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Doctor's delays and human interactions

Seriously, man... I go in knowing that I'm going to have to wait to see the doctor, but the last couple of times have been ridonkulous. My 10:50 appointment ended up being at 12:15.

Oh well... at least it was a legit reason to play hooky from today's meeting. As much as I'm getting better (as in less terrified and choking for words) at running the Tuesday and Thursday morning meetings, they are on my list of favourite things to do somewhere between mucking out a a barn and having dental work done. I can, but I would really rather NOT.

Interesting observation in the waiting room. There were quite a lot of people, all ages - young moms with babies, 30 somethings, people closer to my age, and a chunk of very much elderly people. I'd say that anyone who was 50 or younger (sometimes hard to tell) was on a mobile device. All of the folks I'd deem as elderly were either reading the magazines/newspapers or chatting with each other.

I waffle back and forth about our connected culture. On one hand, I get very annoyed when I am out with friends (the few times I am , since I have no life) and they are always on their phone, always on facebook. SO AGGRAVATING. I have actually asked people, "So should I leave and email you? IM you? Post on FB? Will you talk to me then?" If I am actually crawling out of my self-imposed hermit cave to spend actual, for realz time with you in meat-space, then interact with me real time.

On the other hand, when used properly, it is amazingly useful to have the mighty Oracle of Google tell us ALL THE THINGS when we are out. How far to a location? What are the hours for a store? Is that restaurant vegetarian? What was the name of that actor in that show? Oh right, and people can actually call you on the thing, too. The list goes on. I do love having all the reference materials I could ever want at my fingertips. It's like that SG1 episode, Revisions, where everyone is in the link and has instant access to all the knowledge at a thought. Of course, it's a little creepy thinking about how the link 'revised' reality. Kinda like the current US government is trying to revise away climate change, the EPA, Russian interference in the election, etc cetera ad nauseum ad infinitum...

If life imitates art like this, I want my Stargate and transporter, please.

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popkin16
May. 3rd, 2017 06:51 am (UTC)
I do agree that there's a time and place for playing on mobile devices. I hate going out, so when I do, I want to interact with the friends who dragged me out. On the other hand, I'm shy and uncomfortable around strangers, so I definitely don't want to be striking up a conversation.

Plus, I think we regard the past with rose colored glasses. People on public transportation would often read the newspaper rather than talk to the stranger next to them. This isn't new, just the method.
shaddyr
May. 4th, 2017 02:02 am (UTC)
I agree with you about rose coloured glasses - I used to ignore people by reading a book when I was a kid - yes, you can walk down the street with your nose in a book, I've done it. Actually went to a school dance and ended up reading there too.

popkin16
May. 6th, 2017 03:55 am (UTC)
I used to be REALLY GOOD at walking down the street - or the hallway at school - with my nose in a book and avoid crashing into people.
kazzy_cee
May. 3rd, 2017 07:45 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. I hate seeing a mum with her children and they are all on electronic devices. Even the toddlers! How are children going to learn how to speak if they are never spoken to!??
shaddyr
May. 4th, 2017 02:09 am (UTC)
The thing that concerns me most about very young children on mobile devices is all the studies that have come out in the last few years about how it affects brain development. It's just so easy to hand a 3 year old an iPad, especially when you are an exhausted parent and you just want a few minutes to yourself.


snogged
May. 5th, 2017 11:57 am (UTC)
Mobile devices have definitely made life easier, but it can be frustrating when the person who invites you out spends the whole time on their phone. A quick check is okay (for example, when the person needs to use the rest room and you're alone at the table), but that should be the limit.

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