Why can’t you just shut up?

Is the weather really so important that you need to discuss it for an hour? Before the advent of smart phones, people could spend a long time speculating about such things. We were all in the same boat. Did any of us really know what the weather was about to do? But that conversation goes on so much longer now that we can instantly pull up maps, forecasts, animations, and statistics. We can compare Accuweather with Weatherbug with Weather.com, and we can do it at five minute intervals during the day. All day. Every day.

Picture two or three guys arguing this out, endlessly, while staring into their phones.

Want a sandwich? There are a dozen sandwich shops in a ten mile radius, each with a web page or twitter feed or both. Let’s just check that menu, compare prices, estimate travel times via Google maps, and then spend an hour or so getting five or six guys to agree. While staring into their phones.

Then the sports coverage starts. Fantasy leagues in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, and NASCAR. There are daily stats to check, blog posts to, write and read, standings and lists of injured players to read and update. The discussion goes on forever, five guys arguing while staring into their phones.

Which leads me to the question: “Why can’t you just shut up?”

Smart phones are making us stupid.

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2 Responses to Why can’t you just shut up?

  1. I wonder if smartphones have robbed us of the ability to explore when we travel, since part of going to a strange place is getting lost and trying strange new things: restaurants, food you’ve never tasted before, nightclubs, city parks, odd little shops—all without consulting Yelp or TripAdvisor.com. I suppose it makes things more efficient and less scary for the inexperienced traveler: get lost, check Google maps; need to find a hospital, search Google again. But I think of the times I found a great little coffee shop or a fantastic bookstore because I wandered off the beaten path and into a strange neighborhood. You don’t do that when you have a smartphone. Not unless 58 people Liked it on Facebook. 😦

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