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Blog: No signal! What bliss it would be!

IS it just me, or should teenagers be allowed to send and receive text messages into the early hours of the morning?

My husband thinks it’s fine – “she’s 17, that’s what they do”, he says. I don’t agree. Result: major row that spilled over from my daughter’s bedroom to the drive outside, when she grabbed my car keys and locked herself in my car.

“I’ll give you the keys when you give me back my phone!” she screamed. I’m surprised my neighbours, for all their tolerance over years of flare-ups, didn’t call the noise police.

Modern technology is playing an increasing role in family discord, a survey has revealed, with mobile phone bills and unmonitored internet use among the top ten causes of conflict in families.

I’ll say. It is responsible for around 80 per cent of rows in our house. Most centre around incessant texting, particularly when we are watching TV. I find the constant jabbing and buzzing irritating to say the least.

Texting well into the night is another bugbear. It’s been proven that having such devices beside you at night deprives people of sleep and can lead to anxiety and even mental illness. But whatever I say falls on deaf ears.

I mourn the days when I could put my daughters to bed and look in 20 minutes later to find them fast asleep. Now they go to bed at 10.30 or 11pm, the eldest half way into a nine-hour text fest.

I don’t have a problem with bills as both my children are on pay-as-you-go – but that causes discord. “All my friends are on contract, and their parents pay,” one keeps reminding us.

Excessive internet use is up there in the top ten family arguments. In our house, the internet also causes friction, though it’s more about failing to turn off the wireless device at the end of the day.

British families argue at least four times a week over trivial things, that turn into major rows. Age-old problems such as washing-up feature on the list too. No matter how many lectures my husband and I give our daughters, we still come from work at 7.30pm to find dirty breakfast, lunch and tea bowls.

Housework and laundry is another cause of arguments.

But rows over modern technology are more explosive than any others. So much so that I’m thinking of moving to somewhere with no signal.

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1:52pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm more of a man with a middle than a man with a mission but it seems to me we should be falling in love into the early hours not just teenagers. Waking up together and going to sleep together with or without technology won't change the fact that we are all looking for love. Did you know the average person wakes up 25,500 times and goes to sleep 25,500 times in one day. Everyone is looking for the same Timeless thing and whether it is orange, green, blue technology we are interacting on the sofa with there is nothing more modern in existence, or anywhere in Argos, that will alter the need for someone to fall in love with someone, somewhere.


Even in the time it has taken you to read this comment, just as you are reading this, someone, somewhere, has just fallen in love.
I'm more of a man with a middle than a man with a mission but it seems to me we should be falling in love into the early hours not just teenagers. Waking up together and going to sleep together with or without technology won't change the fact that we are all looking for love. Did you know the average person wakes up 25,500 times and goes to sleep 25,500 times in one day. Everyone is looking for the same Timeless thing and whether it is orange, green, blue technology we are interacting on the sofa with there is nothing more modern in existence, or anywhere in Argos, that will alter the need for someone to fall in love with someone, somewhere. Even in the time it has taken you to read this comment, just as you are reading this, someone, somewhere, has just fallen in love. Ken Shuffles
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1:53pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

The Timeless signals, are always the ones to watch out for.
The Timeless signals, are always the ones to watch out for. Ken Shuffles
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2:47pm Tue 20 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Do you want my address ?
Do you want my address ? Ken Shuffles
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12:31pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm thinking of moving in with you.
I'm thinking of moving in with you. Ken Shuffles
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4:43pm Thu 22 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I would be very thankful to know what you think about that Helen.
I would be very thankful to know what you think about that Helen. Ken Shuffles
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4:49pm Thu 22 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

0771 688 4777
0771 688 4777 Ken Shuffles
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3:11pm Sun 25 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

The sexiest ever woman ever is what you are.
The sexiest ever woman ever is what you are. Ken Shuffles
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2:29pm Mon 26 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I go into charity shops all the time and although some of the menswear can be a bit crusty, it would take a lot more than just smelling of we to stop me kissing you. I don't think any amount of charity could stop me doing that.

Currently sat on bench outside Next with me free wi fi thingy.
I go into charity shops all the time and although some of the menswear can be a bit crusty, it would take a lot more than just smelling of we to stop me kissing you. I don't think any amount of charity could stop me doing that. Currently sat on bench outside Next with me free wi fi thingy. Ken Shuffles
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3:16pm Wed 28 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

seventy-six atholl crescent.
seventy-six atholl crescent. Ken Shuffles
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10:58am Thu 29 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You are still the only woman there has ever been for me. You are more precious to me than any other woman I have ever met or will ever meet. You are my ultimate woman, the only one for me and I still need you. I can't really be me without you. I am not complete without you. Being with you is all that matters in this entire world. There is simply no other woman on Earth as beautiful as you are. No other woman as dazzling as you are or anything like as intelligent as you are. I fell in love with you that incredible day in Jeans cafe the moment I saw you. Nothing has changed for me. I love you.
You are still the only woman there has ever been for me. You are more precious to me than any other woman I have ever met or will ever meet. You are my ultimate woman, the only one for me and I still need you. I can't really be me without you. I am not complete without you. Being with you is all that matters in this entire world. There is simply no other woman on Earth as beautiful as you are. No other woman as dazzling as you are or anything like as intelligent as you are. I fell in love with you that incredible day in Jeans cafe the moment I saw you. Nothing has changed for me. I love you. Ken Shuffles
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1:39pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

All I want to do is be with you and never leave you.
All I want to do is be with you and never leave you. Ken Shuffles
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1:47pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Meet me tomorrow.
Meet me tomorrow. Ken Shuffles
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1:54pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

At the station and keep your wig on.
At the station and keep your wig on. Ken Shuffles
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4:34pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You probably think I'm a crackpot and I don't even care what I think. Whatever, I'm going to be taking my time with you from now on starting with a wavy station coffee, and a tomorrow you just can't say no to.
You probably think I'm a crackpot and I don't even care what I think. Whatever, I'm going to be taking my time with you from now on starting with a wavy station coffee, and a tomorrow you just can't say no to. Ken Shuffles
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4:40pm Thu 29 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You might feel like you don't belong to anyone else.
You might feel like you don't belong to anyone else. Ken Shuffles
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10:51am Fri 30 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Time is a bloody blinking pest and won't play ball with me today. Have to be monday lazy afternoon knocking at yours if you can wait till then xkxixsxsxexsxdxexexp
xlxyx
Time is a bloody blinking pest and won't play ball with me today. Have to be monday lazy afternoon knocking at yours if you can wait till then xkxixsxsxexsxdxexexp xlxyx Ken Shuffles
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10:58am Fri 30 Aug 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Should be at yours around 3pm monday via haymarket.
Should be at yours around 3pm monday via haymarket. Ken Shuffles
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5:21pm Mon 2 Sep 13

gjmrover57 says...

Are you allowed to get away with this?
Are you allowed to get away with this? gjmrover57
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