The thought police are upon us.
I had an idea for a post and was trying to think up a title. Would I call it “Cutting Down” or “Cutting Back” or perhaps “Making the Cut.” In my own living room, with no one else at home, not speaking out loud, and not within range of any electronic device, I ruminated. I do not have a smartphone, and my flip-phone was in the other room.
Once I had more or less decided, I sat down at the computer to draft my post. As soon as I logged in, my home page immediately flashed a large ad for a nasty looking knife (“The best cutting tool in the world!”)
This is happening way too much these days. I can understand ads that pop up for products I may have perused online, and for those that I have already purchased. I can even understand such ads appearing if I bought the item in a brick-and-mortar store because I would have used my credit card, which, as everyone knows, is totally trackable.
I’ve heard stories of people who have conversations while carrying a smartphone, or within ear shot of a computer or smartphone, and then are deluged with ads for whatever item/sports team/restaurant/tourist attraction they had discussed. I’ve known people who received such ads in their home email after discussing something with a passenger in the car.
I’m beginning to seriously consider the theory that current electronic devices may have hidden recording devices managed by not-so-reputable people who then sell the data to marketers.
Not long ago, my husband perused an item online using his smartphone. He did this at work, miles away from home. It was my day off and later that afternoon, I logged into my personal email page from our home computer, and sure enough, there was an ad for the very item my husband had viewed. It was not an item I would ever be interested in, and hubby and I had never, ever discussed purchasing it. (I only knew about his search later that evening when I mentioned to him that for some reason my email account had an ad for [the item he had looked at].) He had not previously searched for the item from home. We have different email addresses. My husband’s smartphone is not connected to our computer’s internet system. Our computer and phones are with different providers using different internet systems. That incident was unnerving, to say the least.
But unspoken thoughts? That’s just too weird.
Maybe it’s just coincidence. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older[er] and maybe don’t have full control of my faculties any more. Maybe all those loose marbles are finding their way into other peoples’ heads and from there into the advertising world.
Maybe I’ll soon be receiving ads suggesting items more in line with my darker thoughts. Won’t that be fun?
So, you ask, why the dilemma over the title of this post? Were you thinking evil thoughts, CM?
No, I’m not turning bad. I’m merely cutting back (cutting down/making a cut) on my work hours. I am now working 3 days a week instead of 4. I was finding 4 days just a bit too much, but I can’t afford to retire completely, so 3 days seems like a good compromise.
Of course, the paycheck will now be based on only 3 days a week, but I’ve done the math and should bring home just enough to meet the monthly bills, and maybe still put a tiny bit into savings. I’m ok with that. Working 3 days and then having 4 days off should do wonders for my health and my attitude, wouldn’t you think?
I’ll let you know how that goes.
Meanwhile, may you all stay safe and healthy, and may Mother Nature be kind to you.
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