I fit into a narrow generation gap between Gen-X and the Millennials. While I associate with Gen-Xers, I witnessed and became an early adopter during the birth of the Internet. I still put two spaces after a period, lol.
And I think it’s this straddle, that gives me a perspective on technology. While these things are useful, we can’t allow a pocket rectangle to control our lives.
I’ve carved out my personal space. For me, that means setting “Do Not Disturb” hours, restricting notifications to only the truly important things, and excusing myself from most social media. And before you go and say, “Well, isn’t a blog a form of social media?” Frankly, there’s nothing social about this one. I’d be surprised if more than one person reads this. I’m writing this because I like to write. I enjoy the way that words come together to form ideas; how language shapes culture.
Earlier today, I received a push notification on my phone from a food delivery service. And even though their app gave me an option to not receive these kinds of promotional messages, they refused to stop sending them.
This is my personal space, and intruding it with a message about how I should be enjoying a hamburger, is as bad— nay, is worse than an unsolicited knock at my door. I can ignore the zealot going door -to-door, but SkipTheDishes barged straight into my living room.
I’m lucky, in that this kind of intrusion can be stopped by simply deleting the application. So now, I’ve chosen to no longer be a customer of SkipTheDishes. Bonus, is that will save me money, and it might even save my waistline.