Note to self: do not pick spots while on the phone

Note to self: do not pick spots while on the phone

Um, what? Why? Didn’t you tell us not to pick spots anyway?

You’re right. You shouldn’t pick your spots. (Try one of the many fine spot clearing aids that are up for this year’s Best New Spot Treatment Glosscar instead – they’re far less messy and retaliatory breakouts are slim to zero.) But if you do still insist on picking, just make sure you’re not on your mobile phone. Why? Well, because of Latitude (a fancy pants iGen software that basically means Google / your mother can stalk you – and you just know she’ll agree about the spots) that’s why.

The new software that launched last week enables people with mobile phones and other wireless devices (so everyone then) to automatically share their whereabouts with family and friends. It’s an expansion of a tool that Google launched in 2007 that allowed mobile users to check their own location on a Google map with the simple press of a button. The new supped up version is meant to add “social flavour” to Goggle maps and make it more fun. Hmmmm. I’m not convinced.

I mean, I’m all for the expansion of technology. I work for a website, I Twitter, I give myself virtual makeovers almost daily (try it, it’s addictive:, I bank online (though I suppose that’s more to do with me being able to blame tardy rental payments on “technical issues”, not that I’ve ever done that of course) but my bugbear is this: how many times have you been on the phone while a) tweezing out an ingrown hair, b) lying about how ready you are or c) picking something out of your teeth? (I’m hoping you’re saying once to at least one of these so I don’t look like some kind of oddball.) I don’t know about you, but I don’t want these rights of passage taken away from me. So Mum, if you’re reading this, you’ll forgive me for having my Latitude button set firmly to off. If you want me, tough bananas, spot squeezing and tooth picking come first.

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