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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

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We live about 100 ft. from a college campus. The students are always walking to classes and talking on the phone at the same time. Really, it's like no one walks anywhere or sits down without being on the phone. So different from when I was attending the same college, just a few years ago. I don't know why, but I find it incredibly annoying. It's like, can't you just enjoy a peaceful moment without needing to call someone?! And are you really talking to someone who lives more than 15 minutes away, anyway? It does seem like a sign of insecurity, to me.

Although hasn't it been a cliche that teenagers have been on phone talking to their friends ALL THE TIME since the 1950's, especially girls. I think there's even a song about that from "Bye Bye Birdie." But clearly, the cell phone and text messaging takes this into a whole new level.

I'd be interested to read a study on what all this technology is doing to adults.

Jessica, I distinctly remember walking through a particularly scenic part of campus back in 1982 or 1983 thinking: "No one here ever stops to enjoy the view or say hello. What is with people here?"

Back then, there were no cell phones to speak of. I guess everyone was preoccupied with their next test. Or maybe they were insecure at the idea of a curly-haired boy saying hello to eveyone who he passed.

Hard to know.

Neil, yeah the big thing when I was in high school was the pager. But we just figured those kids were selling drugs.

But today's technology is inherently different, when you combine text messaging, cell phones, Instant Messaging and weblogs. Kids have the power to cause major problems among peers as well as society as a whole. I can only imagine what the "next" level may be.

BTW, Kaiser Foundation has done the most studies on the topic, but I didn't have time to look through them again.

My kids have asked for cell phones but don't have them and will not be getting them.

My daughter used to be on the phone a lot, but now she uses instant messaging (IMing) much more than phoning. And overall we think it's a good thing. She has guy friends on IMing who have helped her through tough spots, while I think that it's hard to have guy friends in person at this point.

I am also amazed when I see people walking along and chatting on their cell phone. What ever happened to just walking around, spacing out or just thinking about nothing?

Maybe they're just talking about nothing?

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