This morning I had left the house before I realized that I’d failed to charge my phone last night. I was unable to contact anyone, access my routine morning Metro entertainment (usually Sudoku, but at the moment I’m also reading a crime story, which is especially interesting because it was written by my cousin. Widows-in-Law by Michelle Miller. Pretty good stuff.) or even see what time it was.
An hour or two ago I suddenly was unable to post any comments on Facebook. I have no idea how long that will last or what it was I said. I don’t know if I tripped an algorithm or somebody narked on me, like maybe one of the trolls I sometimes argue with. It’s frustrating, though. I don’t even know if I’ll be able to link this to Facebook.
On the one hand, it’s kind of just me and modern technology. We don’t understand each other real well. Also, it’s kind of an ‘if it rains, it pours’ thing and I’m just complaining about having a shitty day, but it wasn’t really a particularly shitty day. I am in good health, I ate well.
A bit disorienting, though, and it does serve as a reminder of how dependent we’ve become on our interconnectedness. On my Metro ride this morning, I had nothing to do but sit there and look at all the other people on the train who were, for the most part, an uninspiring lot, and a large percentage of them were engrossed in their own mobile phones. But, just sitting there and looking at people is what I used to do fairly often.
I feel cut off by not having my posts or comments allowed, but up until about ten years ago, that’s a level of connectivity I never had at all.
People talk about how addicted people are to social media. I say our lives have been enhanced by social media, and so it’s only normal to be a bit frustrated when it’s gone. Hope we’re back to normal by tomorrow, though.