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The COVID-19 diaries: high dependency unit


How is all of your phone use going? I do think mine is exacerbated by the boyfriend situation. Also I have a few friends I check in on on a regular basis, and I have to talk to my family on Telegram, and my writing group on Whatsapp, and my work also on Whatsapp… then there’s my Instagram addiction. Beginning to blog again doesn’t help – I’ve got to check in to see if anyone has commented on my post and if I need to reply.

My phone exacerbates my bored restless ADD tendencies at the best of times. Often – ok, always – whilst drawing comics, I’ll have a phone break between drawing panels. There is no deep flow going on here. Although I do hope that the river runs deep and while my consciousness is a plastic bag in the wind, caught on tree branches and telephone wires, my subconsciousness is steady and sure… ha, I’m fooling myself.

Still, it seems like I have written hundreds and thousands of words in texts. People worried that phone use would spell the end of literacy but instead there’s been an explosion, be it sentences or the visual language of photos and video clips.

But yes, when all of this is over – please let it be over soon! – I am going to put my phone away for a bit and relish in talking face to face, nearer than two metres away, and I’m not going to be constantly reaching for it to check the time, my likes, the weather, the news, the latest meme… I am finally going to attain inner peace.

Ha, I’m fooling myself.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Butt permalink
    09/04/2020 10:45 am

    I love your stuff. Try using Siri if you have an iPhone – or the google alternative, to send texts, it feels better – it isn’t but who cares


    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      09/04/2020 12:10 pm

      Thanks! My siri often doesn’t recognise what I’m trying to say… not sure if I have the right accent!

  2. 09/04/2020 10:51 am

    If it wasn’t for our social media connections , we probably would be going completely mad. I think my screen time is also up and I am a luddite when it comes to social media. I haven’t even got my Facebook page working. Don’t really know how. Obviously I am well and truly a part of the ageing “boomer” generation


    • Sarah Laing permalink*
      09/04/2020 12:10 pm

      Get William to help you!

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