Mobile Phones and Facebook Apps…kill me…NOW…

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April 16, 2013 by meximo70


mobilephonefirstIt was the 17th of June, 1946 when that first mobile phone call from an automobile in St. Louis, Missouri that human kind began to devolve.

I began thinking about this article when my daughter and i went out for breakfast. several people i know stopped and said “hello” shook my hand and gave my daughter a nod. She looked kind of sad.

“Things will never be like that after your generation is gone.” she said.

mobilephoneedies“What do you mean?” i asked.

“Your generation and older like to stop and say ‘hello’. Not mine, we would rather just text each other from across the room.”

It amazes me how facebook, internet and mobile phones have made our lives less and less personable with each other. That being said, i would like to talk about my grandma for a bit.

mobilephonesgrannyShe is in her upper 80’s. Retired of course. Very hard of hearing. So phone calls are very short with her. She mostly texts, and i can’t really stand texting. She is on facebook, and my youngest cousin has taught her how to manuever around it.

Grandma is fond of word games. Enter: Words with friends.

mobilephonewordsOne night, around 10:30p.m. i get an alert on my phone. “gramma b would like to play ‘words with friends’ with you”. Okay, since i am a horrible grandson who never visits his granny, i relented and agreed.

There is a nice chat feature on there, but grams doesn’t like to chat. Grandma is a wizard at word games and kicks my arse everytime.

To top this off, grandma invites me to several games of words with friends. so now i have 3 games going. When i’m trying to work i hear “bleep bleep” (actually my notification ringtone is ‘the godfather theme’) every 5-10 minutes. Even sometimes when i’m trying to sleep i hear that hellacious mandolin.

But when i get upset i think about how lonely grandma must be. most of her friends are gone and us grandkids are about the only company she really enjoys. so i play. more than that, i really should call her, whether it gets annoying having to yell and repeat myself over and over again.

mobilephonefacebookI did give my daughter hope. I told her that human kind has a need to be around other people. Eventually, you’ll all get sick of depending on electronic devices and remember what it was like to have a personal conversation. We may devolve a bit, but we always seem to find a way out of our own muck.

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2 thoughts on “Mobile Phones and Facebook Apps…kill me…NOW…

  1. Lill Robinson says:

    Well said, Meximo!

  2. Jack Flacco says:

    Hard to deny granny any together time! I tend to shy away from online games. I don’t know what it is. Can it be I know them and if I whip their pants they will stop being my friend? Maybe it is something so basic as that idea. Well, whatever it is, I don’t have much time to play with friends because I spend a great deal of time with the kids beating the pants off me in Super Smash Bros. But, that’s another story!

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