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Communication Chaos

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The day we’d planned was lunch at the cottage where my step-son and his kids were staying for a couple of weeks. It’s a wonderful place on Georgian Bay that was originally a simple country house and has over the years evolved into a huge compound for all his in-laws’ family , complete with pool, hot tub, trampoline , and a lovingly attended garden. We love visiting for the day, walking along the lake, and we always bring lots of goodies , treats from Toronto’s ethnic bakeries. And for me, a walk in the country - and That garden is a pure joy. We got a message late Friday, change of plans, they need to come into the the city and could we meet at a Falafal joint. That’s when the texts crossed...between my husband, his son, and daughter. My husband had no idea he was part of a three way texting group. Actually funny when he answered his son but was responding to his daughter , and then he did the oddest thing and texted me——in the same apartment !!! What have we come to ? We are connected but I felt disconnected. We’ve never done that before. Honestly, I was a little miffed, after all we were one room away from each other, but I decided, he was in text mode and simply carried on. But it’s gone too far in my humble opinion. We have to get off the phones. Our family lunch was great, all meatless Mediterranean with the calorie counts provided. Lots of good catch-up conversation. And only one person on the cellphone, briefly, and it was work related. She had to drive back to Montreal pdq - six hours away. That text was necessary. I think we will get this cell phone addiction sorted out. Certainly the driving and texting thing must stop. Here in this very busy city pedestrians are oblivious to traffic, walking into cars. Walking into fountains, bumping into others. Last week on the Subway just about everyone was on the phone - talking loudly in several different languages. On the bus, we all heard how one girl’s life was whirling out of control. In detail. Oh spare me please !!! I hope we get this under control because not just rude, but downright dangerous. And as for my husband texting me while we are both home, it was very unwise. And I think he will now be aware that his three adult children rarely text alone. It’s a trio and sometimes includes others. No secrets with this gang... I’m putting this thing down - right now- in another room. I’m on a cellular diet, until it’s time to log dinner.
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    I tend to keep the ringer off - then I’m surprised when I see texts or phone calls. I really hate when people call, sometimes repeatedly, but don’t leave a message.
    160 days ago
    Restricting screen time is a must! The art of personal communication has suffered right along with interpersonal skills...says me. By choice I am a social media misfit, annnnnd drivers who text and drive? No words...most travel the length of a football field without looking up! I only text the hubs when he’s outta the house, with you there. May the world realize that a digital detox is looooong overdue...
    160 days ago
    I'm ok with texting that replaces emails, but not when they replace conversation. Technology has invaded our lives!
    160 days ago
    It is not always clear when there are multiple people on the text .
    It can be embarrassing if someone does not realize what is being said has many viewers.
    161 days ago
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    161 days ago
    I agree! There are some people that are glued to their phone and they are clueless!
    161 days ago
    Agreed. It's so invasive and dominating our lives. The worst part is the dangerous driving. It's scary on the road, between the distractions and the volatile climate in our society. Praying for peace has a whole new meaning these days. 🙏🙏
    161 days ago
    I detest texting. Often someone will text me without signing it and I don't recognize the number right off.One of my sisters texts my landline-yes we have a landline. I have told her 20 times not to do that. Glad you had some good healthy food and company!
    161 days ago
  • EISSA7
    In my opinion, texting is definitely a double edged efficient and timely way to communicate BUT also paving the path to the very brink of the demise of verbal communication. I wonder if anyone will actually speak at all in another decade?
    161 days ago
    I agree... my kids wonder why they can't reach me during meal time, or after 8pm. I shut the phone off, is why. No longer have the landed phone here... they are very handy, I agree, to a point. Leave a message if it's so darn important. Enjoyed your three way texting story, with everyone on the same floor. emoticon emoticon
    161 days ago
    OH boy. YES! I rarely text. I just fine that the messages are totally misunderstood sometimes.

    Anyhow, I'm with you on the cellular diet.
    161 days ago
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