Almost every day, I hear parents and grandparents and people on television complain about how cellphones, smartphones, texting, streaming, Facebooking, tweeting and computer games are turning our children into little unsocial robots who won’t be able to function in the real world. The real world of cellphones, smartphones, texting, streaming, Facebooking, tweeting and computer games.
And do you think you could get a job in today’s world by bragging on your resume that you don’t know how to text and don’t use email?
What’s odd is that people on television and the people who watch it never seem to blame television itself for turning us into antisocial robots. Do you watch TV during dinner? Do you watch TV in the bedroom? Is there a lot of talking going on while you and/or your spouse watch a four-hour football game? Have you ever tried having a conversation with someone who is watching “SportsCenter”? Do you blab all the way through “NCIS: Wherever” and “Dancing With the Stars You Never Heard Of”?
Do you talk all the way through movies you are watching? If you do, most people would rather you texted.
But that’s not always true, either. Recently, some guy shot another guy dead for texting during a movie. As if texting during a movie is rude, but shooting someone to death for texting during a movie isn’t.
“Whatever happened to talking to each other?” I hear people ask, as if every word they say is some kind of rare pearl, which comes only from a one-of-a-kind oyster that lives in a remote ocean off a faraway land. In reality, their own last, very social words were, “Have you seen the remote control? It was right here a second ago.”