What to do with too many photos?

Photos from February and beginning of March. Need to speed up posting. Too many photos to be able to post only a one a day.  So I am putting them all here. More info in the titles of the photos.

But what to do with too many photos?

(c) Pavel P.

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Why I switched to dumb phone.

Yes, I actually ditched my smartphone. The situation was unbearable. Smartphone connected to the internet is highly addictive device. I was heavy smartphone user for about 7 years. I checked it in the morning. I checked it before I fell asleep. I checked it in the restaurants during family lunch. I communicated on social media while driving my car. I relied on Google search. On navigations. It happened to be most important thing. Not having it in my pocket caused that I felt nervous. I became addicted. I depended on this device in almost everything. I was just unable to put it away.

Also in connection with social media and liking culture, it was just too much. I would check whats new on Facebook if new likes or comments or whatever was going on. Than I would check all other apps – Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter. And when I was done I would go back to Facebook if anything new showed up. Just crazy.

So I bought Nokia phone with no possibility to connect to Internet. It has 0,3 megapixel camera. Which means, that I use it only when necessary. Not for picture taking, because it is very low quality images.

Now I use phone to make and receive calls and write text messages. Thats all.

It wasn’t easy. I felt quite desoriented first couple of weeks. Re-learning how to deal without it.

But it is doable. I have been using my Nokia for approximately two months now. I feel more confident and less distracted. I have more time for my own thoughts. More time to read books. When I want to be on the internet, I turn on my laptop and I do what I want to do.

What helped me was the awereness that I am not the only one who switched to dumphone for exactly same reasons. There is tons of articles and videos when I searched the internet for “Why I switched to dumb phone”.

This video summs it up: Generation of idiots . Or this acticle Why a dumb phone is a smart move is also nicely written.

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(c) Pavel P.

Flickr downloading problems

I wanted to back up my photos, that I have on Flickr. It is over 3000 files. I made decision to do so just a day before Flickr – SmugMug wedding. Unfortunately, what worked before announcement, does not work now. I am unable to download my photos from Flickr. I have been trying it for past three days. Hours of waiting always end up with error message. Obviously, lots of people has same idea. Thousands of Flickr users started backing up and system is down. Will see. Maybe it will be easier to back up later.

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Winter industrial-scape, Ostrava, 15.2.2018. In the distance a former coal mine Ignác (Jan Šverma).

© Pavel P.

 

I deactivated my Facebook account.

I have recently deactivated (not deleted) my two Facebook accounts. It just made me spend there too much time. It is too addictive. I feel it is not easy to leave Facebook once it became a part of everyday life. But the reason of this step reason goes deeper.

It is the philosophy and substance of this service. People would go there from many reasons. To see what other people are going. Or to share what they are doing. All is accompanied with that damn “Like” – success benchmark – how to describe it anyway? .

All together by spending time on Facebook I consumed heaps of unnecessary information about lots of people. Many times information was very interesting. Or very amazing. Or surprising. Getting all the updates and highlights from “friends” lives. People like gossip and Facebook is a place where you get them easily. As much as you wish. People share them voluntarily.

But people on Facebook – “Friends” – are people that in 99 % I haven’t met in past 10 or 20 years in person. So, why should I read about everyday update from their life? I decided not to be part of it. I will not know where everybody was on vacation, newborns of all schoolmates etc. But do I need to know? This Facebook changed the society so deeply and so fast. I am too conservative? Old fashioned? What will happen with Facebook in 5 or 10 years? Will this octopus fall apart? Or is it too grown through the society? My guess is, that one day this platform will be abandoned. That people will have enough of this type of communication and online life. Perhaps, it will be abandoned for more private type of communication. Maybe I am wrong. Who knows.

I know –  I deactivated –  is not same as if I wrote “I deleted my Facebook”. It is part of this addiction. About difficulty to leave. Erase all contacts in one click feels had to do. What if I need to get in touch with somebody? Two weeks ago, some guy who does not use Facebook said on TV: “By not using Facebook, I feel as I was excommunicated”. Because everybody uses it, it is very complicated not to be there.

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Landscape with sand and bits of snow. Ostrava, 18.2.2018

© Pavel P.