Yes, you mentioned before you don’t have a smartphone. I just spent 1.5k on a new one, but it has an option to use Samsun DEX (which is it turns the smartphone into a Desktop computer with any Smart TV (I have Samsung TVs anyway) - and this means I can use the phone as a desktop for Word, Excel, etc. on the go too. It’s a nice feature, but was the smartphone really worth it, well the camera is quite good and has pro features - so this stopped me buying a camera too - which is a small saving. Apart from that, WhatsApp is a must for me as all my friends use it and it’s been a great tool for staying in touch with them during the Pandemic.
I like the phone but I won’t be upgrading for at least 7-10 years (like the last time). Maybe next time I won’t get a smartphone.
As with Facebook - there was a member on this forum before, and we made good chatting friends and ended up being Facebook friends. I decided I would do a cull of the friends on Facebook as there was too many. I hadn’t see or heard from this person the forum or on Facebook for about a year, so I decided to unfriend them. About 1 hour later I got an email saying that he was really hurt and disappointed that I had unfriended him on Facebook… I was like … I don’t really know you and we haven’t spoke in over a year…
But that was enough for me. I realised if people were not friends with you on Facebook you can’t be friends in real life - which was very strange.
I also went out for a night out with my then girlfriend (now wife) to one of my wife’s colleagues was having a night out. I thought it would be great as her work friend always posted pictures of being out on nights out, meeting loads of people, lots of fun.
The night was nothing like that - instead she and her friends spent the whole night on their phones, taking picutres and posting updates to the Facebook page. I looked at my then girlfriend and was like, do you want to go somewhere else. When we said we were leaving we were met with “Aw why? We’re having so much fun!”
How social media has consumed people for likes and shares it’s insane.
Hence, removing myself from all the social media sites (even Twitter you can be waiting to get that ‘heart’ for a like. Or waiting for someone to comment.
It is fracturing social society, not bringing it together.
Yes, I do like the BBC but find some of their coverage, especially home based coverage, to be quite biased.
I’ve found the Google News app to be quite good, it has lots of categories to choose from, so I just have 1 app on my phone now for the news that I want to read - and I can pick and choose other categories and time goes by.
I really miss just buying a newspaper everyday. In fact I still buy a newspaper and a magazine on a Saturday and sit in the garden reading and drinking coffee.
But I often find you are reading news that you already read the day before, or the day before that. It’s not really as up to date as the Apps are - how could they.