Imagine this. You’re invited over to somebody’s home for dinner, drinks, and conversation. Before you know it, you’re the only one in the room who isn’t totally glued to a smartphone.
Or better yet, the one who calls and asks, “Can I come over and hangout for a while?” They come in and sit down and seconds later they are so engulfed in some fantasy game on their phone that you can’t get their attention even if you scream at them 3 or 4 times.
“There’s a scorpion crawling up your leg.”
“The room is on fire.”
“Aliens just landed out in front of the building.”
“A flock of turtles just flew out of my butt.”
“Johnny is holding a poker game in the bedroom.”
“Hey, look at that flying saucer hovering outside the window!”
THEY DIDN’T HEAR ONE SINGLE WORD YOU SAID!!!
Of course, there are a few situations that give me a good laugh.
A 10 year old sitting at a table in Subway glued to a $1,500 smartphone. Another boy about the same age comes over to the table with their sandwiches. He sits down and starts eating his own sandwich. Then he starts eating the other kid’s sandwich. He has just a tiny little nub of the sandwich left when the other boy finally looks up from his phone and asks “Aren’t they done with our sandwiches yet?”
And the one I’ve waited to see happen for years.
A kid is walking down the street glued to his phone. He’s totally oblivious to everything that’s going on around him. He walks right out in the middle of the street, and a guy in a pickup slams on his brakes and leans on his horn. The kid doesn’t even look away from his phone. Moments later the kid walks right into a sign post. That’s one of those moments that I wished I had my camera out for.
Unless you’re talking about the same game that they are playing at the time, they couldn’t care less about anything you have to say. I want to put a box beside my door with a sign on it that says “IF YOU WANT TO COME IN, DEPOSIT YOUR SMARTPHONE IN THE SLOT. YOU’LL GET IT BACK BEFORE YOU LEAVE.”
Now for the really scary part of this rant. A brief look into the future.
It scare the hell out of me to see what the next generation is going to be like.
Need I say more???
And who do we have to thank for this great invention gone terribly wrong?