The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) says intensifying power outages will save a lot of relationships after a new survey revealed a third of relationships have been pushed to the brink by spouses who spend a lot of their time on Facebook, Whatsapp and other social networking platforms.
Officials of ECG were reacting to complains from angry customers who have been forced to spend today’s Eid-ul-Fitr holiday without electricity. An official explained that today’s widespread power outage is a deliberate exercise to encourage Ghanaians to spend some quality time with their spouses and other family members. He lamented “that once-common conversations in bed have been replaced with endless scrolling through social media apps.”
“How many times have you seen couples sitting together while one or both of them have their head buried in their phone? These things are killing relationships and ECG is determined to use dumsor to force such spouses to get off their smartphones.”
“When we dum your lights, you’ll have no TV, no wifi and your phone’s battery will soon run out so you’ll be left with no other option than to spend some quality time actually chatting with your spouse or playing with your children.”
“On a public holiday like this, your husband or wife might just want to relax with you and unplug but that might not happen because you’re too busy on updating your Facebook status or uploading a selfie on Instagram.”
The official hinted that ECG may be forced to impose a statutory nationwide blackout every public holiday to encourage quality face-to-face interactions in Ghanaian homes.