Working in NYC, I can pretty much say I’ve seen it all. Or maybe most of it. Seriously. However, the other day I saw something that made me take a step back and pause, not because it was so unusual but because, I realized, I’ve been seeing a lot of it.
And it’s how people use their smart phones, which, I have to say, isn’t all that smart.
So I got it into my head to list out some of the weird places and ways I’ve seen people use their smart phones. I thought it might be kinda fun and maybe even a little eye-opening. So here you go:
- A public bathroom. Does anyone else go “ewwww” when they realize someone in another stall is having a conversation while they’re doing their business? Really. Is the phone call that important? Because I can tell you, the ones that I’ve overheard could have definitely waited. And speaking about being overheard, I wonder just how much the person on the other end of the line can hear.
- During a massage. Umm. Maybe it’s just me, but isn’t the idea of getting a massage all about relaxation and leaving the real world behind? How can a masseur possibly relieve stress and get deep into your tissue when you’re yakking it up with a friend or, better yet, arguing with a spouse? It boggles.
- When the person you’re talking to is right next to you. This one’s a winner, in my book. I’ve seen people get off the railroad and arrange a meeting place, via their cell phone, with another person. And then meet that person and continue talking to them on their cell phone while they’re standing right next to each other!
- On a date. Call me old-fashioned, but if you’re on a date then why the heck are you texting and chatting it up with someone else on your phone? Focus on the person you are out with, damn it, and show some respect. It’s not a lot to ask.
There you have it. Short as it is, this list really makes you scratch your head when you see people doing these things. Not only is this kind of behavior rude, it gives everyone else the message that you’re dealing with a major case of self-importance. Blech.
So the next time you’re going to use your smart phone, think twice about where you are and who you’re with. And whatever you do, don’t text and drive!
Now tell me, what strange cell phone stories do you have to share?
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