We are all so different. Some folks are visual (ah… that would be me), some are more analytical and if a person is one or the other than you can bet each side loves each one sometimes but is disgusted with the other most of the time.
Internet romances have been the rage but it wasn’t long ago that most people thought they were for losers, psychos or fortune hunters. Maybe internet dating is a good thing, people talk like old friends and learn about each other without the stress of the “first date.” I am not dumping on that at all. But we live in a world now where technology connects us as well as disconnects us.
Example #1: Significant other finds their “beloved’s” cell phone, check through the texts and “POW!” There are fireworks and they aren’t the good kind either. People like Tiger Woods and Brett Favre know this fate only too well and even better this is all used in lawsuits. And in both cases, it wasn’t just the heartache that was inevitable, it was the wallet break that went along with it.
Example #2: I saw a nice couple in a coffee shop the other day. They held hands as they walked in and in fact one of them held the door for me and greeted me with a smile. Left me feeling pretty good.
Every one ordered and I sat down across from them. And there they were, one talking and one staring at his cell phone. Now if this guy had included her in what he was reading and punching onto the phone, then fine. But he was very distracted and she went on about a situation she was dealing with. He had his eyes down and kept clicking away. Finally looking up he said, “Oh sorry babe, I was texting.” (This is not a gender thing, this is a manners thing.)
Since this smartphone held power over a human to human interaction, you have to wonder, if it wasn’t an emergency, why did this happen? Is it so hard to put down the phone, flip it upside down and look each other in the eye and talk? When did we stop being human? It wasn’t a point in time, it has been an evolution.
I have taken to leaving my phone in my car on customer appointments. What’s worse than texting during a face to face encounter? They can see they aren’t as important as whoever is in your phone. AND you are doing this in PERSON.
In 20 years, well maybe 10 – where do you think this will lead us?