Disconnect For A Day And Live A Little
Should you have a plan b just in case your cell phone provider goes down?
Yes, we should have “disconnect for a day” as a national holiday in Canada where everyone puts technology away and just lives a little like we used to back in the 80’s and early 90’s.
Only problem is you don’t get paid for it like you might a holiday from work, you just do it.
Think about life back then if you were around (showing my age here) and what you did, how you lived it and how life has changed from then to now. Don’t you ever wish you could just go back to the simple life?
I know you may say we have to get on with the times and I agree but I also believe that sometimes we miss the small things that are pushing the envelope today like the cell phone.
We had no need for them back then like we do today, so why the big change and dependency?
Last week on Grab a Brew #40 I brought up the topic about whether or not we are dependent on the internet and how some people rely so heavily on it just to get by day by day.
Then the week prior grab a brew #39 I talked about ditching the home phone and replacing it with a cell phone because that is what most people do these days.
Rogers is down captain
If you own a cell phone and are with anyone other than Rogers than just the other day you are full aware that Rogers wireless went down. It went down hard across the country as it was plastered all over social media and the news.
Sometimes it’s hard to avoid such a ‘catastrophe’ to some because it’s every other comment that fills your news feed or twitter page and it trends and spreads like wild-fire.
Rogers CEO and president, Nadir Mohamed apologized to the sea of Rogers customers according to Yahoo saying that they worked as quick as possible to restore service to their customers. The website apparently crashed shortly after. He explained that it was unacceptable and that they were investigating. I’m sure they are.
Apparently the service was restored before midnight but for us it made no difference as my wife has a normal cell phone used for emergencies (honestly if it were me I could do without the cell) whereas for others it’s their life-line.
I can understand why people would be angry but we also have to understand that things happen in life and nothing and no one is perfect.
Gosh, if only we lived in a world where nothing happened what would life be like? Some people may see the outage as no big deal and others went haywire over not having access to their most prized possession, the cell phone.
Many tweeters according to the Yahoo article even went hell for leather sharing their anger at some guy on Twitter who uses @rogers as his Twitter handle yet had nothing to do with Rogers lol.
I could only imagine what it was like on his end of social media. I bet just for a moment in time he felt like a star, I mean they all do something to piss someone off so I hope he soaked it all up.
This just goes to show us the power of the internet and the power that a cell phone provider gives to its customers yet when taken away can seem as if the customer has lost his/her blanket like Linus van Pelt, Charlies best friend from the popular Charlie Brown series.
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People were freaking out and I was thinking oh well, I guess we will just have to wait until they are up and running.
I had said to my best friend whom I was talking with as it all went down that so many people were complaining via social media and how I thought they were making a huge deal out this. That’s when he set me straight.
I think that we become dependent on technology and the internet has proven that for me so I’m doing my best to stay away from adding to my technology bundle.
I have owned a cell in my life because I replaced my home phone with my cell phone back in the UK but you can’t get me to pay the outrageous prices they charge to own a cell phone in Canada, at least not yet.
I already have to call once a year to Rogers so I can negotiate a better price on our services which I don’t mind but at the same time I shake my head wondering why we have to do this.
I was single at the time and didn’t need to pay for a home phone and a cell phone so I opted for the cell like many people do today.
I had laughed about the moaning and groaning all over my social media and sure enough my wife’s cell was dead, and I mean dead. She had no text nor could anyone call or receive any incoming calls.
We made it through the night safely and without crisis not having a working cell phone although it didn’t really phase us at all.
There was a technical glitch and they were fixing it, oh well. One comment I read on the Yahoo article said that for that moment in time the roads were safer having fewer people on their cell phones while driving.
While that may be true I should hope that it doesn’t take a wireless provider to go down for us to realize that it’s just not safe to drive and text. We should all have a minute to live.
Nothing is more important than life, nothing.
It’s in our head
Sometimes I believe we condition ourselves to think we need something when we do not.
Boy that chocolate bar looks so good, I sure could use one, so we eat it. The same goes with anything else in life. If we believe in something strongly we can make it come true, even if it is just eating a chocolate bar.
Alternatively the more we do or use something the more we become dependent on it and when it’s taken away it’s like something died or it’s the end of the world unless you have a back-up plan.
If you rely on your credit card for everything and then you lose your job how will you pay for your credit card bill every month?
You need a plan b if you rely on something so heavily that it affects your emotions or daily living plans.
Life never used to be as complicated as it is today with technology surrounding us.
Are we becoming a lazy world because of it?
The good old days
My best friend says to me that not everyone has a home phone anymore so they rely on their cell phone.
If a cell phone provider goes down customers who are reliant may not have a means to finish their work or use of a cell while on the road even though that’s the way it’s been done before the invention of the cell or GPS.
Unless of course your vehicle was sporting a CB radio then you could radio for help.
We drove, used a map and if we broke down we pulled over and if needed we asked someone for help. It was that simple but life is much more complicated with the birth of technology but convenient at the same time.
While on Facebook one of my other friends posted a status update stating she was glad she was not using Rogers as a cell phone provider and she hopes no one needs to call 911 because they won’t be able to.
Then again? How would they call for help if the home phone line went down? You can never win but things happen in life that we can’t control.
No one is perfect
If it’s not Rogers it will be the next company and then the next until we run out of providers to jump to because we believe they have some sort of magical power and will never go down. Please.
As I get older now I realize that we just need to stop sweating the small things and learn to live a little. We put the control of our lives in the hands of others and wonder why we get grey hair before our time.
On a good note for Rogers pre-paid cell phone customers Rogers will credit their monthly bill for the day but to be honest we really don’t care about it, but that’s just us. Things happen.
For others, it may be a huge deal but that’s something you need to decide how you will work around if this happens again. Don’t let a cell phone control your life.
So, yes we do rely on cell phones more than we likely had ever imagined and our world is in the midst of a continuous technology blast that will change the way we all view and live out our future.
Do you rely heavily on your cell phone?
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