I have to wonder if anyone ever wants peace and quiet anymore – REAL peace and quiet… I mean like no disturbances… the only-listening-to-nature-type of peace and quiet.
There was a time when we didn’t have electronic communication devices in our hands and the ability to be casually chatting with anyone who was out of ear shot.
And of course, the only thing we had to read was what we might have with us already in written form. We weren’t able to nonchalantly trade quips, one-liners or other such things of “importance” by letting our fingers dance over a keyboard with keys no larger than the bumps on Lego pieces I used to play with.
How many of us – if we sit down to read a book, or relax on our back porch, or go for a short walk in the spring-like weather – will turn off our phones? Or, do we resist the urge to jump on our notebook (assuming we can’t access the web with our phone) because we just gotta check our email?
In addition to how we won’t take the time for ourselves, how many of us subject our friends to our interruptions? It’s amazing to me to see how this aspect of our world has changed and it’s almost become socially acceptable to take a call or receive and/or send a text in almost any situation. I’ve been at dinner in a restaurant and seen four people in a booth all on their phones at the same time talking to other people. I’ve been in a movie theater and have seen people texting on and off throughout the whole show. Or – people walking along with each other, but talking to other people on the phone! – I guess they could be talking to each other… but I don’t think that’s happening…
So - maybe we should all consider taking a trip back in time and going a whole day without using our cell phones, or at least turning them off when we’re with other people. It might do us all some good to remember the art of face to face conversation.
- Blast from the Past
- Hi, I'm Darryll and I live in Pullman, Washington with my wife and two kids. I'm a licensed Architect and am employed as a Project Manager at Washington State University. In addition, I have my own business doing residential designs in the greater Palouse area. I am a self-taught pianist, song-writer and singer and am involved in the music department at my local church.