Let's be clear: I just got this phone. I didn't want to get a new phone. I was perfectly happy with the old Samsung I had for two and a half years before that. It was a good phone, until I wore out the battery and it couldn't be replaced. My old phone never ran out of storage. But my new phone, which is supposed to be so much better and cooler than my old phone, ran out of storage within three months, to the point that it couldn't transact something as simple as a text message. Are you kidding me?
My husband assured me I just had to go buy a memory card to put in my phone, no big deal. This was helpful information; I was at my wits' end trying to figure out what else I could do with my useless phone. So, fine. The solution is not the problem. The problem is that we, like millions of other people, are paying a gross amount of money to a cellular company that epitomizes greed and consumerism and is increasingly monopolizing our lives, forcing us into upgrades, payment plans, extra fees, and services we don't want or need. Now, on top of that, the stupid phone sold to me isn't even capable of its most basic function of sending and receiving communications between human beings.
So not only did I waste an evening last week messing with my stupid phone, but let's not forget, there's still someone out there who texted me that night and has not received a response. Someone out there can only assume I'm ignoring them, just because I'm trapped in a consumer cycle of buying things that require me to buy more things in order to use my things.
Today, over lunch, I went and bought the memory card. Fine. Another $30 into my phone; a lunch break wasted moving more files from Point A to Point B; more hours of my work life spent earning money to pay for something I didn't want to buy. Petty complaints, you say? Darn right. That's exactly why it frustrates me so much—and disturbs me so much. Because the answer our consumer culture gives us is that it's no big deal... everybody else has to deal with it, too... just go with the flow. And that's exactly how we go on selling our souls for our things, one thing at a time.