This will tell you how old I am I suppose, that I have gone from a time where we spoke the number into the phone and an operator connected us—you know as in the song Pennsylvania 6-5-0-0-0--to ear plug-in phones.
Now here's my idea of fabulous Real Estate.
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For example, the person buying groceries at the store no longer converses with the clerk because she's too busy chatting on the phone. How often do we see someone shopping at COSTCO or another store walking up and down the aisles while talking on their cell phone? Office waiting rooms are filled with people reading their kindles or texting - no more magazines. Families at restaurants don't talk to each other because they're too busy talking to friends on the phone. Traffic jams, red lights, and road construction are now just all excuses to get back on the phone!
Kids waiting for the school bus these days all have their heads down to their phones, never looking up, all texting or playing games, or whatever. They couldn't talk to each other if they wanted, because they're all doing the same thing! Kinda creepy. I remember when I was a kid, the bus stop was always alive with conversations and laughter. Now it's completely silent.
Another bizarre change is with the dog-walkers who pass by. It used to be that the dog's owner seemed to be enjoying the walk as much as the dog, but now the person slowly saunters along behind, head down, clicking and tapping, while the dog sniffs around doing its duty, hopefully oblivious to the strange soulless creature behind him.
The freakiest thing is how emotionless the person behind the phone is. They're like zombies, the walking dead, stumbling along, no expression, almost as if they're hypnotized.
I remember years ago when we were warned about the dangers of "vegging out" in front of the TV. We were told that when we zone-out to a TV program that the brain actually shuts down, going into another level of consciousness, where the person becomes very vulnerable to programming and suggestion. The cell phone thing is actually worse because the person's will is taking a backseat to the electronics, putting him into a state where he can easily be influenced and manipulated.
What is going on? Where is this going? My guess is at some point there will be a global event where the entire internet will go down and it will all stop. Believe me, there will be some pretty unhappy people - perhaps even a temporary mass hysteria. It will probably take awhile before cooler heads prevail. Yikes ...electronic Armageddon!