So all my “connecting” solutions are to be found in a cell phone – one with a slide out keyboard, of course. I can now plan my day without talking to anyone about it, send photos of what I’m doing instead of actually doing it with someone, and text people instead of speaking with them in person or even through a phone call.
I find it interesting that an ad for a telephone doesn’t even mention using it to call someone. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I still like to talk with people sometimes, maybe even see them once in a while. What kind of life are we “staying connected with” if we don’t talk to people anymore?
I’m not opposed to cell phones. They do come in handy for dealing with emergencies. When I had a flat tire while taking my children to school one morning, I was able to call my husband, who assured me he would come and save me – after he took a shower. So I waited at the side of the road until my knight in shining armor showed up and changed the tire for me. My husband arrived shortly after that.
And it is nice to have a camera on the cell phone to take photos any time we want, not just when we happen to have lugged our camera along (although digital cameras are getting tinier and tinier, too). It’s nice when my daughter sends me photos of all the cute things that my grand puppy does. Maybe that is a form of staying connected with life.
We’ve come a long way with telephone technology. At SearchMobileComputing.com we are told that the first cell phone, produced by Motorola, came out in 1983, weighed 2 pounds, had to be recharged after a half-hour of talk time, and sold for $3,995.
A quick online search today found cell phones weighing as little as 1.25 ounces or 35g, talk times up to 6 hours, and prices as low as $14. It showed phones that you can wear like a watch and phones used as key fobs. There could be greater extremes out there, but I thought those examples were mind-boggling enough. Does anyone remember wall phones with cords that you had to dial? And they had to be wired into the house by telephone lines?
I guess I’m digressing from my point about staying connected with life. I think actual face to face contact (I guess they call it “face time”now) is important and, despite all of our new-fangled capabilities, sometimes it’s good to step back and enjoy the personal touches of relating to someone in“meatspace” (as opposed to “cyberspace”…what would I do without Wikipedia?).
While I love to have photos of my grand puppy sent to my phone, I still like to see the little guy for some face time in meatspace. (With my awesome new vocabulary, I'm just too cool for school.) I like to see my daughters and hear their voices. It’s a challenge for me to connect to very many people because of my avoidant personality disorder (yeah, I have all sorts of diagnoses). But I do realize the value in it.
So I’m off to see my therapist today for reals, in person. Then I might go to the “brick and mortar” grocery store to shop. I may even use my telephone to talk to someone. After that I’ll probably send some text messages, email some people and check on Facebook to see what my friends are up to. If you can’t beat ‘em you may have to join ‘em. Or at least meet them halfway.
Keep in touch,