Behind The Times For Not Using WhatsApp

Yes, I suppose it does have its uses. But then again so does normal texting. And isn't WhatsApp just a glorified messaging service? I see it is free to use at this time, but the owners are trying to cash in on its popularity and make it a paid service. It's not just for a mobile phone either, it can be used on tablets, laptops Apple Macs etc. However, for someone like me I hate the idea. I know you can block people (from what I've read online), but won't they know that you've blocked them? I mean, say if you were all chatty and then all of a sudden you're gone forever, won't they know you have blocked them? What excuse can you give for the silent treatment..I lost my phone! hmm. Yeah that's a goodun.

And if you don't block them I hate the fact that people are constantly connected, like as soon as they send you a message they expect a reply back within a minute. Who can blame them really because most people have their phones on them or beside them 24/7. The reason why I'm talking about Whatsapp is because I got chatting to a girl the other day and that's what she asked me. Have you got WhatsApp, and I said WhatsApp - Whats that? lol.

She seemed really surprised that I didn't know what it was. But I'm old skool, and I like being old skool. That's just me. I said no and I think she must have thought I did have it really and just didn't want to give her my address.. Is it an address that you use? A name etc? Or is it just the phone number.. I don't know and I can't be bothered to look that up. I should have showed her my phone, she would have believed me then! It's not a Smartphone. Oh my, how untrendy I am. I use a Samsung E2600..haha.

Anyway, I think she must have thought I was a player or something. I'm not. In a way, now that I know a bit more about WhatsApp I'm glad I didn't have it on my phone in order to give her my details. We would have been connected or whatever and I would have been expected to send little messages to her all day long lol. Like we were in a mobile chatroom or something..

I hate that to be honest. Chatting constantly all day..That's a good way to quickly get sick of someone. It's also like monitoring your every move! Kind of like Facebook come to think of it. I don't use that either! Quick sheeple, Daisy just took a shi@t and posted a picture of it on her page, lmao. I hate how fake it is. Like people just updating their page, or status? - to show people where they have been or what they have bought. I think I'm starting to hate the society we live in. It seems so fake and materialistic... I'll stick to my old skool ways.

A Mobile Phone That Can Only Text?

I know it wouldn't be called a mobile phone if you can't actually use it to make a phone call, but wouldn't it be great if there was a device that was shaped like a fat mobile phone, kind of like an old school Pager but with a nice keypad, that you could only send and receive texts with. No phone calls at all.  I know this seems a little backwards in terms of technology moving forward and all that, but surely I can't be the only one who wants a device like this? I found somewhere else where people are talking about this.

I have done a little research on this subject and I am aware that there has been a few devices like this out there for sale in the past that have now been discontinued. It would be nice to see a new one introduced to the market. I think there is a market for them. Not everyone likes talking on a mobile phone, I am one of those people. And as long as someone can get a message to me, and me reply back to them, that's enough for me. A text-only device would also be extremely useful for deaf people. Some people have suggested buying an old mobile phone like a Nokia 3210 and just using that to send texts.

But I'm after a device that doesn't have the ability to make a call - No ear speaker or mic. Like a pager which takes a normal SIM card but with a nice integrated keypad to write / type with. Someone needs to come up with a device like this. I'm sure there would be people that would jump at the chance to buy one. I bet they could be made for cheap too. I wonder who owns the Patent for a device that takes a SIM card which can only text. If its a company with good financial status that can pump some money into making such a device (Prototypes etc) they are missing out on a potentially huge market here. Peter Jones?.. What are you playing at?

Of course, for a big majority of the people who can't last the day (Or the hour!) without their Smartphone this idea is going to sound crazy. Like asking them to go and live on an Island on their own for a month..But not everyone cares much about being "Connected to everything" 24/7, constantly bombarded by Whatsapp messages, "Breaking News" and Facebook updates. Some of us just don't care. And some just hate using mobile phones (Me).

Have you taken a look around outside lately? Been on a bus? A Train, or anywhere that has crowds of people. How many people do you see with their heads down, totally oblivious to the world, mesmerised by their Smartphones. These days everything is more virtual, people seem to be almost in a trance. Real life conversations and real connections are being minimised more and more, and I think this virtual world, where you can basically live on your mobile phone is to blame. Mobile phone addiction! Give me an old school mobile phone (Not a Smartphone), a text only device, or even a pay as you go land line which takes a SIM card any day. Now there's an idea!

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