Phone Addiction or My Beef with Smart Phone Users

Remember when mobile phones were just becoming widespread?  Everyone didn’t yet have one, but about half of the folks did.  You had those who thought they were really special and proudly clipped theirs on their belts to proclaim “I have a cell phone” as if that made them better than the rest of us.  I recall seeing a guy walk into a restaurant once with four phones and at least one pager (remember them?) all clipped to his belt.  For a second I thought Batman had walked in and forgotten to remove his utility belt.  Then there were the folks who would sit at the table in a restaurant and have a conversation on the phone, completely ignoring the others at their table.

Flash forward a few years and we added texting to the phones.  I’ve been guilty of making the occasional text while waiting for the food, but I’ve never had an entire text conversation over a meal like I’ve seen some people do.

And now we have “smart” phones with web surfing, texting, etc.  I have a few friends that have these phones, ranging from the outdated(?) Blackberry from last year to the newest –Incredible and iPhone4.  While many of the apps for these phones are cool and make staying connected even easier than before, maybe they make it too easy to keep in touch with the folks you aren’t actually with face-to-face.

The point to this post, I suppose, is that it’s rather rude and impolite to go out with someone (or multiple people) and spend all the time on the phone texting, or surfing the web, or checking FaceBook, or whatever. I know that every now and then there are very important things to discuss, but, for the most part, the people that they should be talking with are the ones that they deemed worthy of accompanying to the restaurant… or wherever.

I keep relating this back to restaurants because it is so easy to watch it happen, but it happens all over.  Riding in the car, the phone addict is busily communicating, but not with the others in the vehicle.  Sitting around the table at work, even during a meeting, doesn’t stop them.  I don’t know that it’s a real addiction, but it has to approach it.


2 Responses

  1. Guilty as charged, on occasion.

  2. The first step to recovery is being able to admit the problem… on occasion. 🙂

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