Just a little thought for the day: I’m not trying to be a jerk here, but I really don’t understand the messages I see on Facebook that say “lost my cell phone, so if I don’t get back to you right away, that’s why”, or “Cell phone went swimming – I’m out of commission til further notice”. or anything along those lines. To keep this short and sweet, I’ll just list my reasons why I think this is dumb:
1. How many people are actually calling you in one day that people are going to be legitimately concerned if you don’t return their call in an hour? I mean I’d say I’m liked an average amount but still, that being said, not counting calls from my boyfriend (if I’m lucky), most of the time I spend on my phone is perusing the internet and responding to emails….which brings me to my next point –
2. Since you’re posting this message on Facebook, you OBVIOUSLY have access to the internet, sooooo instead of making yourself feel important and telling the whole world that you’re phone is out of commission for a while just in case the whole world wants to get in touch with you, why don’t you just email the 2 or 3 people who would actually notice and call it a day. I hope that this doesn’t come as a shock, but about 97-99% of the people who read that message probably weren’t planning on contacting you.
3. Furthermore, don’t people understand that you can retrieve your voice mails from ANY phone? This is not a joke, you really can, and if you honestly don’t know how to do that, here’s the secret: Step 1: pick up a phone, any phone will work, land line, cell phone, pay phone, whatever. Step 2: dial your cell phone number. Step 3: when your voice mail picks up, press “#”. Step 4: punch in your password. voila – problem solved. Now you can keep in contact with your fan base and no one will worry their pretty little heads over your phone debacle.
4. What’s with the “lost all my contacts, send me your number” post on Facebook. I hate to have to be the one to announce this, but its 2012. Don’t people have their info backed up on a computer somewhere? I mean I, for one, know the phone numbers of about 95% of my friends and family by heart. I don’t expect everyone to be that awesome, but I would expect people, especially tech-savvy 20-somethings, to have enough common sense to back up their life.
5. This is the real kicker for this whole situation, if you ask me. People make this dramatic post on Facebook like they are going to be in a 3rd world country for a year or something. Let’s face it: for most of us, cell phones are our everything: our phone, our calendar, our email device, our gps, our internet, our alarm clock, address book, camera, game counsel, and the list goes on and on…I think it’s pretty safe to say that even if the phone is lost, shattered or stolen, the longest you will be without it is 3 days or less. I think it may even be impossible to live without a phone for longer than that amount of time.
So I guess at the end of the day what I’m trying to say is a couple of things: Pull.It.Together. Back your shit up and stop acting like the whole world is concerned that your phone isn’t working. Contact your mom (and possibly your significant other) and let them know, but don’t worry about everyone else because at the end of the day, your mom/significant other is probably the one(s) who will have even noticed that you haven’t called or texted them all day, and even they, probably wont care.