“But you’ve only just said goodbye”

 

My Mum would say this to me everyday when I got in from school and asked to phone my best friend.  I would always be told the same, “after 6 O’clock”.  If you were a teenager in the nineties you will totally get this.

You will also totally get how awesome it would have been to have a phone with a cord as long as the one in Roseanne,

Corded Phone

 

or to have a hamburger phone like they did in the diner on Home & Away.

Hamburger Phone

 

At 15 years of age my best friend and I thought it would be really cool if you could have a video phone, so you can see each other whilst you talk.  I mean it would be totally awesome, right?

Wrong.  Fast forward twenty plus (ouch) years and our dream is a reality thanks to web cams, Face Time and Skype.  Only my dream wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.  I no longer have the desire to show my best friend pictures of Mark Owen and River Phoenix.  At least not on a daily basis anyway.  The reality of a ‘video phone’ is plagued with problems.

 

This is why I hate Skype…

 

1 I don’t want to see my face

I have no problem with seeing yours, it’s lovely.  And whilst I don’t rate my face as my worst feature, I’m not used to seeing it when I’m having a conversation.  I find it really off-putting seeing my facial expressions as I talk.  I can’t concentrate on what you are saying because I’ve just realised I should have plucked my eyebrows, and If I can see that huge spot that’s appeared on my nose, I’m pretty sure you can.  And no mater how I position this bloody thing I look like I have a double chin.

 

2 I have to get dressed

When I talk on the phone I can be wearing my oldest comfiest PJ’s and you won’t know.  Hell I could talk to you in my birthday suit and you would be none the wiser.  But with Skype I have to do my hair and makeup and put something decent on.  Not for you, I know you don’t care what I look like, But I can see me, and it’s not doing my self esteem any good!  Getting a Skype call is like unexpected visitors turning up when the house is a mess and you’re in the middle of waxing your bikini line.

 

3 I can’t multi task

When I’m having a chat on the phone I can also check Facebook on my mobile.  I can have a TV program on in the background, I can be cooking dinner or shoving my gob full of Malteasers.  I can do all this and still give you my undivided attention.  But if I did any of that whilst Skyping I wouldn’t look like I was giving you my undivided attention.  And I’m pretty sure if you wanted to watch someone cook you would prefer Gino.

 

4 I can’t lounge on the sofa

I have to get set up somewhere where the camera can see me, and that invariably isn’t the horizontal position that I prefer when catching up with you on the phone.  And I have to sit really still otherwise I disappear from shot, give you a preview of what’s up my nose, or leave you staring at the top of my head.

 

5 I get camera shy

I can’t chat normally because I am very aware that I am on camera, so my conversation becomes stilted. I develop this fake laugh that makes me cringe, and my smile, far from being natural, instead ends up looking slightly demented.  It feels like I’m about to deliver a live news broadcast and the pressure is too much.  Turns out I’m a bit camera shy!

 

So there you have it.  My friend and I were wrong.  It’s not totally cool to have video phones. Can we go back to the old fashioned way please?

 

I know for many people Sykpe is a fantastic and cheap way of keeping in contact and bridging distances, but I can’t be the only one that would much rather chat on the phone, can I?

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28 Comments on 5 Reasons Why I Hate Skype

  1. I was a teenager in the 80’s (did I just admit that?), and I got exactly the same! Very enjoyable post, thanks for making me smile!

  2. I remember feeling this way about video calls, but as I live on the other side of the world to my family, it is a fantastic way to keep in touch. And, it turns out, the more you use it, the more confident you become. That spot on the end of your nose? You stop noticing it! I do still have occasional bursts of self-consciousness if I am talking to someone I don’t usually skype with, but I put that down to being socially awkward; I would feel that way talking to someone I don’t know well whether I am on the phone, or face-to-face!

    One of the best things about Skype? If I am looking particularly disheveled (the time difference makes it quite likely I have just woken up), I point the camera at my toddler!

  3. I always wanted one of those burger phones! 🙂 Also totally agree about Skype I hate talking to an image of myself it makes me so self conscious I forger what I’m saying ha! Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x

  4. The biggest danger is that they can see your face as you tell them how delighted you are that they called – and your face says you’er anything but! Or this could just be me and I’m a bad person

  5. I use skype quite a lot to keep in touch with friends and family back in the UK. It’s funny isn’t it, no matter how well you know the person you are skyping with you still feel that because you are talking with them face to face you should tidy yourself up before skyping. Strange, when most likely if its a very good friend or parent etc, they’ve probably already seen you looking at your worst! I think possibly it’s because I have to look at myself! And completely with you on the multi-tasking. It’s hard to just sit and do only one thing when you are a busy mum! Saying that I do love being able to see them as I talk to them. Maybe I should just turn my video off so they can’t see me and what I’m doing!

