Monday, Monday. Facebook down. What’s App not working. Didn’t bother checking Instagram.
It certainly made for a quieter day. No constant pings and dings of notifications on my phone. I actually spent very little time on my phone.
Here in Mexico What’s App is a lifeline to many. I’ve met a lot of people who just put 50 pesos at a time on their phone. They don’t have a phone plan like I do.
For 200 pesos a month, less than $10 US, I have unlimited talking and texting as well as long distance to the USA and Canada. Some data is included ans all social media is also free.
Without a phone plan, What’s App that runs off WiFi is free, so that is a very popular option for those who do not have a plan.
Therefore a lot of people were impacted when everything went down on Monday. Their pesos on their phones would not stretch quite as far.
I find it interesting that phone plans here are so reasonably priced. In the USA a similar plan with AT&T costs me $40. Canada was even more expensive the last time I was there.
While buying cell phones is far more expensive in Mexico, using them is definitely much more affordable here.
Social distancing. Physical distancing. Self-isolating. Self-quarantine. Common buzz words we all live with today.
I’m a people person. I like to be with people. I like to do things with people. I like to go places with people. I like to wander in and out of shops conversing with the locals.
Here I am in Mexico in the mist of this COVID-19 madness where I spend most of the time by myself. And my virtual world has become more important lately.
I confess I spend much less time on Facebook. Too much negativity and misinformation. However I do share my blog posts every other day. And I respond to private messages. But when I want the facts about the virus I check the Mayo Clinic website. I also participate in discussion groups on this site too.
On Sundays I no longer go to church. Instead I tune in online to Church of the Rock in Winnipeg.
And new this past week…. Pastor Kent of Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene is offering an online Bible study on Wednesdays. And I have partnered with my friend Becky in Indiana to further discuss what is presented each week.
And then there is What’s App, Instagram and Twitter. But I refuse to Zoom.
I do try to limit my time in this virtual world. I have my writing, coloring and daily walks to occupy my time. I also spend much more time on the phone with friends. I was even interviewed by a Winnipeg Free Press journalist on the phone a couple of weeks back.
But I miss the in-person contact. I wonder how much longer I will have to just be content with only my virtual world.