It is Thursday morning and I have to rant about something. Well, in fact, this has been bothering me for quite a while but only recent days have boiled it up enough so I feel like writing about it now.
When I was a child, phones were quickly emerging out of nowhere and now they are mini super computers with calculators, games, cameras and - worst of all - internet. Don't get me wrong, I love my dictionary app where I can look up words while reading a book or Google Maps if I am lost somewhere; however, I have to say I HATE it that nearly everyone is now constantly looking up things on their phones IMMEDIATELY.
Gone are the days of the oblivious blissfulness of NOT knowing the answer to a question immediately. Passed the times where you would philosophise why things were as they were.
I HATE that. For instance, my man (sometimes), my sister and also many of my friends are constantly on their phones while talking to me, looking something up that popped up during the conversation. I, personally, think this is terribly rude and interrupts the flow of conversation. Why do we always immediately have to know the answer to a question? Well, I think, we don't. Look it up in the evening if you want but NOT while you're still talking to me.
Also, the permanent catching up. Friends ask you: "Do you know that?" or "Have you seen that?" and when you don't (which is primarily the case with me), they whip out their phones and immediately show you a ten minute long Youtube video you actually don't want to see or a picture of someone you don't even know, or, or, or...
Don't do that guys, I am not interested! You can send me a link (but after we said goodbye) and if on a rainy, lazy day, I decide to watch it, that's fine. Other than that, I don't want to bother with it. This behaviour has actually led to me lying to my friends whenever they ask me "Do you know that?". I just quickly nod and say "Sure, I've seen it on Galileo" (a German informative show on various topics) or "Oh, yeah, sure, now I know what you mean" when I see they are getting prepared to pull out their phones.
The sad truth is, most people aren't necessarily interested in what you are interested in. Deal with it. I mean, in the earlier days I was personally offended when my acquaintances didn't come to my concerts or read my blog but, hey, I am not going to their life events either because I COULDN'T CARE LESS.
Alright, this sounds a bit bitter and is not utterly true. I love hearing my best friend A sing (she's an opera singer). And speaking of her, I love her because of all my friends she is probably the only one who doesn't look up things on her phone constantly or updates her social media while talking to me. We talk about things and when we hit a question we don't know the answer to, we philosophise it until we've come up with a satisfactory (though mostly wrong) answer.
Seriously, people. Leave your phones in your pockets. Don't answer calls unless it is really necessary and wait with the looking up part until you're home. Not only because it is really, excruciatingly rude, but also because you might have the funniest chats trying to figure out an answer to a question you would have never asked.
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