Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.
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Monday, 8 October 2018
Today has been a lovely day. I spent the morning drinking coffee and chatting to my dear friend T. We last saw each other last year and so had plenty to catch up on. We met at Wetherspoons and that was where we stayed for the whole time, because there was just so much to talk about. Whilst nattering, I could not help but notice the amount of people who were in the pub and were all on their phones and not talking to their partner or friends, hence the cartoon at the beginning.
I do not have a smartphone.
Why you ask?
Why, because I cannot get on with them. I am not someone who wants to be on her phone all day. I do not want to be checking it every five seconds and then spend hours walking around with it in my hand and not taking any notice of what is going on around me. I do not want the internet on my phone. If I want to use the internet, I will go on my laptop. I do not want music on my phone or a camera, but it seems you get the lot these days.
A good few years ago, when we were doing the coal run from market Harborough to Crick, we called into an O2 shop in Market Harborough to have our yearly upgrade, which we were allowed because Keith used to work for BT. I asked the young lady if I could just have a phone.
She said "this is the selection we have".
I replied "No I just want a phone. I do not want a camera, internet or music on it"
The young lady looked at me like I was 90 years old.
She replied "Sorry Madam, we do not do phones like that".
I ended up with a sony walkman phone, because it was as basic as I was going to get. I did like it but never used the gadgets.
Since that time, I have bought myself a Doro, which had big keys and I absolutely love it. I do not have the internet on it. It does have a camera, but I do not use it. For me I like keys to press and none of this swiping.
I see to many people totally ignoring the people they are with when we eat out, because their phones are more important. I even see people crossing the road whilst texting or checking their phones. People are sadly addicted to their mobile phones. I am pleased to say I am not. Yes I have it turned on each day, but I only check it if a text message should come through or the phone rings. Other than that I never look at the thing. The battery could run out and I would never know, because I quite often forget to even take it out with me. My phone gets turned on in the morning and turned off at 8pm at night. If I want to do the internet, then I will come on my laptop. I do not want to be contactable 24 hours a day 7 days a week thank you. So NO I am not totally connected and that is the way I like it. I enjoy Facebook, Twitter and my Blog, but in my own time. I have people sending me messages and wondering why I do not answer for hours or even days later. I end up having to explain to them. I am not online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I know some people will see that as me being strange, but that is just how I am. I will do what I want in my own time and when I see fit. I am not online to fit in with other people time schedules.
Sorry if this was a mini rant, but the internet whilst it can be a great tool for some many things, it has also taken over our lives, well not mine, but you know what I mean.
Am I wrong with my thinking?
Do I need to get with it?
Pop back soon xx