Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hubby's Crackberry

If there were ever two polar opposites, it's me and my husband, Blair.

When our twelve-year-old television broke down and died last month, I jumped for joy because we were rid of the television. He jumped for joy because he was finally going to get an updated version (after a few weeks, I finally gave in. There were six boys at the house and no video games--what a horror!)

I still have to be shown how to save a file on the computer. He does video and audio editing, and can talk "geek speak" like nobody's business.

I love nature. He loves technology.

It's like the country mouse and the city mouse fell in love and had seven little mice!!

So, maybe it's just me, but I find his strange addiction to his blackberry (or as it is more commonly refered to as "crackberry") strange and disturbing. He's always receiving messages, delivering messages, texting, or chatting. Is it just me or is it necessary to constantly remain connected? I think the more connection we have with the outside world, the more disconnect we have within. The more we stress the need to constantly communicate with others, the fewer opportunities we have to communicate with ourselves. But, like I said, maybe it's just me. That's why I wanted to post this. What do you think? Are people today too "connected?"

Of course, in his defense, he does keep up with my schedule and get me where I need to be when I need to be there. If it were up to me, I would still be happily writing in my legal pads with my black and white television with the rabbit ear antennae collecting dust in the corner.

Let me know what you think!


Heather B said...

Hi, I would like to start it out by saying that I am just getting into the whole groove of electronic mail and the information highway. I like it so much. I am not a very social person. I do not like talking on the phone and I like to get to the business at hand, because when that is finished, there is something else that I need to work on waiting in the shadows. So this gagetry helps us keep up with everyone else. I do miss conversing, one on one, but people are too busy. As I am too busy. I wish we could go back to the Sunday visits with friends or family and stay to the late nights, playing dominos and kids running around being kids. We have to put these moments in our schedule and make sure everyones schedule match up and blah blah blah. What are you going to do, the world keeps on turning and you can not get off, just keep up! My husband and I are opposites too but vice verse, funny but he completes me!

The Eckerts said...

I definitely think as a whole people are too connected. We have decided in our home to not be apart of that. We don't get any channels on our t.v. not because we can't, but because we choose not to. It's a waste of time! We are able to spend so much more quality time with each other now that t.v. is not a distraction. It's so easy to sit down and have 2 hours pass and not move a muscle. what a boring way to live life! Now, don't get me wrong, we love movies, but we don't watch them a lot.

My way of connecting is through the internet. Which, I think I've found to be just as a distraction as the t.v. So, who knows.

I limit my time daily in emails and browsing blogs, but it is a much more convenient way to connect with family and friends. With everyone so far away I am able to post pictures and videos of us. It's made the distance between loved ones not seem so close. That's the only benefit I've found though.

Rachel said...

Let me just say, "Hannah you crack me up!" It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud and your blogs do it every time. In reply to "Hubby's Crackberry", I guess I'm pretty lucky, my hubby is computer illiterate. He sure knows how to turn the T.V. on though!! ESPN is his "Crack"! Technology is a wonderful thing as long as you keep your priorities in order. The good thing about Technology is when it starts to disconnect the family you can always TURN IT OFF!