I’m still trying to solve the security issue, but as I’m an effective multi-tasker, I thought I’d add a new post, one that has been simmering now for years. It’s about people’s dependency on mobile phones which in my view has spiraled out of control. We’ve all become phone addicts and it has to stop!
I was eating dinner the other day at a Japanese restaurant and noticed that the 4 people on the next table weren’t engaging in conversation as one usually does during a dinner, but all 4 were in fact busy on their cell phones. What is the point of arranging to meet friends for dinner and then spending the entire meal connecting with other people rather than the ones you’re with?
And have you ever been having dinner with someone and then every 2 minutes, they check their phone? I mean, unless you’re dining with a heart surgeon who is on call, there’s no excuse for this type of behaviour. WoAi says the phone should not even be in plain sight during the meal. Put it away!
It’s not just during meal times of course. It’s equally annoying during meetings when people ignore what’s being discussed and scroll through their address book instead. Sure, there might be times when there’s an urgent email or message coming through, but let’s be honest, most of the time, you’re just texting your girlfriend and asking her what she’s doing.
And it just gets worse. As if having one phone to distract you at dinner was not enough, this girl sitting outside Element Fresh in Xintiandi had two iPhones. And at one stage, she was texting on BOTH at the same time. It’s simply mind boggling and at the same time, slightly sickening that while some people in China barely have enough to eat, others are double fisting iPhones while eating over priced pasta!
Make no mistake, I do spend a lot of time on my phone each day, but I think the whole thing is getting out of hand and everyone needs to follow some basic ground rules if humanity is to survive. So for example, if you MUST take a call or reply to a text, a quick apology before doing so wouldn’t be out of order. And once you’re done, put it away and focus on who you’re with. Oh, and don’t get me started on the glasses without lenses that the girl (with only one iPhone) is wearing!