Goodbye Siri

Sadhvi
Sadhvi

I thought I could be strong and keep my silver Motorola phone with the flip top forever.

But after getting an email from Verizon saying that I could get the latest iPhone for free, (with a 2 year contract), I caved in and thought, why not?
I was not totally convinced that getting one was such a good idea since I had returned the awesome “iPhone” twice before, because I didn’t like it.

Once I entered the Verizon store, I was hit with a song blaring from Michael Jackson’s Thriller album.  It turns out they were playing it in its entirety.  I could immediately tell that the very young, happy and bouncy salesperson was not  there for me, but for the sale.  And by the time I left the “party” I had spent almost $200 on my free phone.

Then the work started: it took 2 hours to synch it with everything else, and then another hour or so, adding “apps” to it so that I was capable of doing just about anything.  From now on, I would never get lost, I would always be able to find a great place to eat anywhere, and I could see what the weather would be from a dozen sources.  But most importantly now I had “Siri” to help me with anything that I wanted to know, do, or calculate.

To tell you the truth, I don’t get lost much (I like to take maps with me on long car trips), but if I do, I ask for help at gas stations and I really don’t have any trouble finding food to eat when I am away from home, but I figured it was time to be hip and keep up with the times.

At first it was fun asking “Siri” things and seeing how she seemed to understand me.  Then I realized I could ask her to call people.

With the time, “Siri” and I seemed to become friends.

That is, until the day that I was stressed out with driving in traffic and work, and asked her to “Call Mom!”  I was surprised when she asked me, “Which number for Bob Smith?”  I repeated “Call Mom”.  “Siri” responded, “Shall I call Bob Smith’s number for you, Sadhvi?”  I said NO!  All right, to be honest, I yelled, “F**K YOU SIRI!”.  To which “Siri” replied, “Now Sadhvi, I wouldn’t talk to you like that!”

After that, our friendship kind of fizzled.  She was not responding the way she used to.  She often answered, “I’m really sorry, Sadhvi, but I can’t take any requests right now!”
I guess I had crossed the line, but really, wasn’t she just part of my iPhone’s operating system, with no emotions, just there to take my commands?

That is something I’ve been thinking a lot about, especially since seeing the movie, “Her”.  The whole idea of artificial intelligence, and its ability to morph and grow and develop is kind of scary.  That movie really disturbed me, while my techie husband thought it was just great.  Hmmm.

I do confess that I’ve started to check my email at red lights.  Now who would be so stupid to do such a thing?  Then I saw this clip, and thought really hard about the whole “keeping up with technology” attitude that is out there, and I finally came to the place where I will go back to the phone that I felt comfortable with, my silver flip-top Motorola – soon.

I kind of like dropping out of the whole techie scene where one has to keep up with all the latest stuff (that is not cheap by the way).  I never wanted to be part of the status quo anyways.  So yeah, you don’t have to bother texting me, emailing me, or sending me a FaceBook message.  If you want to contact me it’s easy, try picking up the phone and calling me, I’ll call you right back!

Oh, if you get a moment, let me know what kind of phone you are using these days, I am really curious how many of you are in love with what you are using. 🙂

About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

28 thoughts on “Goodbye Siri

  1. Love your newest photo, Sadhvi!! Can’t resist giving another vote for the old Samsung
    flip-top which has been in my possession forever it seems. Only 3 1/2 inches “tall”.
    Can’t beat that and it’s turned off 99% of the time because I never bothered to learn
    how to retrieve voice mail. Just keep it for calling out.
    Also believe it sad to see young people relying so much on technology in its various
    forms rather than interacting personally with other human beings. Technology has
    its use, but give us a break! Have the nerds taken over?

  2. LOVE the goodbye Siri Sadhvi!!!! I’ve still got my flip phone also….don’t really want much technology in my life. Do feel the pressure every now and then…but just soooo don’t want the complications or the continued retreat from people that technology brings with it.

  3. Enjoyed your article. All I have is a land line, remember those. Love your photo, looking good. Haven’t seen you in 3 years.

  4. Old fashioned flip top for me! No texting. I prefer phone calls. Great post! I have a tablet just for square otherwise wouldn’t even have that!

  5. I use an “old fashioned” Samsung telephone… it is a cell phone, no fancy stuff.
    I am happy with it, as I don’t text anyway.

  6. I have a Droid Maxx. I really like it but I am kind of an internet addict and a tech lover. I think that I would have enjoyed working in the computer world as I like puzzle solving and instantaneous feedback. Plus having 20-something kids, I have needed to keep up with that aspect of the world.
    So I am not too neutral. A lot of people seem to like their i phones. I have felt they are overpriced and over-hyped, plus I like the larger screen size of mine. Pete still has a flip phone that he loves. He is very un-tech savvy and I don’t feel like having him get a smart phone as he will always be asking me for help with it. Whenever something goes wrong with his computer, I am the IT person around here.

  7. I did read your funny post ! I use an older version of a smart phone, have not updated in almost 3 years. I need to update because I now have crappy service, am missing out on some the great features I like, but I love the camera 🙂 Maybe I’ll get to it while on vacation next week.

