Pestilent Smartphone Netizens

Those of you who know me understand that I sometimes get an impulsive urge to write about something that is happening in my life and then actually make the time to do it.

Here lately smartphones have become somewhat of a contention point for me. Not my phone, but those of other people, including some in my family. Almost like a pestilence unleashed, I sometimes wish those (insert expletive) things never were invented. There are people I know right now who are so obsessed with responding to every little beep, buzz, and ring-ring that it’s near impossible to hold their attention even while sitting across from them.

I understand netiquette may not be something currently taught in schools, and there do seem to be a lot of people lacking even the most basic manners. So, why should I expect anything different when they’re carrying one of those $900 distraction devices? I guess deep down I’m still an optimist. People can change, if they want to. Maybe that’s the problem, a lot of complacent people out there with way more tech than they can handle. After all, with great power comes great responsibility, or so I hear. So for all you non-complacent well-mannered types reading this, please pardon the following rant intended only for those ill-mannered smug types.

“You sir (or ma’am)! Do not drop out of a conversation we’re having so that you can glaze over while checking who might have mentioned you in some post, or responded to some sniffling, snarling, or sappy text message you sent moments before walking through my door. You shouldn’t if you value my business or this relationship for that matter. Even a polite “excuse me” isn’t going to smother the flames of fury you’re going to ignite the moment you reach for that (insert expletive) thing. It’s aggravating enough that it’s buzzing while I’m responding to you.”

I think this ranks right up there with those people who call and then seconds later place you on hold while they answer another call. Hello! This is (insert expletive) bullshit! FYI, I usually hang up.

Lastly, my son is pleading his case on an almost daily basis in hopes of becoming the next (possibly last) mobile netizen in his class. He tells me, “Everyone has a smartphone, dad.” I’ve yet to confirm if they do, but seriously, what kind of world am I living in if every eight-grader has a smartphone! Why does this not make any sense to me? Am I becoming less progressive? Or too overly protective? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Feel free to drop me a message below, just not from your smartphone, okay. lol 🙂


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By William McGill

Like many people, I believe I’m here to make a positive difference in the lives of those around me, and thus the world. Through continual learning and meeting people from both near and far, I continue evolving into an adept person capable of and endeavoring to give back in beneficial and meaningful ways.

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