I'm Going through a Tunnel! I'll Call You Back!
On the way to work this morning I was annoyed at the bozo in front of me who was talking on his cell phone and driving 22 MPH, when I had to stop and wonder who he was talking to and what he was saying. I don’t know about you, but I have no desire to carry on deep and meaningful conversations before 9 or 10 a.m. I remember frequently seeing college kids talking on cell phones well before sunrise as they walked to class. I prefer to have a quiet, contemplative morning.
This prompted me to wonder if cell phones are changing what we share with each other. If something interesting happens to me, I can immediately call somebody and tell them all about it. If I had to wait hours or even days to see the person, I might have filtered my thoughts or forgotten the incident completely. So I wonder if we offend each other more now as a society, given instantaneous conversation. On the other hand, we can also apologize immediately, if the other person will answer the phone.
One thing that amuses me about cell phones is that they were supposed to make it so anybody could contact you at any time. That pretty much means that if you call someone and they don’t answer, they didn’t want to. For some reason, I find that really funny.