People have become even bigger idiots than they used to be. I enjoy having a smartphone but I don’t use it in my car. What the fuck is with people and their fixation of having to dick with the phone all hours of the day. People sit at green traffic lights longer than ever before now. They play games on their phone while driving on the turnpike (I’ve see this first hand). I work in IT and I have to be available a lot. I don’t need to check my email in my car, or look at social media. More people are now hanging out in the left lane of the expressway. Some don’t even do the speed limit. What the fuck? Drive your damn car and quit fucking with other shit. Pay attention so other people don’t die at your hands or because you were intrenched in your phone.
I love to drive. I drive 70 miles a day and have for 16 years now. I don’t mind it. I have heard people in their twenties say “I’m scared of driving”. What has happened to people? Is everyone a big pussy now? It seems like over the last 10 years I have watched people turn into space cadets. They can’t make choices on their own, they can’t drive, they can barely walk without looking at the phone.
People can’t even merge anymore. Every single day I am behind someone getting on the expressway or the turnpike that thinks they can safely merge into traffic while they are going 40MPH. The speed limit is 65 and 70. You can’t merge into a highway going 40 without creating all kinds of problems. Not only do they create problems for the traffic already on the highway, but they also screw the people behind them. Idiots.
PLEASE, TAKE DRIVING SERIOUSLY. PEOPLE DIE DAILY BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION.
Put the device down. Keep your head on a swivel. Stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t be a rude assbag. Don’t tailgate. Use your turn signals. Only use the left lane to pass. Don’t speed up when someone tries to pass. Use cruise control! There are other people around you walking, or driving that have things to do and don’t want to die because you were not paying attention.
I miss the old days. I miss the days before cell phones, before cordless phones, before DVD players. It seems that people were a happier bunch. We had to worry about drunk driving but not texting and driving. If someone needed to reach you and you were not home, it was anyone’s guess where you were…unless you told them. I remember being in college in the mid nineties and still using a pen and paper to jot down a phone number. Nobody had a computer in class. Email looked pretty much like DOS and you only used it at the school library or at home if you were “well off”.
I miss just going out for a drive and having no distractions. You either talked to someone in the car with you or you just drove and enjoyed what was around you. You took in the scenery. Now you see people sitting at lights and they are just fucking with their damn phones. People are missing some pretty cool stuff by not looking out the window. People are too involved in their stupid social mediums.
I miss taking a road trip and using a road atlas. Fuck GPS. Too many people rely on GPS and can’t even read a map. God forbid if they ever have to get anywhere without electronics.
I miss having the power go out and lighting candles and just hanging around the house. Rarely does the power go out where I live anymore. It is nice, don’t get me wrong but sometimes having the power out would be neat…like the old days.
Like Brooks said in the Shawshank Redemption “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” That’s the truth.
People are missing it. I don’t think they have any idea that they are missing it either. Increasingly, I see people riding in the passenger seat of cars and they are looking down. They have that look; you know, that look that people only get when they are looking at their damn phone. It looks rediculous You look like a moron when you’re looking down at your phone. Even when I look down at my phone I look like a moron. Smart phones have made people dumb. Instead of people enjoying the outside world when they are actually outside, in a car or otherwise, they are looking at their damn phone. What a complete waste.
I understand the convenience of having a smart phone and being able to use it, especially when you’re not the driver of a car. The thing is, it is only a convenience. I highly doubt that anyone is ever doing anything where they are texting or typing something that is an emergency. Seriously. When stuff is an emergency people use their phone as a phone and hold it up to their face and talk.
I can remember when you didn’t have a choice of what to do. The only thing to do was look out the window. If you didn’t want to look out the window you had to bring a magazine or a crossword puzzle or something. I just don’t get what is so important that people need to see what is on Facebook or Twitter or otherwise. I don’t understand why they have to be available all the time or why they have to text all the time or update Facebook with their location or other dumb stuff. Now, I do use Facebook and Twitter and I like both sites very much. I however view them as something fun to do in my spare time; not something that I always have to be doing.
I just think that people need to go outside and “be outside”. They need to be in it. There is so much beauty that is lost because people refuse to take it in. Instead, they spend time playing with their devices.
I should state that I do own an iPhone 5 and that I have had a smart phone for the last two years. I simply choose to not let the phone rule my life and everything that I do.
Lose the phone. Spend your time outside, truly outside.