09 March 2008

Misuse of cell phones

Cell phones are awesome. I cannot even remember what it was like to not be connected with people so easily. They do have some down sides, though. People can connect with you easily. You are always just one text/call away from everyone.

People complain about constant texting. Students at school are constantly doing it, making some institutions ban them from classes for fear of cheating, or just communicating on them instead of focusing on what is going on in the classroom. There is a whole new language that has come about to ease the thumbs and first fingers from having to type out whole words. Even sites to help you translate and understand wtf ppl r sAyn.

And there is the danger of distractions while in the car. Studies have shown that people who drive while talking on the phone and texting are basically similar to those who drive under the influence of alcohol. Crazy, huh?

Now, I guess the same can be said for those who walk while walking.

London is always a city ahead of the game in many ways. Now they are trying out something to help those who can't seem to multi-task without getting injured.

I really wonder about people. Can you really be so absorbed in your message that you can't see a huge pole in front of you? What happened to peripheral vision? The study in the article says that 1 in 10 people have been injured while texting. Come on now. Get it together.

Imagine how ugly this city is going to look with padded lampposts. And even uglier with if they follow people's suggestions and add lines to the ground to help people follow those since they can't simply lift their eyes to see where they are going.

But, I guess it could save 68,000 people from getting injured next year.

I'm sure the city could save money if people could just text while standing still or sitting down. But that would be too easy. Or, I guess too difficult. After all, why would you want to enjoy your surroundings, talk to people actually in your presence, and watch where you are going when you could engross yourself in little words on a screen or try to find the music and pictures you have on your phone?

Spk 2 u l8r.

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