I live in a beautiful area of my city, the houses are pretty, the trees are huge, it’s lovely. I walk my dogs on these streets and parks every day.
Almost everyone I see now, has a device in their hand that they are looking at or earphones in their ears listening to some thing.
Like, everyone. All the time. Seriously, students on the way to/from school. Mom’s pushing strollers, people walking their dogs, coming out of building, going into banks, standing at bus stops. People glance up to cross streets and enter buildings and such. But it’s like they’re all in their own little worlds.
Sometimes I stand on the street corner and every person I can see is engaged more with their phone than their surroundings. Including people driving cars, it’s truly pervasive.
Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not judging. I’m sure I would spend my time happily playing Angry Birds, while waiting at a Dr’s office. But always looking at your device? Sometimes I want to say, “Lift your head, engage with your world and your life!”
When I got my Shuffle, I did listen, when walking my dog, for a time. But gave it up as I felt less engaged with my dog, and I kind of felt like the dog understood that. I could be wrong about that last part.
People go into variety stores talking on their phones, shop, pay and leave without ever getting off them. You over hear people’s conversations almost continuously. Hell, you can hear people conducting their business!
I once saw a beautiful hawk in the park, it flew quite low and was huge, wildly out of place, and gone in a second. The park, being in the core, was busy with pedestrians, but they were all looking at phones or lost in their tunes.
It’s definitely a different world.