RuggerATX saidHow many of you have (or had) acquaintances/friends who, when in a social situation, cannot stop fiddling with their iPhones, take countless snapshots, and generally resort to hiding in their technology? It's as if they're so entrenched in faceless communication that they can't actually function on a human scale anymore.
I actually find it sad to watch after I get over the sheer annoyance. These people give the impression of being "connected", but in truth, they are very much an island. OK...maybe an island with a broacast antenna. :-)
Any thoughts on this?
Thanks, a very contemporary topic. Almost none of my friends do anything like that, except sometimes take cell calls I think could have waited until later.
I'll usually check my own ringing or vibrating phone and then silence it, unless it appears to be something truly urgent. Let it go to voicemail that I'll check later, I'm with friends right now.
But then most of my set is older, so a generational values thing comes into play. Proper manners & politeness makes the people you're with more important than the people you're not with.
Rather than hide in my technology, however, I share it. I always have hundreds of digital pics with me, and if something comes up in conversation I'll whip out my PDA and show the relevant photos to my friends.
But I'd never use any device for my own private amusement while in their company. That would be like taking out a soft-cover book and starting to read a novel while having dinner with friends or something.
Modern technology does provide new temptations, but the concept really hasn't changed. When you are with someone, you are with them and not with others, nor with other things.
All my life I've known shy people who fuss with stuff when they don't feel comfortable in public with others. It isn't so much human nature that has changed, but the technology that gives us new ways to express it.