Why I Don't Love Technology Sometimes

Technology is great for the most part, but don't you all sometimes wish we just lived in simpler times again? It's like everyone is constantly, constantttttly plugged in. I seriously hate technologies some days... think about it:

People nowadays worry if they haven't gotten a text, seen a tweet or status update in 2 hours from someone. Before all of social media and texting technology, it was no big deal to go days without hearing from a family member or friend. Last week when I didn't blog/tweet for a couple days in a row? People asked me if everything was okay!!
Then there's traveling. It's so easy to shoot a quick text to a family member that you've landed/arrived in your destination. When we didn't have cell phones? You'd have to wait until that person went to a pay-phone or their hotel room to make a long-distance call! Or better yet, you just trusted everything was fine.

Relationships. You give a guy your number back in the day? They should CALL YOU to talk with you and formally ask you on a date. None of this texting, "Hey, wanna go out 2morow nite?" And then following up after the date, "Last night was awesome. Hang again soon?" That's the easy way!

And I can't tell you how many people I know who claim they "hate talking on the phone" .... what?! Don't you all remember junior high and your parents having to put limits on your phone lines (or getting you your own line... what?!) because you and BFFs couldn't stop gabbing away?! Why does everyone suddenly want to only text and never talk? Things are getting so impersonal, it's mind-boggling. I don't talk on the phone every day or anything, but I love a good catch-up session with my mom or a friend.

Another thing... I used to have numbers MEMORIZED! Probably dozens and dozens of them! I literally only know my own cell phone number, Jared's cell number and my parent's house number. If I'm ever in trouble and can't get ahold of them... it won't be good!

Social gatherings. People had to be just that: SOCIAL. Sometimes at family get togethers or holidays I'll look around a room and almost every person is on their phone. People are not as present as they used to be, because before technology there was no other option but to talk!

Now excuse me while I go tweet my blog post to the world...

28 comments

  1. The number one is so bad! If there was an emergency and I had to use someone else's phone, there are only like 2 people I would be able to call. I don't have any numbers memorized!

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  2. GIRLLLLLL this is so spot on! I was talking to Mr. Big Truck the other day about how much of a love hate relationship I have with my phone. I love being able to stay in contact with everyone so easily buuuuuuut no one actually PICKS up the phone and TALKS to anyone anymore. I remember in high school I was ALWAYS on the phone TALKING to people. Crazy!

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  3. That last line....LOLOL.

    Seriously. I laughed out loud at some of these. I'm so guilty of most of them too. I will say though, I do truly hate talking on the phone - unless it's a catch up session with my mom or my cousin. I always say, I got all my talking out in middle school when I did have my own phone line and I'd literally fall asleep with the phone to my ear.

    I will say, when we go away to places that don't have service, it is SO nice. We went to Snowshoe again this past Winter and we had service unlike the year before. I was so annoyed because clearly just wanting to unplug didn't keep me off my phone...I needed to be forced with no service!

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  4. so so so true!!!! I just did a guest post over @ Life Oceanside on this!!

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  5. So true girl! I don't remember right now if you listen to country music or not, but Miranda Lambert's most recent song, "Automatic", is all about this! But you're so right. For all the *good* technology does for us, it also brings some *bad* with it as well.

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  6. This is awesome and so true, every single one.

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  7. I had to stop and think for a minute, but I have seven numbers memorized. All are to get family.

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  8. I think about this a lot and I do sometimes wish for a time when I could leave my house without freaking out because I forgot my phone. However, it's not like there are payphones available these days if you do forget and if there were I'm not even sure how much it costs to make a call. :)

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  9. So true...I think about not having phone numbers memorized all the time. I feel like I know most of the important ones, but I would probably get a digit wrong here and there. It's really scary to think about this pattern continuing, like where are we going to be in another 5 or 10 years? It's like just because we CAN do all this stuff, does it mean we really NEED to? It would be nice if we were just all still in the honeymoon phase, and things would be more or less back to normal after a while.

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  10. I would be in BIG trouble if I ever deleted my contacts because I don't know anyone's phone numbers. I wish people were better at visiting and having conversations when you go to a gathering. People just seem glued to their phones, check status updates and ignoring the people right next to them. It's my biggest pet peeve at family gatherings. Think my family would think I'm rude if I confiscated their cell phones when they came over?? ha ha :)

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  11. Confession: Even on my cell phone, I still dial numbers manually if they are ones I had to memorize back in the day. :)

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  12. You took the words right outta my mouth!!! I love unplugging. Actually last night when I got home from work, I put my phone on my end table in the bedroom, and spent like 3 hours without looking at it!! It was AWESOME!! I so agree about the dating thing, I hate that our children will probably never know what it's like to call a boy/girl on a HOUSE PHONE and have his/her parents answer!

