Sometimes I feel like my fiance and I are the last two people in New York City (or even the entire US) without smart phones. Even the scant few of our friends that were old flip phone hold outs now worship at the altar of iPhone. Sure, much like I finally had to trade my cassette tape tower (that thing was cool) in for CDs and then MP3s, I will have to eventually have give up the ghost and get some sort of smart phone too. But until then I’ll let myself feel slightly superior (it is of course partly out of envy that I have to make myself feel better about my perpensity/financial necessary for older technology)
Faculty at the Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design at Tel Aviv University,been studying smart-phone users relative to their old-school, flip-phone counterparts. And the difference between the two groups they found to be surprisingly vast. ” Smart-phone users are much more commonly under the illusion that they have privacy even when walking down a public sidewalk. They’re less skittish about having personal conversations in public. They’re more detached from their physical surroundings.” Unsurprisingly, when they asked smartphone users about a place that had just visited, they were far less likely to remember anything about it.
Their conclusion being this is a bad omen for society as people isolate and lock themselves in their own private worlds (and view the public world as inconsequential) and stop interacting with strangers (no need to ask for directions when you can google it), or the people they are with.
That last bit is my biggest pet peeve–even above getting stuck behind a slow-walking screen tapper (giving them their own lane isn’t a bad idea, but they probably would be too distracted to stay in it). Pretty much every single smart phone owner that I’ve encountered has been guilty of this to some degree: paying attention to your little glowing screen when there’s a living breathing person in front of you.
I don’t care what the name of that actor was, let’s just continue with our conversation. No one needs you to live tweet what’s happening or cares what grocery store check in at on FourSquare. Just talk to the person you are with, or take your headphones out and listen to what’s going on around you, or stand in line, wait for the show to start, wait for the bus, without constantly distracting yourself. Be comfortable with being alone with your own thoughts, making conversation, or being uncomfortably silent. (four years ago I wrote a blog post in which I mentioned the outside world has more to offer than anything on a screen–I still think that’s true).
Sure it would be nice to be able to look up an address or movie time when I’m out and about, but by and large I am happy to have many unconnected moments of my life, and I have never once found myself wondering what was happening on Facebook when I was talking to a real life person.
via. the Atlantic