I feel almost sad that I stand up to our society today. I am referring to cell phones.
Yes, I do have a cell phone which is almost ten years old and doesn’t even take photos. It is terribly outdated but then, it is rarely on. I use it, only for outgoing calls. I don’t want to be a slave to the telephone. I don’t want it going off during class. I don’t want my real-life conversations interrupted. I, even want to get through this post without interruption.
I see the value of being able to be reached, at any moment, and I certainly understand the value of making phone calls, whenever necessary. While the smart phone or whatever it is, people mostly use, certainly is considered progress, in a variety of ways, it is also, in my opinion, a detriment to society.
Is it right to use a cell at work? How much time do people spend on it, when they are supposed to be doing something else, they are being paid for?
Have you sat at a dinner in a restaurant or a party and looked around? What do you see? I was at an engagement party, the other day and I looked at the ten people, at my table, each either texting or checking the ding that just rang. While, they talk to those around them, their fingers work the buttons and they are simultaneously having another conversation, at your expense. Who are they really paying attention to? You? The person at the other end of the text message? No one?
It was a beautiful day and I took a walk and person after person, walking in the other direction, looked like they were muttering to themselves. No, they were talking to someone. Then, there was the couple, holding hands, walking along, each speaking to someone else, ignoring each other. How romantic.
How many people talk to each other, anymore? We have emails and texts…..no need for human conversation. Will our children be able to speak intelligently? They will know how to play games, send emails that look like this, “how r u? Want to c a movie? Meet u later.” No need to spell.
Driving while texting or even talking is a distraction and certainly dangerous to others. How many people do you know who text while they drive? It almost makes me want to stay off the road? Is it a lack of respect for human life to be so glib about driving?
Are we going forward or backward?
Let me end my rant by telling you that I did not write this to insult anyone or reprimand you. This is a pet peeve of mine and I would like to know, if others feel this way. I would also like to know, how to handle a person you are speaking with, who is taking call after call and texting, while you attempt to impart information?
Final questions……do we really have that much important material to convey? What are people talking about? Is it important?