Sadhvi Sez: Text, Chat, Email, FB, Tweet, Leave a Message, or Drop Out?

CAROLINA MORNING GLORY

For a while, there didn’t really seem to be much happening on the political scene.  Of course, that’s all changed since the Republican and Democratic Conventions.  I hope everyone that is able to vote come November will do so.  I know who I am going to vote for, and I don’t need to talk about it, or convince anyone that they need to change how they feel, or convert anyone to my way, or hate anyone for not voting the way I do.  Or bring up the racist issue of the color of anyone’s skin.

What else?  Oh, fracking will happen in NC because the loudest opponent MADE A MISTAKE and “accidentally” voted FOR FRACKING.  Not that it probably ever could be stopped.  I’m just noticing things, that’s all.  But it is kind of bizarre how it passed.  Fracking the earth is just the next step in fueling the electrical power plants that supply the energy needed to be on this computer typing this post, doing my job, communicating with folks, and yes, sharing *.

Which brings up the topic for today’s post, the many ways in which we can be using our dear, dear, friend, our smart phones.

TIME magazine recently featured 10 WAYS MOBILE TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING OUR WORLD.  Did you read it?  I found it so very interesting.

“Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened.  It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones.  Not the knife, or match, the pen or page.  Only money comes close – always at hand, don’t leave home without it.  But most of us don’t take a wallet to bed with us, don’t reach for it and check it every few minutes, and however useful money is in pursuit of fame, romance, revolution, it is inert compared with a smart phone – which can replace your wallet now anyway.” 

Nancy Gibbs, from her TIME magazine article, “YOUR LIFE IS FULLY MOBILE”.

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People from all age groups and income levels in 8 countries, the U.S., the U.K., China, India, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia were asked questions to find out and better understand attitudes concerning technology, being connected, and the average age thought appropriate for a child to own a mobile phone, which is 13 years!

I am in the minority in how I feel about it, that it is not good.  For instance, I do feel like being constantly connected by technology is mostly a burden: 13%, vs. 76% that find it helpful.

That I place my cell phone in a different room from where I sleep (13%) vs. the 68% that sleep with it next to their bed.  Three quarters of the group between 25 – 29 years of age sleep with their phones.  Rather intimate I think, and stupid, since not one study has ever been funded to prove that the amount of radiation given off of our phones is harmful, or harmless!

32% of all respondents said they they would prefer to communicate via texting.  Which broken down by age groups shows another surprising find:

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In response to the question, “Have you ever used a text message to…”, 73% of the 18-24 age group said yes, that they use texting for flirting with someone. 55% of the 25-29 age group said they used a text message to send suggestive pictures.  And 36% of the 25-29 age group said they used texting to coordinate or commit adultery.  Hmmm…what is going on?  I think I need to get with the program, give the smart phone a 3rd chance to dominate my life, and start to rekindle the sexual excitement that I am lacking in my menopausal life with my partner, or, someone else.

Well, it doesn’t seem to be something that is going to stop or slow down any time soon.

The only question I have is with all these ways to be in touch, are we really connecting?

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures of some flowers that my partner brought home from the tailgate market for me.  It wasn’t a tweet of how much he loves me.  Call me old-fashioned, but I love flowers, and you can’t do that via a text tweet (thanks Lisa for educating me on what can be done with a text!).

The one below is the Moon flower that opened the other night…I smelled something divine when I went out to dump the scraps on the compost pile, and realized that after waiting all summer for it to open, it had!

Peace, Joy, and Love, and I ain’t J/K-ing!

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Thanks 🙂

Sadhvi

MOONFLOWER

 

 

 

 

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.

13 thoughts on “Sadhvi Sez: Text, Chat, Email, FB, Tweet, Leave a Message, or Drop Out?

  1. I open this OOPS every morning and that Carolina Morning Glory starts my day GREAT. Love your pictures of all your flowers.

  2. We have a cell phone only because we don’t live close to family. We don’t text or anything else with it. I wonder what ever happened to writing to each other thru the USMail. Even when we have these things to make our fast paced life easier – they don’t have the time to use these instruments to say THANK YOU. Earlier this year we sent a person some money and have yet to receive a call, email or a written thank you. Guess what – Teachers should teach children how to write a thank you note – or parents. Kinda sad, but we are not sending this relative any more $$’s no matter what they achieve.

  3. @Lisa: I do know that in Switzerland, the cell phones do not go over a certain number of emissions of some sort…I like to say, the radioactive level of cell phones. Here in the States, no one seems to be interested. But then again, we have more people in the States that Switzerland. My nephew had a burn that looked like an oozing birthmark from falling asleep on his cell phone talking to school friends. It looked bad. No one can convince me that they are not bad. I try to talk with the phone away from my ear.
    And, I refuse to buy a Kindle. It’s just another way for people to consume.
    I mean, I see nothing wrong with holding a book and reading from it; in fact, it’s how I’ve enjoyed reading up to now.

  4. @Sharon: You won’t be the last person in the world to not text. I mean, really, I will always be there to hold your hand! Seriously, texting is so stupid! Maybe you can be the first grandmother to teach her granddaughters how to write a letter, in cursive!

  5. I am so holding on to my status as the last person in the world to begin texting. I just don’t want to be that distractable, but it seems like the ONLY way to stay in touch with my granddaughters. The moon flower is as lovely as you are.

  6. So relieved to know that The OTHER VIEW would indeed present a different view of women. So many times I’ve tried to watch The View because I find Behar or Whoopie so worthwhile, but when they all go at it at once, I want to pull my hair out and toss my mug at the tube.

    I’d love to have a no hype view. You in? I know I can count on you. Btw, you canNOT tweet a flower.

  7. Plus, I really do believe that in some countries there have been studies done that prove cell phones are harmful. They know if worn close on the body, cancers develop. Johnnie Cochran’s autopsy discovered a huge cancer near his ear shaped like his cell phone. I still haven’t done the deed. No Smart Phone yet for me. I wonder how long I’ll be able to hold out. I certainly don’t have some of the conveniences, I also don’t have the monthly costs. Every piece of technology these days seems to be so all consuming. I’m looking into the Kindle revolution. I don’t own a Kindle either but I know that 21% of publishing is already in alignment with it.

  8. @Lisa: Oh, see, I didn’t know that one could text a bouquet! I can feel the gap starting… I don’t think I have ever been able to watch more than 45 seconds of “The View” because of everyone talking at once – geez – what a disturbing thing to have to watch!!!
    No, we would connect, and we would share, and we won’t be all talking at once. Promise.
    Now, let’s try to convince Oprah that this is what the world needs now.
    By the way Lisa, you would be on it too.

  9. You can text flowers. I received a picture text with a bouquet. Didn’t smell as good as your moonflower or look as good as the red and purple from the tailgate market. I’d like Oops to be the OTHER VIEW. Does that mean you’d all speak at the same time?

  10. Thanks Sadhvi -I always enjoy your messages which I find to be funny, astute and inspiring. Keep going please:)

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