Episode 11 – Monday, August 3rd, 2015 (6789)
It’s August, and time is so fast because it’s only five months left before the year 2015 ends! I’m so excited for Christmas (although it’s more than 100 days to go), but I’m still sad for unexpected break-up happened nearly 40 days causing the “death” of my long distance relationship. But anyway, last month, it was still fresh from the break-up that caused me so depressed even thru text communication with someone.
This is so important to communicate with someone either thru personal or thru messages such as text, Facebook or Skype. But for me, the most important for having communication with someone is thru text message while I’m at home or at work.
During the first half of 2015, I chatted with some of my friends (including my girlfriend during that time) thru text messages (or literally called Short Message Service (SMS)). According to my database, there were more than 3,500 text messages that I received from them and sent to them from January to June. (Note: these are NOT included inspiring, funny or spiritual text quotes and “annoying” text messages especially from my former “mentors”) But in July 2015, my text communication with someone was a great decline!
I present the chart above (on Chart 11-1) that the highest peak was on September 2014 where I had more than 900 text messages received and sent until it was sharply declined in the next three months. But it was climbed after New Year 2015 until dropping again. From the total of 450 text messages in June, it was sharply dropped by 96% in July after I received only 10 text messages from few of my friends in a total of only 17. This was because of changing my (Smart) mobile number that I don’t want to receive any “annoying” text messages (mostly from my former “mentor” worked in Makati and “too pride” friend from HOT Team) and right after the break-up of my long distance relationship with my girlfriend causing no longer to communicate between us.
In Chart 11-2, the average of receiving and sending text messages (SMS) from my phone per day within a month was dropped from 15.00 SMS per day from June to only 0.55 SMS per day in July. The data of text messages from July 2015 was the lowest since I started to save text messages from my phone into a database in 2009.
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Text Communicating with My Textmate/Girlfriend
Before we strangely met thru text in 2011, I had never had any textmate to communicate thru text messages because I didn’t want to have a friend from unknown. A friend with most text messages that we communicated was my former college classmate and closest ally, Anna Blecille Soria. I only trusted her as my closest ally every time when I had problems in life especially my family at home during that time. However, when I received a wrong text message from unknown, I started to communicate with that person, and the rest was history when we eventually became textmates later sweethearts as she had the most text messages that we communicated.
I present the chart above (Chart 11-3) that my text communication with my textmate later girlfriend (or long distance girlfriend, LDGF) was existed from the day when we started to interact and lasted for four years that we eventually became lovers until we disbanded our long distance relationship (LDR) in June 25th. The chart shows in the beginning of 2011 that we started to communicate thru text slowly until we reached the highest peak in August 2011 (the time when we temporarily halted our communication for having some problems between us). We remained our text communication stable until it boomed in March 2012, the time when I started to court her thru text. In June 2012, the month when my textmate became my girlfriend (LDGF) after she answered my courtship, we reached the new record that we had more than 1,800 SMS (with more than 900 SMS that I received from her) within a month. During the first few months of being LDR, our text messages went ups and downs (with the highest peak was in February 2013, our first ever Valentine’s) until dropped in the last two years of LDR with we reached over 700 SMS thrice.
In the next chart below (Chart 11-4), I present the average text messages per day within a month and overall SMS in our lifetime from 2011-2015.
In our lifetime in receiving and sending text messages, we had the average of 17.54 SMS per day from February 1, 2011 to June 25, 2015. We had our highest peak with 60.97 SMS per day during June 2012 (we became lovers) and 58.96 SMS per day in February 2013 (our first Valentine’s).
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LDGF in Comparison with My Friends
As what I mentioned earlier, my LDGF (formerly my textmate) had become my girl with most text messages that we interacted (of course, because she was my girlfriend). I didn’t count or summarize the data of text messages from 2011 to 2013 because I’ll need to fix that for some errors. But I show the two charts below:
In 2014, my LDGF had the most text messages that I received with almost 57% over my former college classmate with 14% of SMS that I received. In 2015, she had a big lead with almost four-fifths of all of my friends combined with accumulating less than only 25%, but the data was from January to June only, the time when I and my LDGF were still in relationship and before I decided to deactivate my (Smart) mobile number because, again, I don’t want to receive “annoying” text messages from some people that I don’t like.
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For the first time since January 2011, I didn’t receive text messages in a month of July from any unknown stranger who wanted me to be textmates. My Feast friends – April Rose (Gee) Ebalde, Lanie Garcia and Sister Tess of Media Ministry and my boss in San Pedro were my only friends to send their text messages to me in my new mobile number.
It’s so sad for me, but it’s not my fault for changing my mobile number, to have few of my friends communicating me thru text although I had a lot of friends in Facebook but only few have mobile contacts to me. I had some of my friends who had interacted me thru my old (Smart) mobile number, but some of them had their “annoying” text messages that I don’t like to receive because they seemed as makulit at paulit-ulit, yung isa naman inaannounce pa sa’kin sa text na kinocongratulate nya yung mga kasama nya na eh bakit pa tinext pa rin nya ako kahit hindi naman nya binanggit name ko sa kinocongratulate nya. There was the last time that I received a text message from my former college classmate stating his apology for not paying his debts to me for a long time after our Hong Kong trip last year. Kapal talaga mukha nya pagkatapos nya ako utangin saka siya naalala yung utang sa mahabang panahon! Kaya ina-unfriend ko sya sa Facebook dahil maraming hindi ko nagustuhan sa kanya gaya nang pagiging late, utos nang utos sa’kin tapos yung mga naprint ko na papers di naman nya binayaran at kung anu-ano pa! (That’s why I decided to unfriend him in my Facebook because I don’t like his attitude like being late, always commanding me to do his things like printings that I cost that he didn’t pay for them and others!) Gosh! I have no longer to communicate with him ANYMORE!!!
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You’ve noticed or thought that I’m too crazy why I need to count these text messages from my phone. Actually, I didn’t count these plenty of text messages from my friends. In 2009, I found an application that it could save text messages from my phone. And because I loved writing my diary during that time, I decided to save all of my text messages from my old Nokia phone. In 2013, I bought an Android phone and found an application for easy use to save my text messages in a more convenient way (just like organizing data). Unlike an application on my old Nokia phone where it cost me more time to organize and to fix, this Android application could save text messages thru Microsoft Excel where I easily organize to find recipients. Last month, I found the easiest way to save all of my text messages prior November 2013 from my old Nokia phone. Thanks from what I had learned from my former job in Mandaluyong, I transferred the data from the notepad to Microsoft Word then fixed (removing tags, too much spaces, etc.) before copying them into the database in Excel then fixed again (removing very long quotes) into perfection.
Although it has not yet been 100% complete in my database (I’ve not yet included most of my text messages, for now, from 2009 and 2010), it is more important for me to save these text messages that we communicated from my phone as what I’m recording my diary. Because of these, I really, really want to thank someone who developed these kinds of applications (including an app for my present phone called SMS to Text) for my past and present use of mobile phones.