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4/15/10

Technologically Regressing

So I deleted my Facebook page.
And guess what? My pro's list is WAY longer than my con's list now. Oh man is it awesome!

Pros
+More time to cook dinner
+More time to sleep. I've been sleeping so well after not having to process all of my day's information from facebook. Why should I have someone's friend's cousin's new boyfriend or girlfriend status update keep me from falling asleep? Who cares?
+Go to bed earlier to wake up earlier (It's just me and the birds on my walks to work in the morning! I love it!)
+Less dependence on knowing everything all the time about everyone. Yes I know I could "hide" their feeds or whatever, but I didn't want that. I just wanted to know key important things only. I didn't wall all or nothing. But since those were my only options...I chose nothing. I chose to know nothing about everyone.
+My friends and family still call me and email me so I'm not really out of the loop. I'm just starting an old habit of keeping in touch with people when I need to tell them things or when I need to hear things from them. It's call love, not convenience.

Cons+I don't get the weekly updates on my niece Jillien. I don't get to see all the photos that my cousin Kristen posts of her every week. But i do have the option of asking my mom to email them to me. And if I really need my Jillien fix, I can just drive to Houston to see her. Nothin's stopping me from doing this :)
+I can't think of anything else.

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Well deleting my facebook page has kind of snowballed my mentality to other technological means.
I've been reading BOOKS more often. I've been painting and drawing more often (because I actually want to) I've been doing laundry, and washing the dishes. Today, I'm going to vaccum and dust! I'm kind of excited about it.
I haven't used my cellphone in over 2 months now.
Well, this isn't because I deleted my facebook. But it is sort of related in a way.
My phone was/is really old and the battery was next to dead. It started slowly at first. I was noticing how each time I'd call someone, if I talked longer than 5 minutes it would beep telling me my battery was going to die. Well, I'm not known for being responsible about charging my cellphone so I just figured I'd go home and charge it.
Next thing I knew, I would take it off the charger in the morning on my way to work, and then call my mom on my way home from work. It beeped 3 minutes into our conversation, and would turn off while I was in mid-sentence about 40 seconds after that. Well my solution was, get a new phone (buy a new one) or recycle an old phone of my friend's or my families that they weren't using anymore, and have my phone service Flash the new phone to use their service and keep my same number, etc.

Well, I never got around to doing either of those things. I mean, life happens right? I just started sharing Joel's cellphone, and he didn't seem to mind. So then 2 days ago we discussed cancelling my cellphone altogether and switching to one cellphone between the two of us and a landline.

Who uses land lines anymore in their homes? It's kind of silly really and quite inconvenient if you're used to getting ahold of anyone at anytime. But really, do I NEED that? Do WE need that? No we don't. Whoever is out with the car will have the cellphone. Easy as that. I'm sure this will be a little hard to adjust to when circumstances arrive, but we will make due just as we've made due with having only one car.

It also helps to have friends and family who are willing to let us hitch a ride, borrow their cellphone, etc.
I'm sure when Joel and I grow up and become adults, we'll both have cellphones again, cancel the land line, and each have our own car when our life demands it. But right now, we simply don't.


Questions?
Thoughts?


Johanna

2 comments:

casterfamily said...

I think simplifying our lives is a great idea. So often I wish for less things to be in my world. I feel like there is always something going on. I think if we didn't have the baby we probably wouldn't keep our cell phones. We've talked about this a few times. It is nice to have them in case of emergencies. Good for you for simplifying and enjoying life more in person and not just through the internet.

Erin said...

I often wish that I could give up the cell phone and switch to a land line. But, then I wouldn't be able to text people anymore. I ignore the phones when I don't want to talk to people. Simple as that. But, I LOVE texting, because I can talk without having to TALK. Anywho....I think if you can survive that way, do it!

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