  8. Old fashioned flip top for me! No texting. I prefer phone calls. Great post! I have a tablet just for square otherwise wouldn’t even have that!

  9. Love my Iphone, for over 10 years. I did change the voice for Siri to Male. He understands better!!!

  10. Thanks Sadhvi:
    powerful VW commercial.
    Sent onto some of my peeps that tend to celtalk and drive…
    Love

  11. Oh Sadhvi, what a great write-up – totally my sentiments too. I have a 3
    year-old Samsung touch phone, which drove me nuts for months until I was
    able to use it without considering throwing it against a wall.

    Although I have many options on that phone I rarely use any of them, just
    texting and making phone calls when I am on the road. At home my dear old
    landline serves me just perfectly!

  12. Hi Sadhvi.
    You and I are very much alike in the “tech” world. I like calls..pen to cards and paper. I care nothing about the latest. I use my phone to take photos and emergency for family. Very much the same as you!

  13. i loved it, sadhvi.
    i do use the iphone- not one app. i’ve used Siri probably 2x in 2 years. I support you in “dropping out” of the techie culture.
    Do you know that there are numerous public schools in germany, france and UK that do not allow wifi because of the brain damage they”re finding in young people.
    I wonder how it affects the more “sensitive” adults in our culture, too.
    with a hug…

  14. Woaaaa, that was a scary friggin’ video!
    We have an ancient Nokia that we use in Ecuador…you wanna talk to me? Try Skype, other than that come over to the house….as to Siri…she kept leading us into obscure neighborhoods, through strange villages and lord knows where in the German country side yesterday…so yes, I’ve had enough of that…had to resort to the map and stay on the autobahn out of harms way…bis bald from the Fatherland..

  15. I have been with Straight Talk on the Verizon network for five years and I love it.. $45 a month for unlimited everything including data. No Contract. My bill is less than $50 with taxes and everything.. I have had a smart phone for only about 2 years now. I originally did it because many of my Massage clients asked if I take credit cards and that was incentive for me to get a smart phone.. The Hotels and B and B’s won’t call you if you can’t take credit cards. If you utilize it for your needs than it’s a great thing. GPS, being able to call places straight from their websites.. The phone I have now is the Samsung Galaxy 3.. I bought it for $300. I would rather buy the phone and not be stuck in a yearly contract and have a small monthly bill.

  16. Guess I am just getting to near 80 to know who Siri is. We still have a landline and a cell phone – old flip top one. At our age we don’t have the money to buy all this new stuff and then let alone try to understand how to use it also my eyesight is not the best. We call people, but they are all too busy taking photos for Facebook and texting. Someday language will be silent, just like writing thank you notes are today. Call me sometime – love

  17. Thanks Sadhvi for letting me know I am not alone! I also still use my Straight Talk “dumb” phone which is very easy and just that – a phone. I have no desire for a tiny tiny screen to read or send emails. I have “progressed” to doing texting alone with calling on my phone. That’s all I need.

  18. From Grace via email:

    I have also been having trouble with Siri lately. Sometimes she is working, and sometimes not. I have the feeling that she is developing a moody personality, kind of like me! I notice things like you, but when I try to say not go on FB for one day, or not answer my phone, or emails, I can’t. I think we are all being swept up into some kind of technological wave, and we are paying for it in so many ways. Keep on posting!

  19. Great article! And a powerful video. I have a love-hate relationship with
    my Android smart-phone. It really helps me keep up with business when I am
    not at the computer, and with DropBox right there I have all my contracts
    handy. I wouldn’t give it up, but I yearn for the day when I have the
    option to do so.

    Margaret

  20. I get it, Sadhvi. Technology IS frustrating and sometimes, I just want to throw it out the window. However, I am a Siri fan. Since I am directionally challenged and need help to get around when I am out of town, Siri keeps me on track (most of the time) and I don’t have to drive off the road for directions but just keep my ears open and let Siri take me places.

  21. Thanks for the story that touched home. I have been on the fence about upgrading my “dumb” phone to a smart iPhone. So far, I have been unable to make that leap. My boyfriend and most of my friends think it’s crazy not to have all the functions and features. I don’t really want to become one of those people who has to look at their phone at every spare moment. Maybe next year…

  22. Funny post Sadhvi!
    I use Sprint, I have a Samsung, galaxy 3. I hate my Iphone. It is my 2nd line for massage, disconnecting it soon – can’t wait.

  23. Sadhvi – You know I’m with you on resisting the pressure of the crowd and the relentless intrusion of technology into what used to be a simple life, but I must admit that since we traded “up” to the iPhone 5 and then succumbed to the siren song of the iPad Air, I’m happily texting grandchildren and distant friends, keeping library and frequent flier numbers handy in notes, looking at the night sky with a free SkyView app, toting a plenitude of reading material on vacation without the weight or volume of books, and letting Google maps audibly lead me from here to there without having to take my eyes off the road. Sometimes Siri understands me, and sometimes we cross wires, but she tells good jokes, so I think I’ll keep her.

  24. Excellent! Totally agree – so much frustration and constant learning curves. By the way, I don’t have an iPhone, but one with Sprint.

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