Frankly, I agree with Hobbes. We don’t seem to be able to manage the technology we’ve got! I’m grateful for the incredible features of my smart phone, but cell phones, it seems to me, are producing a generation of impolite, discourteous, sometimes dangerous, individuals!
It bugs me as a university professor to be passed on the campus by a student looking at his cell phone who doesn’t bother to lift his or her head and say “hello.” That’s impolite. And dumb. He or she just might have me for a class someday!
How many people do you see on the highway who are either talking on their phone or are — God forbid! — texting while driving! My son blows his horn at such drivers, but I’m afraid that doing so will distract them further, causing an accident. For a great commercial showing the danger of distracted driving, check out this video.
I went out to lunch with one of my colleagues a while back — and he was on his phone the entire time! Now, if he were working with a family whose mother was in ICU, that would be one thing. But these appeared to be routine texts. I felt like chopped liver. And I don’t even like liver.
What to do? Don’t trash your smart phone. But don’t allow it to ruin relationships, especially those that are right in front of you! (I discussed this problem a couple of weeks ago — see my post.)
Here’s a prayer for all of us and our technology:
“Lord of technology, you know how addictive all of us are! Thank You for incredible inventions and terrific technological advances that allow us instant contact with anyone anywhere! Please, Lord, keep us from viewing our new powers as more important than people made in Your image. Re-teach us, Father, basic principles of civility. And help us to serve You, rather than our toys. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”