Every time I go to New York I am shocked by the amount of people attached to cellular devices. Race-walking down the street, emerging from the bathroom in a restaurant, waiting on the platform for a subway, walking their children to school, purchasing food at a fruit stand, stepping onto the street at a crosswalk – everyone is somewhere else on a very important call or text. When they are with the person who they are texting, do they text the person who they are ignoring now? It is baffling to me.
I decided to do a brief survey. Out of the next ten people walking toward me, I counted how many had those strange white sticks coming out of their ears or were somehow attached to a cell phone. Guess what I found? Nine out of ten people walking toward me were attached…not present…somewhere else. How do the people around them feel? Have they given up the hope for human conversation and connection? Do they expect to walk next to someone who is engaged with someone else? Do they accept loneliness as the norm? Not me! I still hope that we can get back to preserving our five (and sixth) senses that give us valuable information and guidance. I remember what it feels like to be in the presence of a friend who cares to listen to me. Think about that the next time that you have a choice to answer a text while you are with someone else.
As always, this is just my opinion.