Wednesday, April 18, 2012
My Flip Phone and Me
Please tell me it isn't so.
Can I possibly be the last person on the planet who does not send nor receive text messages?
How is that possible?
It is possible because I am cheap. My old flip phone is steadfast and reliable. It requires no additional dollars added to my monthly bill to insure internet connectivity at all times. It is simple to operate. A simple phone for a simple minded user. It is enough. Or it has been until recently.
My daughter in law has been on my case for a couple of years to get current. She teases me with the promise of frequent photos of my favorite grandchildren. Daily documentation of their sweet young lives, a far away grandmother's dream come true. Even my sister has jumped on the texting bandwagon and spars frequently with my number one son via text jabs and counter punches on the state of the Tennessee Titans vs the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Apparently I have been missing all manner of communication, most recently from several of my friends. Assuming I am a connected textie they have been sending messages my way for several weeks and wondering what in the world is wrong with me that I have not responded. Looks of shock and disbelief are always followed with why?
I think the why is that my thumbs just don't work that fast. And those tiny little key boards. What's up with that anyway? I would need a magnifying glass to identify the letters. And then there's the language. The abbreviations. The acronyms. The emoticons. It's enough to make my head spin. Do you think Rosetta Stone offers an online class in texting? I would certainly need to look into it.
I do have to admit I'm tempted. If for no other reason than to see if all of those messages and photos that unsuspecting people have sent my way over the past few years are floating out there in some sort of text message purgatory. And if I did get connected would all of those homeless messages show up at once? And would that cause a stampede that would log jam the system so badly that cyber space would come crashing down around me?
I think I better stick to my flip phone. That's just too much pressure for one person to endure.