Maybe I'm Just An Old Fart...

A Rant by Fran Browne

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The other day I was talking to a friend and our conversation centered around technology in the US, primarily how it has taken over everything.  I know you are surprised that I would even talk about a subject like this, but I did.  We both were amazed at how personal electronics has replaced simple thinks like "talking." 

I'm not kidding when I say this, but I know people text each other when they are in the same house.  Give me a break!  Everyone seems to be all consumed with texting, surfing the net and playing games on their cell phones and tiny PCs.  What ever happened to good old, face to face conversations.  Even sex is now undertaken by phone... hands free of course! 

A few weeks ago, my friend was sitting in an airport terminal waiting on her return flight to Costa Rica.  Out of boredom, she began counting everyone using portable electronic devices.  Of the 22 people waiting for their plane, 17 of them were engaging in some sort of electronic gratification, either on a laptop, iPad, iPhone, cell phone or some other type of handheld device.

One night Andy and I were eating at a local Japanese restaurant in Charlotte.  Seated with us was a family of six, two parents and four kids.  Every one of these inconsiderate, obnoxious a-holes were all playing on their portable electronic devices.  They were doing this all the time the chef was performing his chopping and dicing show.  These twits were 100% oblivious to what was going on around them.  They apparently did not realize that part of the fun in going to this type of restaurant is the entertainment factor, watching the chef flip the shrimp tail into his hat or cutting the egg with his spatula.  I was secretly hoping the chef would toss one of the shrimp tails in the face of one of these jerks.

What's happening to our younger generation, or more importantly, what's happening to me?  Have I turned into my parents?  Am I the grumpy old lady who complains about everything or is it a generational thing?  Are parents emulating their kids or vice versa.  I honestly don't know.

Don't get me wrong, I love technology and I do play a lot on the net.  But it doesn't replace interpersonal skills.  What happened to just playing a board games, watching a sunset or building a sand castle?  Does everything have to have batteries?




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