Ever find yourself asking that question? I do… well not to the actual person in most cases, but I do hear myself saying it in my head all the time. However, is it a fair question to ask, even if you are not asking it out loud?
I often forget that all people are not addicted to e-mail and social media apps as badly a I am.
There, I’ve admitted. I addicted to be connected.
It drives me crazy when I send someone an e-mail and I don’t hear back from them for days. That bazaar anxiety even carries over to when I post a message on Facebook, DM someone via Twitter, or even if I am just sending them a text message. I need immediate satisfaction, I NEED a reply.
Sound weird? Well, maybe. However, I am also that guy that gets all excited even when the snail-mail gets delivered, even when that snail-mail delivered turns out to be just junk mail. I’m also that oddball that opens everything for fear there’s a hidden treasure in one of those obscurely labeled envelopes.
I guess I have a need (maybe even an unhealthy need) to be connected to the outside world… Maybe I just spend way too much time in my office…. LOL
But getting back to my e-mail and social obsessions, I always forget that I sit at a computer for 8-12 hours a day during the week and probably another 5 hours per day on the weekends, or within a stones throw from my iPhone or iPad. They’re always right there in front of me. Whenever I’m notified that I have mail or a new message, I have the opportunity to immediately respond. Sometimes, I can even respond too quickly… (but that could be an entire other blog post)….
I am working on cutting the rest of the world a break though, trying to convince myself that everyone isn’t responding because they don’t have immediate access to a computer.
But wait… we all have smart phones now. I can get my mail, or at least most of my mail, on my smart phone. Depending on which smart phone I’m carrying, I can even get to my work mail if I want.
All of my social applications are also on my phone. In fact, the social stuff is probably easier to access on my phone than on my computer. Although I do HATE typing on my phone. Thumbs are too fat and awkward… I end up hitting the wrong letter about 1/3 of the time… and worse yet, my phone is constantly trying to watch out for me by correctly my spelling. I still haven’t figured out how it comes up with some of its spelling correction based on what I had just entered. That’s another mystery for us to discuss in the future in a different blog post.
For now, I actually want to apologize to everyone for expecting you to spend your entire day waiting to respond to one of my mails or messages…. even if I am only getting upset in my head.