Yes, this is a rant about cell phones/smart phones! Rather..the inappropriate obsession with them. Hey, I like technology, and gadgets, and media as
much as the next guy or gal.
But what gets me is how stupid people become when they whip out their smart phones. Sure they can look up the latest news, movie showtimes, exotic
recipes, and any plethora of minutiae. In fact, many seem to do so even when it's not necessary in the scope of a conversation.
I am finding that people will jump to their smart phone in the middle of a conversation just to look up some trite detail that they picked out of what
I was trying to communicate to them. They remove their attention from the conversation just to look up trivia on the smart phone. Hey, I know people
can be boring to listen to sometimes and I'm no exception. Call me old-fashioned, but I think it's rude. I am the type who enjoys face-to-face
conversation with eye contact.
How many times have you gone out to a social atmosphere and saw a whole table of people clicking away at their smartphones; totally oblivious to the
people sitting right across from them? How many family Thanksgivings have you had where the kids are texting while the rest of us are holding hands
and saying grace?
You can call me a fuddy-duddy, but it drives me up the wall when people are playing with their phones in the middle of a classroom lecture, a dark
movie theater, or even a funeral. Some people just don't acknowledge that there is a time and place for everything; and these people have smart
phones. It is rude, tactless, and narcissistic.
So, why am I all bent out of shape with phones all of a sudden? Well, I was walking toward the exit of a grocery store earlier today and was about to
step into the automatic 'EXIT ONLY' door that opens from one side...and some dumb person walked into the exit door, bumping into me...you can guess
I'm not mad that I got bumped into, but because of the fact that their eyes were glued to their phone screen. Really, how much of a moron do you have
to be to just cruise all over town not watching where you're going?
Oh, but it isn't just walking through the grocery store. People not only do this while they are at stoplights, but while piloting a vehicle! (Yeah, I
know it's old news, but it still really ticks me off!!) I rode passenger with my cousin in his over-sized pickup truck and he pulled out his cell
phone while he was driving in the dark. I told him 2-3 times to put it away and pay attention. He insisted that he was an expert. I protested, I
begged..but he wouldn't stop.
He nearly plowed into a car from behind, and I believe he would have if I had not been there to warn him. What a completely unreliable #$%@! I will
never ride with him again. And not long after, he actually did cause a small fender bender due to his phone usage.
I have literally looked to the driver next to me on the freeway and seen them texting away with one hand on the wheel and no eyes on the road. I just
get the heck away from them.
I remember a time when the cell phone was something you had for emergencies. It was a convenient way to get a hold of people at a time when a phone
call could save the day. It allowed you to communicate important messages quickly.
But for some reason the text message got invented. And now we just send any little thought that pops into our heads and spills out onto our thumbs.
If you asked me, I would say the text message itself is a technological regression. Isn't it quicker, more convenient, and more personal just to call
someone and say what you need to say? What's next? video smoke signals? digital flag semaphore? Just call the person and talk to them! Use your voice!
Hear theirs! Stop distancing yourself from the people around you!
Oh, but the people who DO call have no phone call etiquette! The people that do call will do so at any hour of the day! Not to mention those pesky
telemarketers that call me every morning at 7:30 AM from a disguised number. And I hate those people that call at any hour because it's a direct line
that doesn't disturb the whole household. I had an ex-friend who did a little T&C violating and would accidentally dial my number (so he says) at
around 3-4AM every morning! I asked him repeatedly to take my number off his contact list to avoid this 'accidental dialing' he claimed he was doing.
He never did, of course.
And how about those people that call, don't leave a voice mail, assume you'll call them back because they figure you'll see you have a missed call
from them, don't call them back right away, and they call again...and again...and again, and then leave a voice mail saying "..trying to get a hold of
you. Call me back!"..as if that wasn't obvious from the get-go.
People, people...you can keep your smart phones, but please don't trade in your head for one. Don't be dumb with your smart phone.
There is a whole lot going on around us: interesting people, interesting things, sounds, smells, colors! There is no reason to have your smart phone
at the dinner table, at the theater, in the classroom, or at the wheel.
Lift your head up once in a while or you're going to miss the show.
Please share your dumb smart phone story here.
And if you're one of those dumb people--stay out of my way...I know you can't tell where you're walking or driving at any given time--but just stay
away from me.
edit on 3-2-2013 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)