I have been noticing lately that I am more "at one" with my electronic gadgets and social networking than ever before. It's a little odd to find oneself checking facebook, my blackberry or singles site first thing when I get up and then again before I go to bed. Don't I have something better to do? How did this happen?
I think part of it is the whole dating thing. I actually have been doing some of that lately and I want to see who has written, what they say. I find myself wondering about them and how I should respond.
I also have found that facebook is actually helping me keep a little bit more in touch with people who are far away, or to whom I don't talk to all the time. I like feeling like I know what is going on with my friend who is in Afghanistan, Minnesota, Ohio or even one down the street that I don't see very often.
My Ipod is just my buddy. It keeps me company around the house and on the road. I often travel in places without much in the way of commercial radio stations. I also get pretty bored with listening to ads and DJ's. What is the life span of an IPOD? So far so good, but I worry that one day it's just going to go kaput and I will have to shell out for a new one. I think mine is about 2 years old, maybe 3, but it gets used a lot.
And it's full.
Ahh, my blackberry, blessing and curse. I love having my personal work calender synced on it. It helps keep my life organized and simple. I love having all my address and phone numbers at my fingertips. I have slowly started using my cell phone more and more. It's interesting how many people just call you on your cell phone and don't bother with your land line any more. I haven't had a texting plan, because I had email on my blackberry, why should I worry about texting? Suddenly it seems like everyone is texting me. I think I finally figured out how to do it. I don't know as many of the abbreviations that other people know. The email is better, it's free and there is no limit on characters like there is with the texts, but not everyone can do that. I am thinking I need to add texting to my plan so I don't get charged 10 cents every time I receive or send a text.
I usually leave my cell phone on all the time except when in church or a movie. I was recently getting stitches removed in the doctor's office and my cell phone rang. I was at the vet in the middle of talking to her and my cell phone rang. I didn't answer it in either case, but I think I need to get better about putting it on silent or turning it off. It is annoying to everyone. Also, do I really need to be reached all the time? What would I miss? I think I have always left it on before, because I DIDN'T get a lot of calls. But now that I seem to be getting more, I need to think it through a little more.
Then there is the emails. I love seeing the comments on my blog. I can see that I have a message on Facebook even if I can't look at it because it's a blocked site. It is helpful when I am working to be able to respond to work emails even when I am far away. But when I am off, seeing the work emails causes me a lot of stress. I start worrying about things and what I need to get done. And I can't seem to stop looking at them. Sometimes I don't read the whole thing, but the stress is still there.
Then my blog. I am often thinking, what should I blog about. Then the time getting a post up.
So what would I be doing if with my time if it weren't for all of my electronic gadgets? I might be talking on the phone more....I think I talk on the phone a little less since the advent of all the toys in my life. I am a talker though....