I already know that by writing this post, I’m going to come off as a Neanderthal in the field of modern communications, but there’s something I have to get off my chest. Namely, why has everyone adopted the cell phone as a necessary requirement of their daily existence? Everywhere I go, and I mean everywhere, the majority of people I see have a cell phone glued to their ear.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I can see instances where a cell phone can be a convenience, for example, if you’re lost and need directions. I can even see where it could be a life-saver in instances where one needs to call 911 in an emergency. And that’s why I have one – for emergencies. No, what I’m talking about is the fact that no one seems to be able to “be alone” anymore. So many times I’ve been in a store next to someone who is talking into their cell phone in a perfectly loud voice, as if there were no other people around them. Are they calling for help? No. Are they asking for directions or something they may have left off their shopping list? No. Generally, their one-sided conversation sounds something like this:
“Oh yeah. I’m at Target. Oh really? Did Timmy ever go potty by himself? Oh, that little booger! I really thought I was going to die last night when Maria said what she said around Roy! For sure! Oh, I don’t know, maybe watch a DVD. Yeah, I’m going to make pork chops for dinner…” You get the idea. Since when did a conversation like that become so important that you couldn’t wait until you were in the privacy of your own home? Must you impose it on all of the people waiting in line with you? I mean, really!
Have people already forgotten there was a time when, when you were driving, all you did was drive? You know, so you could concentrate and not kill somebody by being distracted? I can’t tell you the times someone in front of me on a cell phone sits through an entire green light, then zooms through the yellow, leaving me to wait through yet another red! And is the idea of shopping all by yourself so intimidating or boring that you must be talking to someone while you do so?
And don’t get me started on this new deal “Twitter,” where you must drop a line or two to everyone you know every hour of the day to share a thought or keep them informed of what you’re doing! I’ve seen some of these messages and I just don’t get it! I’ve seen Twitters ranging from “Wow, I’m in the middle of a GREAT cheeseburger!” to “Just passed wind in the elevator! Tee-hee!” Do these people really think these things are worth bothering their friends with? What are you? A rock star whose life needs to be documented every single moment? I find it completely weird.
And a lot of the same stuff could be said for constant text-messaging. But, my point here is that we seem to live in a world where people need to be in contact with someone at all times. And that makes me wonder why they’re afraid to “just be” with themselves. Do they ever make time for self-reflection? (Without having to Twitter about it?) What ever happened to rejoicing in solitude? Enjoying time for yourself? Taking time to simply THINK?
No, I’m not Scrooge. I, too, like to talk to my friends – in person or on the phone in the privacy of my own home. But I don’t need to talk to them every minute of every day. For me, it’s quality, not quantity that counts. And, as insane as it will probably sound, I need some time every day when NO ONE can contact me…because I’m busy…thinking, imagining, reflecting. Yeah, I know I’m probably alone on this one, but that’s okay.
I guess I’m just crazy like that.