Friday, July 18, 2014

Texting & Walking

  There's a new hazard in the streets of Portland (and to venture a guess, every other city throughout the country): people with their faces glued to their phones.

  The number of people walking down the street, any street -- in a city, along a country road, crossing the street in a suburb -- with their noses in their phones is astounding.

  Let them walk into a pole the next time they're at it -- and if it's me, let me run into it head on. Is that too harsh? That way, we'd learn our lesson!

  Just over the past week or so, I've nearly been run into by text and walkers (or Tweeters/Instagrammers and walkers) on four or five occasions.

  Unless you're lost, is what's on your phone really that important?

  Sure, I'm guilty too. But I'm making a conscious effort to put my phone away. When I'm out and about, take in the sights, pay attention to my surroundings -- I've found they can be pretty entertaining and interesting as well.

  It feels like we don't enjoy the moment anymore -- we can just 'be' for a couple minutes. We have to be entertained by some thing at every moment. And we're constantly looking for that next 'thing' --whatever it is -- the video or photo to share, the funny moment to text your friend about.

  But let's be real, it's kind of embarrassing. Go into a work break room, a cafeteria, a library, a mall, any place really -- and we've all got our noses firmly planted in our phones.

  Here's the challenge: let's put the phones away. 

  Enjoy our company. Enjoy our surroundings. Enjoy the scenery.

  If you want, take a picture, but then put your phone right back into your pocket or purse.

  How quick, are we as adults, to judge a group of kids sitting at a table, ignoring their surroundings and their 'friends', nose glued to a screen of some sort? But when it's us at the table, we don't bat an eye.

  It's not a good look.

  Let's give it a shot, and see how it goes. And if you must, please stop in one place, lest you won't run into me (or be hit by a car).


Post a Comment