Not a real word, by the way. But if “bootylicious” can make the dictionary, then so should this mofo.
What’s the deal with everyone’s smartphone obsession? I was waiting for my eye exam earlier, and a quick glance around the waiting room looked like we were at church during prayer rather than waiting to get our eyes checked. Every single person had their heads bent down, hands messing about with their fancy pieces of technology. Maybe if their eyes weren’t so often focused on that bright little screen (or big screen, for all the tablet/Galaxy users), they wouldn’t be waiting to get their eyes sorted out. Just a thought.
Anyway, so they were all texting. Save for one woman. She was using hers to hold a conversation. I was the odd one out, being the only one without a smartphone in hand. I had my phone on me, but I was too lost in thought about things to play around on it. But then I started to feel funny about being the only one not texting or begging for Candy Crush tickets, whatever those even are. So…I pulled my phone out.
I felt as though I was going against the social norm by simply…sitting there. It’s pretty common though, isn’t it? People’s eyes glued to their devices at all times. I recall being out for a meal with friends in England one afternoon. I’d had trouble getting my American phone working with an English sim card, and Skype worked just fine on my phone’s WiFi, so I never really used my phone the 5 months I was there as a visitor, except to call my family back home. I quite enjoyed the break from constantly being attached to the thing, because yes, I used to be one of them. So, I just sat there, phone-less, as was the norm for me.
Waiting for our food, the three of them were “bowed in prayer” over their phones (not sure what a phone prayer to the Gadget God would consist of, actually…”Please, almighty phone-ly father, please let that last Instagram go through. My followers absolutely need to know about the delicious meal my hubby just made me, it would make their day if they could just see this filtered foody goodness oh please Lord….” I digress.). I just sat staring at them until I asked if anyone wanted to actually communicate with any of the lovely people sat at the table.
I mean, was that rude of me? Or are people in such situations rude? Or, since it’s pretty much accepted behavior now, does that mean traditional manners go out the window and it’s totally cool to ignore the person sat next to you who’s taken time from their busy schedule to be in your presence, just so you can tweet to the world about what you’re not actually doing, because you’re too busy tweeting about it to, you know…do it? Has this new addiction replaced face-to-face interaction? I mean, why actually verbalize a thought to your buddy sat there on the bench when you can share it digitally with him/her and hundreds of others simultaneously, at the click of a button!?
I don’t know. I’m the last person who should be judging people’s social habits, anyway. I guess this is the new normal.