Sometimes I don’t realize how distracting the internet is until it’s gone. It’s an alternative to the many things I don’t want to be thinking about.
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I’ve never owned a smart phone and currently I don’t even own a cell phone. I remember back when I first started using twitter I was really confused by people tweeting about losing power at their home. “How are they tweeting with no electricity to power their computer?” Using the internet on a mobile device is so common now it’s funny to think that just a few years ago I had no idea people were doing it.
My day job used to be web design. Internet Explorer was my constant adversary back then. Always throwing a monkey wrench in my lunch plans as I stayed at my desk to research a new workaround.
I rarely have any sort of meaningful interaction with humans in real life apart from my family. That entire part of my life is now filled with little pictures and short bursts of text from people that are scattered all over the world. The rolling messages of “good night” and “good morning” have really opened my eyes. It makes me think of “home” more as this planet rather than just this house that I live in.
Have you seen them? They are following me everywhere! Look there’s one now! Oh no!!! Oh… hahaha, that’s a good one.
Most everything on my computers that has a text entry system also has some sort of built in spell checker. They are sometimes a little limited. I use google a lot to double check a lot of “misspelled” words. It’s usually a case of a word that dictionaries doen’t know about yet but is used by people every day.
Back around 1997 I used to have a magical power. People at work would be having a conversation about something like “Yeah, who was that guy in that movie?” I would leave the room, look up the answer on the internet, walk back to the conversation and give them the answer. Most of these people didn’t have a computer at work or at home. They had no idea how one I could know little details about so many things. Now that person would have looked up the answer on his phone before he even asked the question out loud.
These people confuse me. They say they can’t find something. They say they searched for it but somehow when I type the exact words coming out of their mouth into google it works. The first time. I’ve never followed them back to their computer to see them try it. Maybe there’s some secret reason I’m missing.
Playing around outside during summer we would occasionally stop to get a drink from the garden hose. It was always such a rush of excitement when I would see someone off in the distance pick up the hose to get a drink. I would casually grab the hose and slowly crimp it so that the water would slow down as they leaned in to it. Then right as their lips were about to touch the hose itself I would let go and let the full force of the water punch them in the face. Then I would have to run away very fast.