We are part of the digital world. It seemed to hit us in a wave, and the wave has grown to tsunami proportions and continues to do so. Why? Well it works. You can be reunited with long lost friends, lovers, business acquaintances, you can make new connections by scrolling through other’s friend lists. We are constantly reminded how fabulous the fabulous people are, because they post stunning pictures up and let you know exactly where in the world they may be visiting or holidaying all the time. WhatsApp, similarly gives you instant messaging with photos, videos, as does iMessaging and I am sure many other platforms. Group chats are massive with multiple opinions being bandied around for hours and unless you remove yourself from the group, these messages keep buzzing late into all of our lives. Start up companies have great success in marketing their ideas instantly and spreading them like wildfire though all these mediums. I use them myself. They work.
Picture the hilarity of this. Precious is on a “Directors Chat,” an “Optometrist Chat,” a “Branch Chat” and somehow, I think a general “Staff Chat”. The phone buzzes and flashes late into the night and sometimes is buzzing before sunrise every day. Weekends are not necessarily exceptions. Not being particularly adept with the signature swipe to the right and a quick text, it is most often a very ponderous swipe and a slow, one figured response that seems to take forever to get through a simple, “Fine see you there at 9am”. For most parts, he did put his phone on silent as the onslaught was a tad hectic after hours, these are not brain surgeons after all and no one is going to die overnight.
So one night we were post supper and chatting. He had forgotten to turn his phone onto silent so it had been pinging very loudly for a while. When the last ping came through, he finally couldn’t resist it anymore so he pounced on the phone, large swipe to the right and before he knew it he had pressed play on the “Directors Chat” and the silent lounge suddenly became filled with the loud noise of steamy sex. “Mmmmm,” “Oh my god, Mmmmmmmm,” “Yes,” “Yes,””Yes”, “Mmmmmmmm”. His face had turned scarlet and the more he tried to silence the deluge of sex, the longer it seemed to go on.
“I suppose you’re cross now”
“Um no, I’m just really shattered that this is what you send on your work WhatsApps.”
“Don’t be silly. Boys will be boys. This is what we do”
Donald Trump managed to make his name jam the next day. Oh, and by the way…..she did eventually orgasm all by herself.