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DID YOU GET UNPLUGGED?...
Well, last Friday was the Great American Get Unplugged Day... did you forget?
Yep, a national organization urged everyone to unplug themselves from technology from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, and I think a few actually did just that.... but verrrrry few, would be my guess.
Turn off the I-pods, I-pads, regular ol’ cell phones, laptops and every personal computer known to man.
Fat chance, y’all.
I’m a firm believer that the younger generation will soon have the opportunity to surgically implant their cell phones to their bodies. Course it’ll make it awkward to plug ‘em in to recharge the batteries, but I’m sure American Ingenuity will figure out a way to do the re-charging without interfering with reception.
If you don’t think the kids are addicted to texting, take a look along the walls of any high school gym during a basketball game. If there’s an electrical outlet in the wall, there are phones plugged into ‘em. Not so amazingly, every five minutes the phone’s owner will race over to make sure they haven’t missed an important message sent by the person sitting next to them in the stands!
I’ve witnessed young people who’ve paid good money to attend a high school basketball game, only to sit in the bleachers texting the entire time... well, not quite, as they take a break for nourishment at the concession stand a few times during the games. It’s amazing how they can stuff their face with popcorn, Nacho’s or candy bars and still text like crazy. Guess you’d call ‘em great at multi-tasking. Parents would love it if they could get their teenager to chew gum and do homework at the same time - but that’s probably not possible.
It always makes me curious when I see to teenagers sitting next to each other and both texting like mad - finger’s a blur. I have always wanted to go up and ask them if they’re texting each other... but I’m afraid of what the answer might be - and besides I don’t wanna make them go ballistic as someone with the gaul to interrupt their texting.
Most youngsters who are addicted to their phones miss out on a great opportunity to enjoy people watching... now that’s my addiction. You can’t be a good ‘people watcher’ while constantly texting.
I love watching people text while waiting for their food at the concession stand. I invent my own script for what they must be texting each other.... ie -
“Hey, where RU?”
It’s at this point in my people watching/scripting, that I lose my appetite to order my fries.
Please excuse the above script, as I’m not familiar with all the abbreviations youngsters use in texting. Me, when I text, it’s spell each word out completely, and hope I remember where to find the space bar so they don’t all run together - although I have run ‘em all together if I’m in a hurry. Let’s face it you can’t teach an old dog new tricks... in fact you can’t even remind an ol’ dog how to do an old trick - but that’s life in the slow lane.
Have a fun week - and hold the texting.
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