  6. Ha ha we do use Skype as we live abroad plus a lot of our friends live in other countries. But you do have a good point! My family were trying to skype all last week as 2 of my kids had birthdays but I couldn’t as it was not surprisingly an insanely busy week. But I think subconsciously I was avoiding it anyway as I look so haggard and exhausted due to stuff going on at the moment! Then she unexpectedly facetimed me yesterday from India WITH one of my relatives; I swear I nearly shrieked when I caught sight of myself on the reverse camera thingy. So maybe video calling ain’t all that cool! #effitfriday

  7. I remember begging for a phone in my room when I was younger. Absolutely begging (and being refused) these days I am all about Skype. It’s the easiest way being an expat but I only call people who are prepared to be abandoned or taken on a walk by the Toddler. Mainly my mum…..

  8. I couldn’t agree more! We are around the same age judging from this post and you just perfectly described how as teens, me and my friends loved the concept of video calling. Now, like you, I hate it for all the same reasons. I would cope much better without the thumbnail of me in the corner. For this reason alone, I refuse to even install it! #effitfriday
    Debbie

  9. Yes, I don’t like seeing my face. &, in fact, I never thought the idea sounded good – I never wanted to have or use any video calling. But we do use skype and facetime now for the kids to see family as we don’t live near any family. It is good for that, and Toddler loves it, but I still don’t like it for myself. #fridayfrolics

  10. Great post! I totally remember having to wait till after 6pm to make a call. We did have one of those extra long phone cords and by the end of a call I had usually got all tangled up. Multi tasking definitely goes out the window, giggles about stuffing in maltesers *snap! #FridayFrolics

  11. Yes this. This is exactly why I haven’t got skype on any of my devices and don’t plan too. When my husband phones me from work I couldn’t pretend I was hard at work doing the ironing when I was really having a nap if he could see me. It would ruin the illusion! #thelist

  12. I’m so with you on this – the good thing about the phone is I can be in bed and nobody would know any different. Skype means I have to act like a functioning adult and put on make up and all manner of other time consuming things… 🙂 #fridayfrolics

  13. Oh my…the double chin thing! I’m glad I’m not alone!

    Living as an expat means Skype is really for me to keep in contact with family around the world, however I normally just keep the camera turned towards the baby. In fairness, that’s mainly who the grandparents want to see anyway 🙂

    #FridayFrolics

  14. This made me laugh. I wouldn’t use hate but I dislike it too. And I agree with every single point you made. I have to get my position sorted to alleviate the double chinage. I would add one thing to this list. Elderly parents on the other side who always take ages to connect or can’t get the camera on/sound on/themselves in the correct position so annoying!!! The major positive for hubby (Dutch and tight) is that it’s free so no internationally call fees. Great post as always X #picknmix

  15. I wholeheartedly agree and I’m glad to hear from someone else who hates Skype. My inlaws live on the other side of the world and my husband has commented a couple of times about my convenient need to have a shower/tackle some chore/be otherwise engaged when they catch up. I thought it was just an irrational quirk of my own, you’ve helped me feel normal again, hahaha!

  16. Oh yes I am so with you – it was Facetime for me. I don’t have it anymore as I left Apple behind ad it did get me through some very long week’s away from Zach but I hated that I had to look at myself on the screen! Especially when it was first thing in the morning when I was in the US! Love this post! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  17. I think I must be a slob as I don’t care. I skype in PJs with messy hair and no make-up. I think my family and friends prob have seen me in the morning so it’s not too bad. I was one of those who called my mates immediately after 6pm too though but I think it would have been cool to see each other as well. xx #thetruthabout

  18. I was a teenager in the 80s Claire but I felt exactly the same – getting on the phone the second I’d walked in from school, being envious of the super long cord on Roseanne and lusting after the burger phone in home and away! I have to admit I’ve never really used Skype although I’ve got the facility, but I can see exactly what you’re saying – it is fraught with inconvenience!! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout

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