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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Cell Phones and her



Does anybody else think this is just common sense? I refuse to have a meal with anybody constantly attached to their cell phone. Unless you are a doctor or first responder, ON CALL, there is no reason you can't disengage from a phone for about an hour.

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Person2
I took a girl out to dinner and she kept her cell phone in her hand the whole time we had dinner. She never used it, but she couldn't, or wouldn't, put it down. She ate and drank with one hand. Very odd. I cut our date short and took her worthless ssA home.

Person1
It's weird, isn't it? I remember a time when cell phones didn't exist and the only people with pagers were doctors and dealers. Now, I know people that can't afford to have their lights on, but they have their Blackberry paid up every month. It's unreal! We've become a world obsessed with telephones!

Person2
Yes, we are obsessed with cell phones. I'm not sure why that is. Maybe it's because we're social by nature, and this is just another avenue to do that perhaps.

IMO, cell phones are damaging the social structure of society, especially for the younger generation. At my job, no one talks on break anymore. Everyone is sitting in the break room on their phones either talking or playing games. People are going to start losing their ability to interact.

Person1
You are so right! I've met so many people that can't write a basic email or professional document without some kind of "text" style writing.

I've also noticed a HUGE shift in how we interact as a community. I remember being able to go to ANY neighbor's house after school (I was a latch-key kid) and any neighbor or their teenage daughter, if any, would come over if we were scared (ie. thunder and lightening or just didn't want to be alone). A guy on our block would fix all our bikes. A woman would bake something every day and share with all the kids. Another neighbor owned the corner candy store and would put on a fireworks show for the whole block every July 4th. We lived next door to her so we had "premium" spots on our porch. ;-) She would not let us buy candy before dinner time. lol

Comparitively, I have lived in this house for about 4 years and know four neighbors, only two by name. Nobody speaks or waves or even attempts to be "neighborly." We were in our last house for thirteen years and knew about four neighbors there as well. It's really odd how people don't "engage" any more and if you speak you get weird looks.

I read an article the other day about an elderly woman who was found living with her deceased husband's body in their bedroom. There were also two dead dogs in the home. A neighbor was quoted as saying "How tragic it was." I mean, you know you have an elderly neighbor. Why not knock on the door and check every now and then? I would NEVER ignore an elderly neighbor or someone I knew was injured or sick or needing help. They can always say "No!" and slam the door in my face, but I'm not going to assume it's not my problem because I want to be self-absorbed. It's really sad.

It's definitely a different "time" and I don't know if it's changing for the better.

Person3
Tyler do you know why she chose to be on her cell phone for the whole time?

Did she later apologize for it?

Person2
She never used it. She just held it in her hand the whole time. We later discussed it. She admitted to being addicted to her phone and did apologize about it. It was a habit she had developed and she said her sister had also mentioned it to her.

She got around to asking me out. She said she wanted to atone for her rudeness. No phone to be seen this time.

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