Socially Sound!

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“C’mon! Talk!” their noisy silence gulps my yearning.

“Beep!” a smiley appears on my sister’s phone; she frowns.

“Beep!” brother-in-law types, “Dinner.”

 “Beep!”

“10:20 already,” I mumble lousily.

“Awesome food,” declares sister’s timeline. Ah, there we’re connected!

“24 people liked our photo!”

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Inspired by Yeah Write# 166 Gargleblaster : “What’s that sound?”

 

 

50 thoughts on “Socially Sound!

    1. The last sentence is the first sentence uttered by someone from the family. ” 24 people..” I kept it like that.

      Sometimes we seek validations from the external world without noticing happiness is free of cost within our four-walled boundary, with loved ones. That was the idea behind this story. Thank you for the visit. 🙂

    1. That’s awesome, Nate. I am a technology geek but I realized how important family is to me. That’s why I thought of writing this part-fiction-part-reality story. Thank you for the visit and comment.

  1. LOL – So funny if it wasn’t so annoying too. I HATE to go out with a friend and then watch them spend the whole time on their cell phone. Enough already! Talk to me – but no, they’ll wait till I leave, and then want to text me! Grrr.

    Great response to the prompt!
    Cheryl

    1. Thank you, Tina.I agree. It’s just that I observed moments like this one a lot; I wanted to portray how we feel and how we make others feel while chasing social networking during family dinner.

  2. I’ve gotten caught up in this myself, especially when I post something I am excited about on Facebook, and it doesn’t get much action. So silly! I make a point to silence my phone most of the time, and I wish other people would too.

  3. I agree, the title is brilliant. That first line, too, really says it all about our need to feel “connected” and approved…

    1. Ya, especially during family reunion, family dinner. Otherwise virtually people are connected by memories, words, situations or technology! Your words about the title and the first line made me glad. Thank you. 🙂

  4. A sad commentary on going out to dinner these day. On an encouraging note, I was having a conversation with a friend and when our phones dinged or beeped, we both ignored them the whole time. A very refreshing way to have a conversation.

    1. That’s how we give importance to the person and the moment, right? My phone is silent during conversations, meetings, dinner, movie-time, trips! Thank you for reading, Patrick!

      1. You are correct Archita, that is how we show the other person is important to us. Normally my devices would be on slient but this was a “drop by any time” visit…which I find are usually the best.

    1. This won’t pass, I think. We have to give in, it’s a social pressure. Instant likability, easy communication, “because my friends are there”- many logical explanations. 🙂 Thank you, Shailaja, for the visit and comment. 🙂

      1. You know, I think everything has its time and for me, personally, Facebook has lost its charm. I still share updates, posts, comments on that platform, but I am moving away to something more meaningful. Using it as a social tool instead of a crutch may be all the difference 🙂 But, I certainly agree that there is pressure. Whether we succumb to it is the real question. 🙂

        1. There are so many tools and platforms to network. They all are good to build relationships and sustain. I love pinterest ideas, picture stories on instragram, instant twitter feed to stay updated. But not at dinner table. You’re absolutely right:”Using it as a social tool instead of a crutch may be all the difference”. My dad once said ” it’s an easy escape from reality.” I think, it is, at times. In a room full of people, heads are into devices, fingers scrolling up and down. I wonder what people talk without saying anything to each other right there.

  5. “Ah, there we’re connected!” – subtle but so powerful message. Painfully true dinner story nowadays!

    1. Yikes! All those names make me sprint to library and take a deep breath! Thank you for reading, Amit. Lets talk about every other technology! I’m in!

    1. I was thinking of all the ringtones that ring at the dinner table, get-togethers, social meetings! Your comment made me smile too. Thank you. 🙂

    1. I remember writing an article on this for the first time here and someone commented: “First World Problem.” I thought of using that as title. But, well, I think this one suits the best! 🙂 Thank you, Arka.

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