And so I discovered this little thing called Whatsapp recently. Oh dear. If anyone out there is as out of synch as I seem to be all the time with anything technology-related, I explain: Whatsapp is an app for your phone that you use to keep in touch with people, if you are both signed in. You can send messages, pictures, videos, etc.
A friend of mine asked me if I had it and I said no (already thinking – mmm, this will be complicated and I can’t be bothered!). But then my other half downloaded the thing and she found me, as easy as that! I was amazed (I am easily amazed with anything like that). So, friend added, we started talking away. Fantastic.
I then quickly realised how good a little thing this was. See, living away from family and friends, this makes it so much easier to keep in touch with everyone, especially when you consider the different time zones. I can leave a message at midnight my time and get a reply at 4am, but that’s ok, because I can listen to it at any time I want! It’s great!
It can, however, become slightly addictive. I have been talking to one friend in particular who also lives away from home (by ‘home’ I mean our hometown) and we seem to talk about our daily lives’ little details, like what we are doing today, what the plans are for tomorrow, how we are feeling, if the weather is good, stuff like that. But even with all the details and lots of little messages, it doesn’t become tiring at all. It just makes us feel even closer. And what’s not to love about that?
I miss my friends so much. I have fantastic friends that I made here in the UK, but my friends from home know all about me. They know the awkward teenager I once was. They know how stubborn I can be. They know my star sign without even asking. They just really know what I’m like. Don’t get me wrong, my friends over here are slowly but surely getting to know me too, warts and all, but long-term friendship is a process where steps cannot be skipped. So it’s good to be back in constant contact with those that know me inside out and have done so for many years.
I am indeed addicted at the moment. I look forward to my friends’ messages and I enjoy sending mine to them. I also like the fact that there is no immediate interaction, as this makes you think and really try and address all the points your friend made in the last conversation. It seems as though less of the conversation is lost than if you were face to face.
Of course, it’s not ideal. Ideal is face to face, as it always will be. Nothing beats looking into each other’s eyes, as a good friend most of the time doesn’t even need words to explain a look. But since we can’t have it all, Whatsapp is a fantastic solution (and no, I’m not being paid by them!). In my opinion, anything that makes me feel closer to the ones I love, is ON! Bless technology!