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  13. this is most definitely a true post - some days I love technology and other days I hate it! haha. A couple of nights ago I turned my phone off from the time my hubby got home until we crawled into bed...it was so nice and it'll be happening a lot more!

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  14. LOL! this is a good one. I wish things were a little more like the older days.

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  15. The only phone number I still know is my best friend's mom's house!

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  16. I love this post! Did you happen to listen to Miranda Lambert's song Automatic right before writing this? :)
    I must admit, I am one of those people that can't stand to be on the phone. Mainly because that is what I do all day at work so it is the last thing I want to do in my free time. I much rather send a quick text and then see someone in person. I still have a ton of phone numbers memorized because that is just how my brain works. Numbers have always been embedded in there! lol!
    Hope you have a good weekend Erin!

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  17. True story: our friends Mike and Amy moved here a few months ago from Atlanta and they got new cell phone numbers. One day last week Amy left her phone at home and Mike emailed her and said "call me when you get this." She emailed him back and said "I can't. I don't know either of our phone numbers." Hahaha!

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  18. I LOVE this! It is all so true! I'm not a big twitter user because I just haven't ever gotten into it, but everything else is spot on.

    We were working with the boys on our phone numbers the other day and I fount it weird that I was also teaching them to look for the star (favorites) and they could just click on our picture if they couldn't remember the number and needed to call us. Now of course that won't work from anybody's else's phone, but to think I had to explain that is crazy.

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  19. I often feel like my phone is a complete burden - I totally agree with you where sometimes the lack of technology was simpler! I worry so much about people when I haven't heard from them. I would never do that before cell phones were a thing. I am constantly looking at my Instagram feed. I really need to turn off!! It also drives me nuts how people always have their phones out at dinner or something like that!!

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  20. Oh my gosh, I could not agree/identify with this post more! It's sad how impersonal everything has gotten. And what kills me is that kids are getting into technology now younger and younger. I've seen elementary aged kids with iPhones!! Actually, I've turned into one of those people who doesn't like to talk on the phone, which is weird because I used to spend hours doing it as a teenager...

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  21. Haha - love ALL of this so true!!

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  22. I can't even....it's like we think the same thoughts. Everything you said was on point!
    But really though. Went to the movies with some friends, one of thems son, and Doug. I looked over and saw one of my friends checking FB more than once. So, that's like a double no-no. I can't stand to see a phone glow in a movie theater.
    Being present is something that everyone needs to work on & they just don't care.
    Bleh!

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  23. Love this post! Haha still working on calling people on the phone, especially my tax-season-working-boyfriend who's working late hours. I can still remember some of my friend's home phone numbers, but couldn't tell you what their cell phone numbers are. It'll be a sad world if technology ever decides to quit working on us!

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  24. It's so true. All of this. And I confess that I am one of those people who hates talking on the phone. But if it's any conciliation, I prefer FaceTime, Google Hangouts or face to face meetings :) Don't even get me started on voicemails. And I completely agree with you that people are not as present as they used to be. This is something I'm really trying to work on.

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  25. That last line made me lol! I agree 100% with this post, I feel so refreshed when I just unplug from technology! It's such a relief to get away from it for a while. I long for the days where we can have dinner without someone calling us and of course we always answer the phone. When I was growing up we use to have a rule of no answering the telephone while we were at the dinner table of course that was the house phone and I didn't have a cell phone but maybe we should make that a rule in our house again.

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  26. this is so true but its just the way of the world... for example my hubby and i were watching wheel of fortune (YES OLD FARTY FARTS HERE) and it was college night or something and the puzzle was a phrase we could NOT figure it out and we are GOOD at this game... anyway it was "stop texting me im cramming for finals" aaron and i laughed and said, "no wonder we couldnt get that one" there was BARELY texting when we were in college! hahahha but you have to love how fast paced life can really be and all the amazing things that technology really can bring our way, right!?

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  27. hahaha yes I remember the days of being on the phone all night long in middle school and yelling at my mom not to go on the dial up internet haha! I agree sometimes technology sucks. I hate how people think it's okay to be on their phone texting constantly when you're talking with them.

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