My recent adventures with Windows Phone’s lack of a 3G-only network mode has caused me to have a look at mobile lifestyle again. Mobile technology has encouraged a new lifestyle of being always connected. It is a lifestyle that I am used to. Since 2004, I have lived the always-connected life. Running a vibrant web host then meant that it was necessary. I had to be on top of server monitoring and customer support all the time. However, I no longer run a web host and so have no real need to be constantly online now. I can afford to have my mobile check my mail at a half hour or hourly interval and not miss out on anything.
What I have found out is that it is the advent of social networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as instant messaging services e.g. WhatsApp, that now drives the desire to be always connected. Desire. Not a real need. Perhaps it wouldn’t hurt so much if I wasn’t always connected. I am in my midlife and surely could do with a life that involves more offline interactions – family and friends. Surely, slowing down cannot be such a bad idea.
You do realise that I might just be looking for a way to adjust to the realities of Windows Phone. Yes; that is the smartphone platform that has won my heart. You know what is said, If you really want to be with someone, you find a way to do it. If not, you find an excuse. Well…. perhaps I shall find a way to be with my beloved Windows Phone.
Yes; it might just be time for me to adjust my lifestyle a bit and pull myself free of this internet addiction that I have lived with for years. But then, doesn’t that defeat the very purpose of the Windows Phone UI – having information from one’s always connected lifestyle on display via tiles? Tehehehehe. Life!
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