Have you noticed how a LOT of people are really into their smartphones these days? I just got back from Las Vegas, and it was just so weird to see how many folks with their heads down, not relating to the people around them, but deeply into something apparetly very important on their phones.
While walking, waiting in line, eating dinner with other people…it feels not only weird, but sad. It seems as if the need to escape the moment is so strong. But wait, isn’t the moment all we have?
Being the curious type, I wanted to see what a table of 3 young men were looking at on their phones while eating. They were playing games. Oh, I see. You’re on vacation and you are sitting with your father, or maybe it’s your grandfather, and you are playing a computer game. No really, I get it, gaming is so much more important than actually relating.
The most curious thing was that the older man was just sitting there. I guess it is just enough to be around the younger generation these days because you can’t say anthing: it is their New Normal!
Watching the Oscars last night with a group of girlfriends was interesting too. There were some questions that came up during the night, like, how old is Kim Novak, and did she have an accident or just really bad plastic surgery? Instead of chatting around the group, there was one woman who had her smartphone with her, or should I say, “smart ass” phone, since that’s what these women were calling it, and she would find out the answers. But while I found it kind of cool, since I haven’t been around this kind of thing before, it was also odd. I was glad when Eileen spoke up at one point and said, “Hey, I kind of like having some mystery and discussion about things, don’t you all? I had to agree.
I had to stop and realize that I am from the time when there was more relating, people didn’t talk so fast, and there wasn’t SOMETHING to do every moment! And while things ARE changing, and there are things that I don’t understand, it’s OK.
I will close with my favorite song from the Oscars, which did not win. Oh well, it doesn’t matter, ‘cuz I’m HAPPY.