This is an article by Jonathan Webb giving his opinion about bad mobile phone habits. What do you think? Do you agree? Do you feel similar to the person described in the article?
July 16, 2008
Bad mobile phone habits happen in many different places and in many different ways. From the way people answer to where people answer can be seen as rude or annoying to the ones standing around at the time. Movie theaters, restaurants, and even church are just a few places I have personally witnessed bad phone habits. However, the worst habit of all is not the answering and talking that takes place on the phone, though I sometimes wonder if people realize how horrible it is to be in a restaurant and hear everything someone is saying on their phone. There is a habit that is much worse, and it is taking over our society.
The worst habit is texting. People will text to each other for hours on end, when a five minute conversation would probably communicate what needed to be said and free up the rest of the day for other things. I have seen people texting each other from the same room! Can you believe that? What kind of society are we becoming when we would rather type a message to one another on a phone that just have a conversation? Email was the beginning of this and now it has gone to a ridiculous extreme. I mean, seriously. Teenagers now are actually putting tape over the numbers so they will be able to text faster and without looking at the phone.
Now, I understand there may be instances where texting is necessary, my point in all of this is to convey my concern that America’s future is in the hands of people who will not be able to carry on a face to face conversation with someone because they have grown up attached to a cellphone. Looking someone in the eye is a lost art in our society and I blame a lot of that on the amazing popularity of the cellphone. I am not an old man, but I can remember how we operated without them and everything was fine. I had to actually shake hands with people and look them in the eye when having a conversation. Perhaps we should offer classes at school now to teach things that should be common knowledge for an adult.
Answering your phone in certain places is terrible and I think it is rude, but it does not compare to this obsession with texting. If you are too busy to sit through a whole movie with out even a glance at your phone, you have way too much on your plate! Slow down, take a breath, and enjoy life! The phone calls and the text messages can wait until you get home or back to work, whichever way you may be headed. Give your interpersonal skills a tune-up and actually have a face to face conversation with someone, they are quite enjoyable.