Earlier this week, I was on campus at my alma mata and went to use the ladies room. I walked in to hear a young lady using the toilet while still talking on the phone. I could hear both ends of the conversation as the phone volume must have been set to high, which was far more than I needed to experience while peeing. As I hurried to finish, I heard the young lady put the person on hold; presumably to wipe herself and then continue the conversation.
As luck would have it, she and I came out of the stalls at the same time and she was still talking as she washed her hands and then make her exit; I just looked at her and shook my head. C’mon girl! From what I heard of the conversation, it could have certainly waited until she was done her business and then called her friend back. And to make matters worse, the conversation wasn’t anything that one could consider an emergency, so why could she not have waited? Where are we going as a society when we can’t disengage for a couple of minutes to handle natures business? The more I see people on cell phones, the more annoyed I get.
I’ve been forced to weave and dodge to get around a people on the street, in the store, or almost anywhere in public, they walk and text. I’ve overheard way too many conversations because people insist in speaking really loud as if the person on the other end is deaf.
My Love told me that while on travel, one of his co-workers walked into freshly laid cement because he was so busy texting and didn’t see the sign and subsequent cordoned off area of the fresh cement. Needless to say, his shoes were ruined, he pissed off the masons, and was the laughing-stock of the group for the rest of the day.
I see groups of people out in public places where one would think the immediate social interaction would suffice, but no, they’re all on their phones. It leads me to wonder why they even bothered to go out in the first place. It seems like with all the engagement of social media, people are becoming more and more disengaged, which is pretty sad. When I’m out with friends, I rarely ever pull my phone out and I make an issue if someone else does. We’re supposed to be sharing time together; with each other, so there should be no need to include our respective phones.
In addition to my annoyance, with the lack of limitations of where people are using their phones, I take offense when people text instead of calling. I understand that sometimes texting is the best source of communicating with someone at certain times, but I refuse to have in-depth conversations with people via text. Those conversations need to be voice-to-voice or face-to-face. Text don’t talk and I’m not going to keep using emoti-speak to convey my emotions or have to wait to continue to conversation on account of overlapping messages.
There’s a time and place for everything, but it seems like real communication has become a lost art. Penmanship has gone to hell because we type so much. Vocabulary is not fully used or mastered because everyone abbreviations, which couple with bad spelling is a nightmare to read. Many have real conversations that include emoti-speak, which drives me quite mad. And worst of all, people have simply just lost the ability to speak and interact face-to-face. We can’t have closeness; real closeness, if we’re so disconnected.
This weekend, I challenge each of you to give up your cell phones for as long as possible and interact fully and wholly with other people. Try to keep the use of your phones to the bare minimum and then let me know how it went. I’ll do the same.
Truth be told, I play games on my phone more than I do anything else…hehe! 😉
Have a great weekend.
Live the life you love; love the life you live!