No Longer Plugged In #amwriting

Time got away from me. A frequent occurrence anymore. “Must place heels down to stop the flow of time.” Thanks to Rochelle, as always, for providing this wonderful opportunity that is Friday Fictioneers.

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No Longer Plugged In

My friends hated coming to my house because my parents despised texting when people were present: “Rude and unacceptable.”

My friends lived their lives on Facebook and Instagram, glossing over the ugly bits, constantly redesigning themselves so they were social media-friendly.

Then dystopia.

Without their phones and social media affirmation, my friends wander in a barren world

Caitlin appeared on my doorstep: “I had overnight oats for breakfast with very red strawberries.”

Noelle twirled in her dress. “It swirls.”

Tiffany held a blue martini toward the light: “Cerulean.”

Stephanie raised her dead phone to take a selfie. “I’m significant.”


Sascha Darlington

29 thoughts on “No Longer Plugged In #amwriting

  1. My internet has been having blackouts. It frustrates me. I have to ask myself why. Learn to do non-internet related activities, ie writing. But still… lol

      1. I’ve done one and suffered writer’s block haha. No internet to inspire. Too quiet (I work better with background noise). It was years ago, I know more about over coming blockages.

  2. You sum it up very nicely, Sascha. Not real reassuring. My kids (in their 30s) wouldn’t think of keeping their phones out before. As time has gone on they don’t even notice they’re focused on it when they visit. I have to call attention to it, then they will put them away. Kids of today will not have a memory of a time before personal cell phones 🙁

    1. I think we were lucky in a lot of ways where the new generation isn’t. We still get that human interaction, face to face, is a good thing. I don’t know that the younger generations can be swayed.

  3. phones and social media are supposed to bring us close together, but apparently they don’t do the job as advertised. what an irony.

  4. This really resonated with me. I get so enraged with people when they have their noses in their phones and ignore everyone and everything around them. It is incredibly rude and it saddens me that it seems to be becoming the norm, but I grew up in a pre-mobile phone/internet world.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    1. I did too. Recently I attended a dinner party where the oldest amongst us had his cell phone out to look at texts and do searches. I wondered if he’d lost some sensibility since he retired. 🙁

  5. The last line really nails it. They still need the online rituals to live their offline lives. Maybe they find their true significance over time.

  6. How sad. All it takes is something like a sunspot to wipe out our communications. People who work with computers are worried about their children. They understand the problems. Well done, Sascha. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I don’t see how people can be weaned from their phones. I feel sad when I see so many people on their phones at restaurants rather than engaged with the person their dining with. It’s indescribably sad.

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