While I love technology for the most part, there is part of me that also loathes it when it decides to take a flying leap into the dark abyss and ceases to function. This happened this weekend. My cell phone decided to act strangely while I was using it on Saturday. I was looking at the screen and trying to do something when, Voila! the darn screen sort of flashed black and went dim. I could hear the sounds and all, but the screen remained black. Not good for someone who was getting phone calls and text messages. Ugh! What now!
I tried to turn it off, but my phone has a touch screen which requires me to be able to see it to turn it off. No luck. I took out the battery. I let it rest for a bit and tried again. It came on for a moment before going black again. I tried again several times, but no success. I called my provider after starting an insurance form to get a replacement phone. I’m so glad I did. I was able to take the phone in to the store! Unfortunately, I have lost a bunch of pictures stored on that phone, but otherwise, my world is still somewhat intact and my connection to the outside world via mobile phone remains secured. It only took about an hour. Thank God for the technician who was able to fix my other phone which needed to be wiped clean, as it had issues too. My black screen phone is most definitely a deceased phone.
How did we become such a society that relies on our electronic devices so much? My greatest concern was being connected. It was being able to text and talk on the phone, as this phone is my primary phone. It was also about reaching my calendar. All my appointments are on there. My work schedule is on there. My manager at work texts me on there. Never before have I been that attached to a phone, but here I am, completely tethered to my phone. You’d swear I was 17 years old!
I’m not one who can’t put my phone down, but I’ll admit, I have it in my hands most of the time. I have that very bad habit. I play my word games on it. I love Words With Friends, WordOx, Word Search, AlphaBetty, as well as several puzzle games, but I also like to feel connected to everyone. I love feeling connected to WordPress. I want to check my stats and write posts as they enter into my head instead of later, or at least jot my ideas down if I’m not in a situation where I can write about them.
Have mobile phones and technology helped or hindered our memories? That’s what I’m thinking about as I write this. Is it great to be able to connect so easily, but I was raised in a generation that didn’t have anything like this. Now, I see my children drawn to their phones as if their very lives depended on them. What the heck is wrong with these kids? They can’t even talk to you and keep their eyes on you instead of their phone.
Life was so much simpler without technology. We talked to each other more. I’m making the effort to get back to that in my life and it has been so wonderful. I love my family so much more than ever. Without having a screen to look into, I see the lives of my loved ones. I see faces with expressions looking back at me. Real conversations do happen. Don’t lose yourself in technology. It just will do what my phone did. It will break down and give you the dreaded black screen of death one day without any remorse. It has no feelings. It is just an electronic. The faces of your family though, will love you and appreciate the time spent with them. They will chat with you, cry with you and most of all, they will laugh with you. They have life in them and won’t give up on you when you most need them.