I want to go back to the good old days. The days when the flow of my life wasn’t tossed to and fro by a tone, vibration or an icon; or more accurately the news, incident or trivial nonsense that lay behind them. I’ve been using smartphones for many years now. We all love them; the convenience they’ve given us. I have to admit that somedays I find myself asking how we actually existed before them. What I’m beginning to dislike however, is the byproduct of their smartness; The way they’ve made us constantly connected and instantly accessible.
I used to check my emails at certain times of the day, and reply to many at a time. I would keep my email account open when sitting in front of a computer, in other words when I was working and it was appropriate for me to have constant access. Now I reply to emails as they arrive. They light up and beep – pleading to be carressed, swiped and read. In this century I’m alerted to the receipt of FarmVille invites when in the toilet. I sit in my mother-in-law’s lounge and get emails telling me that purchasing discounted faux Viagra will be the panacea to all my problems.
We used to enjoy experiences with the people we loved, and were just happy with the memories. Now we have to tell everyone about said experience, before, during and after the event, with photographic and or video evidence. My cousin posted on Facebook, that he was at a gig and as he took a minute to look around, he noticed that a huge section of the audience weren’t actually looking at the band, but looking at the band through their phone’s screen. (I realise the irony in him posting his observation on Facebook.)
Enough’s enough! No, I’m not gonna turn into one of those people who tell everyone that they don’t own a TV. Not that the choice to lay an embargo on the entire gammut of digital television is a terible one; a little ill-thought perhaps, but not terrible. The choice to tell everyone you meet however almost certainly is. I’m not about to disable my Facebook, just so that I can appear to be busier and less superficial than you. I am however going to start to take back control of my life, because at the end of the day, it is down to me to switch off that notification, or to choose to reply to that email at a later time or even a later day. I guess I can’t blame technology or a website for my lifestyle choices.