I am putting on my soothsayer hat for this post so be forewarned. 🙂
I did my weekly walk at the mall, as usual, this week and again saw so many people thoroughly attached to their cell phones. Many just can’t seem to even put them in their pockets anymore, they have to constantly hold them. I don’t know what the current generation of cell phone users is called, I can’t seem to keep up with that, but I do know they were introduced to that device at a very young age. They have known about instant communications their whole lives.
I know I am an old fart because I actually remember using rotary dial telephones that were attached to the wall via a plastic cord. As a matter of fact, I was once responsible for the engineering of these phones! Back then, the only way to communicate with home after you left was to find a phone that you put a dime in and dial your home number. Yeah, that is where the term “dial” came from 🙂
Moving into my soothsayer mode, I think there will come a time when it is fashionable to put your cell phone out of sight and out of mind. Initially, there will be a few brave souls who will become oblivious to the constant chatter around them. They will find a better use for the average 5 hours a day that people currently use their phones. These pathfinders will eventually lead many others to treat their communications tool as a “tool” instead of an obsession. When will this happen? I kinda think it is not that far off…