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MAKING PEACE WITH SMARTPHONES & SOCIAL MEDIA

The more I read about the evils of social media, the more I know that I need to make for the digital door. There isn’t one of these apps that works to monetize your data. I’m addicted, I have been doing my best to walk away for over ten years, but I keep getting sucked back into their trap. I don’t want to use WhatsApp or Facebook or Twitter, or any Google produced apps and resources.

The problem, it seems, is that everyone else does want to use those software products. That means that if I need to communicate with those users, I have to ask them to change their behaviours and message me by using the more traditional modes of communication. I have to ask them to phone me, email me or send me an SMS text. For some reason that seems like too much of an ask, and so, they often don’t bother. I am also what is known as a victim of FOMO, or the fear of missing out. Because I choose to shun the social media zeitgeist, I often don’t have relevant information for many events and daily problems that arise.

FOMO wouldn’t be an issue if people accepted my wishes and made an effort to communicate with me in the ways outlined above. Then there is my smartphone. I don’t want to have a smartphone anymore. I want to take a sideways step and start to use my Punkt MP02 ‘dumb-phone’ instead. It makes and receives phone calls and text messages. The phone doesn’t have a camera or internet access, although it can work as a wifi hotspot at 4g speeds if required.

If my family, friends and colleagues aren’t willing to accept my point of view, then I am afraid that they will be the ones who will be missing out. It is time to take a stand, break the addictive cycle of endless social media use and send my smartphone to the tech graveyard (kitchen drawer). Over the next few weeks, I intend to wind down the use of social media and my smartphone.

I have an excellent compact digital camera to use instead of the camera on my phone. I’ll post photos that I wish the world to see here on my blog.

I’ll only be checking email via my computer, and I’ll be asking everyone that needs to keep in touch with me to do so via telephone, SMS and email. From the start of 2021, I will take a year away from all social media use. I’m not going to delete my accounts; I will furlough them and check them all on the 1st of January 2022.

If you would like to keep in touch with me, please use the contact form on this site, or subscribe to my newsletter. Drop me a line if you need my phone number. That is all.

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/what a fucking mission getting a pre-order in place for the new XBox Series X today_! /we did it though.

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/fuck yeah_this looks way better_!

So, another evolution to this website/blog/journal_thing. The post number_title/thingy will now be a tag, and I’ll update the /url_slug with it too. I’m not sure what I hope to achieve by doing this? Maybe it is all about aesthetics? Anyhoo, I’m now limiting my social media and smartphone use to just a couple of times per day. I check once in the morning, and then once again in the evening before I log off the tech for the day. I feel lighter, somehow?!

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I’m playing with the format for this blog again.

I’m thinking about losing the post title (sequential-numeric), and sticking it in the tags section instead. I think it might look a bit better?

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This is much better than social media! Welcome to the 500th post.

Wow! I can’t believe that I have hit half a thousand posts. I’ve been chipping away at this blog for some time, and I have to say, I LOVE IT! I like that I can say whatever I want, whenever I want. I own all of the content that I post, it cannot be weaponised for use in targeted advertising. I don’t have to worry about algorithms fucking with things, or bots deciding if anything that I write gets to see the light of day for more than a nanosecond.

Long live freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom to write about anything that tickles my fancy. This is un-social media, if you don’t like it, there’s the door! That is all.

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IT’S KEBAB O’CLOCK!

Thursdays seem to have become takeaway kebab and pizza day for this household!

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shallow focus photography of black Xbox controller
Photo by Rohit Choudhari on Unsplash

THE XBOX ONE OPEN NAT DEBACLE

I now have IPv6 fully operational on my broadband connection. IPv6 is fucking awesome; except it isn’t. Not where my Xbox One is concerned. It should be the best way to connect the console to the internet for the online gaming etc. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Suddenly, I can’t play games online with my friends. I had to go back to using IPv4, just so we (my son and I) can play games. FFS.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I have just spent the best part of two hours trying to obtain an open NAT. Job done, but what a fucking faff. Let’s hope the next gen Xbox does better.

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