It’s Sunday (but feels like Saturday with undertones of Wednesday). It’s a grey humid day and I need tea. I’m stumbling around after a restless night’s sleep from the sinister torment creeping through my legs from myofascial pain and arthritis, muttering to myself about the good old days and whether spiders are as afraid of us as we are of them like the old lady I am quickly morphing in to. I am trying to clean out my emails from both accounts and holy shit, the amount of emails is overwhelming. Overwhelming to the point where I avoid it sometimes so long that it literally takes hours to sift through. I have to psych myself up to even open it. “Ok, you’ve got to do this, here’s some wine, here’s some Queens of the Stone Age and a big fattie, and.. Go!”
Let me begin by saying, as a staunchly anal retentive woman of my forties, I simply cannot understand the need for so much communication. Before the Internet age and smartphones we never knew what other people were doing at any given point in the day, and that was ok. We didn’t need to talk and stay in touch constantly. There was quiet time and face to face time and time to read books. We even used to watch TV and just sit there, on one channel through the commercials and all- doing nothing! That seems like a lifetime ago. The other day I noticed that when I posted on Facebook I got a notification letting me know I just posted on Facebook. Like, I was there Bitch! I know!
I can’t stand the constant notifications. I have disabled all of them on my laptop but in case something happens, I have slight FOMO- (fear of missing out) I have not disabled them on my phone although I do, at the frustration of many, constantly keep my phone on silent. I have PTSD and even the sound of the TARDIS materializing (my notification sound) or the Coronation Street theme (my ringtone) often scares the crap out of me. My problem is that I can’t stand to see the light on my phone blinking or a red number icon showing on my apps alerting me to notifications. I HAVE to clear it. I’m drowning in fucking notifications. I have taken to turning my phone off at night because of the damn blinking light and my constant need to clear it.
The Facebook emails. The majority of my inbox consists of Facebook, Twitter and WordPress notifications. These are apps that I am on daily, regularly. Why can’t I just get notified on the app rather than receive an email, a text, a telegram, morse code and a carrier pigeon telling me someone liked my post/tweet/blog? I don’t know, maybe there is a way of eliminating all these emails, if someone knows how, please tell me in the comments before I lose my damn mind.
It’s a typical Sunday here in Saint John. I’m playing with this useless Snapchat app that all the kids are using, another time waster and more notifications. The wife is making homemade egg rolls which takes her hours so I am preparing myself for the cursing, the tears, the throwing of things and the eating of the ones that don’t come out perfect. The pain is bad today so I’m just gonna get vertical on the couch with Lucy the Dog and the Doctor (this past season of Doctor Who for the fourth time), while I think about the good old days and what I would do in the event of a Cyberman attack, oh and clear 600 emails and notifications.
How was your weekend?
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