I should not be allowed to have any kind of ability to message memes or GIFs to other people on my contact list. It can easily get out of hand and I will substitute actual words for a video clip. It’s like Apple decided I shouldn’t speak, but allow others to do the talking for me, so they give me all of these options of random celebrities doing awesome facial expressions like rolling their eyes or sticking out their tongues or giving people the finger…you know, stuff I do all of the time, only now I can get Beyonce to do it for me! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! I can be Beyonce without actually being Beyonce.
Conversation has taken a back seat to Justin Timberlake dancing or a random actor rolling their eyes or even Prince looking bored and uninterested. If my kids ask me a question, they brace themselves waiting to see if I respond with actual words, or a short vid of Honey Boo Boo dancing like a maniac.
Apple has made it so easy for me to basically dumb down any communication to a glib video response instead of a long drawn out ‘okay’ or ‘Thanks for letting me know’ or the ever popular ‘WTF?!’ Now all I need is a search term and a little patience to scroll through all the video clips, then pick the best one and voila! My answer to the question of ‘what’s for dinner?’ ‘Did you remember to pick up Son?’ or ‘I got an A on my paper!’ is as easy as typing ‘dinner’ and I get clips of food and people eating food and sarcastic memes about food, all at my fingertips waiting for me to push send. The possibilities are as endless as the videos and when I run out of them, I simply type in another search term and BAM, more choices to be sarcastic without even typing a single word! APPLE FINALLY GETS ME.
There is a downside to my laziness…the written/spoken word is diminishing before my eyes and I’m unwittingly supporting it. I’m a major contributor to the degradation of society by allowing myself to fall victim to the temptation of random video responses! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?!
I know what’s wrong with me.
It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s engaging. It’s smartassiness at its finest and I FUCKING LOVE IT.
I enjoy the search for the videos and the reactions I get when I send them. I like seeing the funny face or the OMG STOP IT, from my kids or my friends who I bother at work…or in the middle of the night. You can even do it while you’re drunk, and people will just think you’re being a smartass. Not that I’ve ever done that, before. I think I should actually text words a little more often. Everyone may be expecting a video response every time they message me, so they’ll stop messaging me and then they’ll stop speaking to me. Pretty soon, they won’t even want to text or talk or anything! I WILL LOSE ALL COMMUNICTATION WITH MY CHILDREN AND MY FRIENDS ALL BECAUSE TAYLOR SWIFT HAS A BETTER EYE ROLL THAN ME! SOCIETY WILL COME TO SCREECHING HALT AND CONVERSATION WILL BE OBLITERATED IN THE FAVOUR OF A BEYONCE HAIR FLIP! EVERYBODY WILL THINK I’M A WICKED SMARTASS BECAUSE OF THE FLIPPANT VIDEOS DRIPPING WITH SARCASM AND SASSINESS!
Now, I’m not only the worst conversationalist ever, I’m the BEST smartass ever.
Way to go Apple. YOU JUST MADE MY LIFE.