Few weeks ago, my iPhone just stopped working for absolutely no reason. Despite multiple trouble shooting strategies like power cycle, download the new iOS, and calling it some names that starts with F and S, nothing worked. I was going to take it to the Apple store, which required me to make an appointment and the first available was not until the next day. For the next 24 hours, I had no LTE or data to use apps like Uber, Lyft, Spotify or any social medias to feed on. I felt completely lost and disconnected from the world.
I don’t think I am the only one who believes Apple purposely programs the iPhones to stop working around the time when the new iPhone comes out. Of course, this does not stop me from buying a new one and I pre-ordered the iPhone 11.
It almost feels impossible to navigate this world now without a smart phone. It’s also a tool to socialize even if we’re in presence of each other. Last weekend, I was at a party and at one point there are about 4-5 small groups of 2-3 people with one cell phone out showing either photos, Facebook pages, or website of some sort to talk about.
We are constantly bombarded with feeds, alerts, and notifications on our cell phones. Even this blog post might be coming up on your feeds, alerts, and notifications. We are so addicted to the instant gratification to scratch our boredom itch. It’s not unusual to watch TV while scrolling through social media feeds.
I went out with a guy earlier this year with a guy named Felix. He is a white dude in his late 40’s. He is a writer and wears a pair of nerdy glasses. We went to a bar and had a beer, which only took about 30 minutes. I was so bored while he was talking about a camping trip with his 2 sons. I am not into camping at all and children are so annoying. Felix and I had nothing in common and the whole time I kept wanting to take out my phone, perhaps to order a ride home.
Why is that we’re so uncomfortable with boredom? Have we all developed ADD? Is this why Adderall abuse is happening?
I never heard back from Felix. Maybe he was also bored with me.
This is a boring blog post.