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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Memo to Gen Xers and Millennials:

Those of us older than 40 do not live on our phones. 

As a rule, we do not check for new texts (SMSs, WhatsApps, etc.), every minute or two throughout the day. 

Our ears are not alert to the various chimes, bings, beeps and vibrations our phones give off, nor do these sounds and sensations trigger a Pavlovian reflex to take out and stare at our phones, negating/dismissing the presence of real live human beings in our immediate vicinity.

We do not scour social media around the clock to see if someone has 'tagged' us or mentioned us in a tweet.  In fact, stumbling on a week old Facebook conversation that was extremely relevant at the time but is no longer so, feels like hearing about a party to which we were not invited.

We often ignore our email for hours - days, even, if we are away from work -at a time.


If you are trying to coordinate anything with us that is time-sensitive (e.g. a ride, pickup/drop/off, meeting, deadline, dinner reservation, etc.), pick up the damned phone and call us!

If I get to work and find something like this when I sit down to drink a coffee and get around to looking at my phone, please don't ever ask me for a ride ever again:



If you ask me to have something ready for you to pick-up (something that you need from me!!!), and then leave the following messages on my phone for me to find sometime in the future, you can delete my number... because I am dead to you:



I can't decide if this behavior is more passive-aggressive, ADHD, anti-social or some combination of all three.  But what I do know is that, as a rule, you need us old farts a hell-of-a-lot more than we need you.

Also, I know it is cumbersome to actually type out actual sentences with verbs, nouns and other basic parts of speech.  We've given you a pass on using recognizable email, memo or letter formats with a greeting, opening paragraph, statement of purpose, summation and closing salutation (including your name!).  We've even given you a total pass on spelling (GR8, CU L8R, GTG. LOL!).

But if instead of sending me an actual written text you send me a recorded message that will force me to disturb people around me in order to find out what you've said... guess who's going on my blocked list?!  And no, I don't need you to show me how to do that!!! [smug little sh*ts]


Posted by David Bogner on January 28, 2018 | Permalink


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Don't be so hard on those young whippersnappers. They've never had the pleasure of the anticipation of waitng for a *gasp* letter! (AKA snail mail).

Posted by: Quietusleo | Jan 28, 2018 2:00:21 PM

Instead they anticipate likes, WhatsApp’s, instas, etc. The timeframe is just somewhat shorter. 😂

Posted by: Mark | Jan 28, 2018 4:18:31 PM

Gen X-ers? Um, I think you're one of them, as am I. I guess it depends on how you define it, though. But you start the post by writing "those of us over 40...". Most gen x-ers, by most definitions, are over 40 already.

Posted by: David Staum | Jan 28, 2018 10:10:02 PM

No, I'm a baby boomer. I was born during the Kennedy administration.

Posted by: Treppenwitz | Jan 28, 2018 10:43:12 PM

OK. But still, gen-xers aren't under 40. I'm easily considered a gen-xer and I'm getting uncomfortably close to 50.

Posted by: David Staum | Jan 29, 2018 5:12:07 PM

I have a similar reaction to modern so-called communication.

Posted by: Shira Salamone | Jan 30, 2018 12:52:43 AM

I like some of your sentiment, and often feel the same way, but my daughters try to teach me that it is texting that is polite, whereas calling is a bit intrusive. They assume, of course, that I will always see their text messages, which I might not see for a day. Anyway, I wouldn't kick them out of my life and neither will they ever be dead to me. Just saying that sometimes, as messed up as it may look to us, they have great intentions and love us just the same. I think that when it comes to friends and social styles, working with them a little helps, and, sometimes kindly teaching them that you prefer being called will work. I enjoy your post though.

Posted by: Western Pacific | Feb 5, 2018 9:39:22 AM

I keep wondering what the next generations would do if suddenly their technology got wiped out in either an EMP attack, supervolcano eruption, or something else catastrophic ... Morbid I know ...

Posted by: Jerri | Feb 9, 2018 8:35:52 PM

Sorry to disagree, but timeshifting of messages is a great development that this over-40 guy truly appreciates.

Real-time calls should be reserved for genuine emergencies, and for remote bonding. Everything else is better as text/whatsapp/email.

Posted by: Richie Sevrinsky | Feb 11, 2018 9:58:14 PM

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