This has nothing to do with gear but every once in a while I just can’t help going off on a tangent.
One of the benefits of age is perspective. I can remember life and business before email, the internet, and cellular phones. Sure they offer a wonderful slew of features, capabilities, and conveniences but I have recently come to the conclusion that they are slowing us down. Here are some everyday examples that all of you can relate to.
Traffic – Used to be that there was a little lag from the time that the traffic light switched to green and when cars started moving on down the road to get to where they were going. It used to be just the physical act of getting off the brake and on to the accelerator. The lag now is longer often ending with somebody honking their horn to get the person in front of them to stop looking at their phone and start driving. And not just looking at their phone but actively doing something on it, most likely texting. Even when they get going again they are still looking back and forth at the road and their phone. When everyone or almost everyone is doing this the effect is that fewer people get through the light. So, we sit at stop lights more and it takes us longer to get from point A to point B, all because people have become ridiculously absorbed in their smartphones.
And don’t get me started on the idiots that text and drive. I can only imagine the incredibly important ongoing text conversations that absolutely positively have to be attended to at that very moment while they should be concentrating on driving. Add in eating, applying make-up, smoking/vaping, and futzing with the radio or all of the above at once, it is no wonder why we have more traffic accidents. And that slows traffic down too.
Work Restrooms – If you are eating/hydrating right and your system is working properly you will have to visit the restroom at work two or three times a day. Used to be you went in, did your thing standing up or sitting down, washed your hands and went back to your desk. There was the occasional person that regularly read the sports page in a stall but we all new who it was and what time of day they did but for the most part things were orderly, efficient, and quick.
Now, everybody, especially my younger colleagues, bring their smartphones with them to the restroom. And it seems like they all go into a stall because they are always occupied while nobody is ever standing at the urinals. I know they are on their phones because I can here them typing, watching videos, dropping them on the floor, setting them on the side tray, or even making/taking phone calls. This last one absolutely amazes me. I can’t imagine having a telephone conversation with a client of perspective client while using the bathroom. And you can bet that those phones are not being cleaned regularly or very well. The result, again, is a slowing down of the normal process and a lot less work being done.
Selfies – I guess we can blame Kim “famous for being famous” Kardashian for popularizing this one. People are stopping everywhere and taking pictures of each other or just themselves. They review them and edit them or retake them then post them to any or all of the usual social apps. They document absolutely everything with a picture and are obsessed with sharing it with the whole world. I don’t know how they ever get to where they were going but the rest of us are forced to wait or work around them. I think most of you are showing what insecure, egocentric, self-absorbed narcissists you are but that’s just my opinion. At least Kim is getting paid for her exhibitionism.
Other Little Things That Add To The Problem – You have seen people walking on a busy sidewalk with their heads down and eyes glued to a little screen. They walk slower, bump into people or things, and wonder into the street when they shouldn’t. Phone slaves are reading or texting when they should be getting their bag out of the overhead bin and getting out of the airplane, they should be placing their food order at the counter, paying attention to the teller at the bank, answering the TSA agents questions at the airport, etc, etc. These devices slow everything down simply because they demand constant attention and we have become addicted to them. Weak and sad.
So, yea they are great little tools to have around and they have made things easier I guess but it sure seems to me like they are slowing us down. Truth is, having lived/worked with/without them, I think I liked it better before they came along.
End of rant.