I was at a hospital. I asked for an injection showing the prescription. She looked at the paper, said that I have to bring the vial. She went back to the phone screen. She did not see my face. I was a disturbance.
I went to a shop. Asked for the thing. He did not obviously wanted to be taken away from the TV series he was watching. He said ‘No’. Went back to the screen. Customers are most unwelcome.
I had similar experiences in banks, government offices, and street corner shops. Basically everywhere.
It’s time to create filters and get out of the personal bubbles while you are working. When you are serving people. When you are having a conversation with someone. Because it is not so visible to you. Because you are inside the bubble. Someone has to give you the feedback. My feedback was from my wife. When someone says that you are too addicted to the screen, you better think and have filters. Do not shrug it off.
I removed my birthday from online accounts. I was successful.
New year wishes are here to stay. No way to avoid it. In fact getting bigger and messier by the year.
WhatsApp, viber, messenger, sms ( still gets a few) and social media feeds go crazy. I want to ‘wish you the same’, but alas there is no reply-all button for wishing back. Will people get offended if I don’t wish them back? There’s like 200 generic send-all wishes. Should I post a ‘thank you all for wishing me a happy new year. I’m sorry I won’t be able to wish each one of you personally. Have a wonderful year’. Only celebrities do that kind of things. Or is it?
I wish you the same. Not kidding.
There’s an ongoing drama between Apple Inc. and iphone users. Users had complained their phones are getting slowed down. Apple admitted it is a technical glitch, and few customers have sued the company.
Hardware or software issues had nothing to do with what slowed down my phone, it was something else. I’m a Samusung Note fan. Around the launch of Note 8, for about one month, I could feel my existing Note 5 getting slower. My insatiable appetite for the possession of a new shiny Note 8 was slowing down my Note 5. Of course my Note 5 is working pretty fine. I wrestled with my mind for a good one month, before giving up the idea of buying.
In the process I understood the stickiness of modern day marketing bubble. I watched few note 8 videos made my fans on unboxing and performance reviews on youtube. When I went to facebook, ads from local vendors on Note 8 were right on my face. It was literally everywhere. On internet, every click of mine is tracked to deliver me the most tailored suggestions. I am screwed by the algorithms and cookies, because internet tracks my appetite. They feed me with more of it.
At the end of it, I saved Rs. 150,000. That much amount of money is no way an excuse for a few additional premium features. Note 5 is more than fine for me at-least for another year, if it does not die. Here’s the thing, whatever you look for in the internet, that preference will pilfer in to every site you go, as ads. Be alert on your expenses. e-commerce is here to sell, showing amazing deals as if they are here to help you save.
Savings and expenses are two different things not to be confused.