Did I Miss Something…

I recently read an article…by my friend…Christy Birmingham…and realized that…I have a disorder…well…honestly…I’ve had it for years…I just didn’t know it had a name…

Fear of Missing Out…FOMO…

The premise of this disorder…is someone who is constantly…using their mobile devices…to check in with social media…and their email…to be sure that they aren’t missing anything that’s going on in their world…well…except…maybe…
for the conversation at the table where they are having dinner…that is…unless…their companions are also checking-in…and then…there’s no conversation to miss…

So…this is a high-tech disorder…hmmm…maybe not…I can remember…sitting by my princess phone…yes…the one with the cord…connected to the wall…just waiting for it to ring…there were no answering machines…you couldn’t leave the house…it might be…him…or…it might be…her…with information about…him…

Usually…it was…her…for some reason…we did the indirect route back then…it wasn’t okay to call the guy you were interested in…but…you could call the guy that your best friend was crushing over…and…so…that was the social media of the day…

I suppose…now…your BFF…would post on the crush’s Facebook page…or…maybe…send him a private message…or…a chat…but…probably just a text…then…text you back…possibly forwarding you the text…or a picture…or something…regardless…there’d be…a whole lot of texting going on…

So…I’m thinking…maybe FOMO…isn’t a…new-fangled…high-tech…disorder…maybe…it’s been around…as long as there have been…boys…and…girls…and BFFs…and…I have a feeling…it’s here to stay…

Jane

As Seen on TV…

Okay…I admit it…I’ve tried some of…them…those products from the infomercials…products…that promise to do everything from keep your bra straps in place…to…get the pet hair off the sofa…and…pretty much everything in between…
Heck…why not…there’s a checkout aisle at the local Wally World…that’s devoted to them…how can I resist…
Results…the bra strap thingie…you would either have to be severely double jointed…or live with someone else…to actually get them in place…unfortunately…I am neither so…they sat in a drawer…until I finally threw them away…in an attempt to get rid of the things…I no longer need…
Not quite impressed with the latest picture hanging wonder…either…somehow…it didn’t work quite as easily…or…well…at my house as on TV…however…I do have one picture hanging on the wall…but…unlike advertised…I do believe it will leave a place if I pull it out of the wall…
Come on…admit it…you’ve probably purchased at least one of these products…for…only…$19.99…that promise…to solve all your problems…and…make coffee in the morning…yeah…I thought so…but…it’s okay…your secret’s safe with me…and a few of my closest readers…but…I digress…
So…I already know…many of these products are more…hype…than…function…why…oh why…do I still get glassy-eyed when I see them…why…do I pull out my hard earned cash…and plunk it down…saying…I’ll take it
Well…your guess…is as good as mine…but…Bertha…says…it’s…hope…that’s right…hope…I still have hope…that something…that I can actually use…will be invented to keep my bra straps on my shoulders…hope…that I can really hang pictures without leaving a pox mark upon my wall…
And…while she says…hope…is a good thing…maybe…just maybe…I should keep my money…secured…in that brand new keep everything organized purse…you know the one…As Seen on TV…
Jane