grandpa Jack?” the cheeky chappy questioned.
Rose’s two-year-old eyes were drooping. She sucked her thumb and snuggled in closer to her Grandma. Maggie put her arm around her infant granddaughter and held her close.
The love in those arms, the same love she showed to our own children, all those years before. Jack almost felt that he was looking at his wife in the throes of motherhood.
What he wouldn’t give to get back to those days… or even just a few years back.
To see those eyes look at him, filled with love, once more. To feel those arms pulling him closer in an embrace.
But he had to be satisfied with this, simply watching… Cruel fate had intervened in their happy life, snatching him from this Earth. He was grateful that he could still be there, watching over her, his Maggie.
I was lucky to find you all those years ago… now I’ll wait, for the time when you come to find me…

 

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Remember, feel free to take part in #Loveuary! Just ping back to the daily post, as in this one for today! And if you are at a loss for a prompt, then visit my rules post here for a list of prompt suggestions!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 100 – A Centenary Of Sorts!

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“I CAN is 100 times more important than IQ.” – Unknown

Seeing as it’s Spidey’s 100th appearance on the blog, he tried to find something 100 based.

And the above quote is perfect, as it really ties on with my post from Friday about growth mindset. (If you didn’t get a chance to read it, please click here.)

Positive thinking achieves so much more than we realise. You don’t have to be traditionally ‘clever’ to reach heights of success.

If we put our minds to it we can achieve anything.

Believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who believe in you too!

Happy Sunday Peeps!!!

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