Take Back Your Thumbs
Do you remember when phones had cords and you could stretch all the way to the other room? Do you remember getting a cordless phone in your house with the large, metal antenna?
I remember feeling like such a bad ass when we upgraded to a cordless phone.
And being able to leave the answering machine “message.” Bonafide bad ass. It was the ultimate family symbol. What did your answering machine say about you? Were you guys traditional: You have reached [insert family name]. We aren’t available, etc. Or were you more funky? Music, funny voices, everyone getting to say a line?
The weirdest thing is when I think back to the days of landlines, I actually had to call people.
And sometimes, I had to wait for them to call back. There was no instant gratification and certainly no emojis.
It feels so long ago but, it really wasn’t. And it got me thinking just how fast technology comes at you.
I had cell phones that are considered archaic now: Nokia with the snake game, LG “chocolate phone” (remember that?), Palm Treo with the little pen, Motorola Razr phone (my grandpa now uses it) and my beloved Droid with the key pad. And finally, my iPhone.
Before my iPhone, all these other phones just rested in my purse–no fancy cover or jewelry.
Now we dress-up our phones–like dolls. It’s literally the adult version of American Girl dolls.
What does your phone case say about you? Do you love pink and some dance shoes like Isabella? Or are you more of a hippy like Julie? Do you like glitter or a more plain look?
All this decorating leads us to paying attention to an object as people pass us by.
I mean I’m typing this blog on my phone on the subway while listening to Spotify (on my phone). Colin Firth could come sit next to me and I’d never know! Can you imagine?
So how do we reconcile something that helps us communicate more with something that also hinders communication?
The solution, I think, is moderation and knowing what works for you. It’s like a cleanse of sorts and then add in what you need to keep your skin glowing and satisfy that sweet tooth. Maybe get rid of a few apps that take up your time.
Maybe chill with Subway Surfers for awhile (but not yet, Santa Claus is the cop right now!).
Read a book (paper or even your Nook. No judgement). People watch. And just see how you feel. I’m interested to know how it works out.
For me, it might start with the Facebook app.
I think I need a break from the constant pics of babies, baby announcements, babies in baskets, babies in tummies, as well as, engagement photos, and selfies. Not because I don’t love them. I am not one of those people who is sitting there saying, “Yuck!” It’s because I don’t have any of those things, including a selfie face.
I literally was not made to ever take a good selfie. And that’s that. I have other talents, I suppose.
And the rest of it just makes me feel like I am falling behind in some way.
One of my greatest teachers once told me: Compare leads to despair.
And as I mentioned in the episode, my phone brings me enough anxiety with emails and texts from my mom to worry about all the other stuff. I think it’s designed to make us feel kind of crazy, don’t you think?
So, just like Kelly did in 90210 (my all-time favorite TV show next to Friday Night Lights) let’s “take back the night,” shall we? (Or at least our thumbs.)
I just want to decorate my Christmas tree and drink red wine with my phone turned off. Doesn’t that sound magnificent?
I think so.
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