My Two Weeks Without Cellphone Social Networking
I normally receive an update from my cell phone operator about my data bundles and stuff. Imagine my surprise when I get a SMS notification that my data bundle for the month has been exhausted, depleted, finished and that any more usage will mean that I pay from my own pocket. You see, firstly I’m on a business contract, secondly I was only two weeks into the month, thirdly, this had never happened to me – ever! And finally I wasn’t about to find out the costs of visiting JC from my cell phone… ‘Will just have to go cold turkey for two weeks.
I head straight home cause I have a cold, so I give gym a miss. I decide to chill on the couch, switch on the telly, flip channels – nothing interesting – so I reach for my phone…That’s when I remember that I can’t check what’s happening on Facebook, Instagram –which I adore – and Path… Eish!! Just have to grin and bear it…
My fingers start to itch… They just need some exercise… but wait I’m made of sterner stuff.. I can do this.. so I chill. The Idols elimination show is about to start.. I’m excited!! Nosipho, my favourite that I’ve always voted for, gets sent home packing! I’m upset – even more so cause that Dominic is still here!! I want to air my views, visit Twitter and see the reactions…. but tjerr!!
Hey I’m starting to question this whole going cold turkey situation.. Is it really worth it mara??
I’m booked off work cause my flu situation has worsened… Okay this will be a nice time off for me to just chill. I decide to clean the dishes and look out my window…. Hey!! What the..!! Looks like that arrogant neighbour’s luxury car is being towed off. Yoh!! Who do I tell?! I want to Whatsapp my friends who are in my chat group… Just as I reach for my phone I remember… *pwapwapwaa!!* That’s the cartoon sound when one is dejected…
Mmmm this going cold cell phone turkey thing is not so bad after all.. I’m starting to think more about what I need to achieve, put my plans into motion. My current job is becoming a drag so I put together a business proposal – something I’ve been meaning to do but just never got around to. I also organise that photo book that I meant to do a while ago. Mmmmm… I’m liking this…
I don’t fiddle with my phone as much. Not too bad
Pirates get beaten 3-0 by Supersport. I’m itching to find out what the views are. I have a diehard Pirates facebook friend who never lets up when my team Chiefs loses. In fact it took a lot from him to congratulate chiefs when they scored 6-0 against Amazulu. I’m also happy for Swallows, my mom’s team by default since she was married to a Swallows diehard fan.
I can only share my sentiments with my boo…
I’m attending a family reunion and can’t really watch TV. Idols come and go without me watching it. I can only wonder what happened – In my mind I’m betting Dominic screwed up.. hehehe *evil laugh*
A friend mentioned me in her thought on Path and I can only imagine what she said. I get a notification on my Gmail and decide to click on the link. I see she was just being naughty nje, nothing hectic.
I then start wondering… Is our fear of missing out (FOMO) really justified? Are we really missing out on anything by not being part of these many social networks?
I found that I can certainly get a lot done if I don’t fiddle as much with my phone…. I also have discovered that social networks do have their benefits – keeping up with trends, and the Kardashians of course, and I guess there’s more.
My only fear is that we stop living our OWN lives.
I have just three more days to go till my two weeks of going cold turkey are over…. would I have missed anything??? I wonder…
by Dee El Tee