Nice editorial from up in Canada. It makes the case for talking instead of trying to so the impossible–multi-task. The subjective nature of “what is important to me — based on the new data coming at me” is a topic I explore in the book. We live in the world of data. The author here is longing for a world of meaning. Below is the whole editorial. Here is the link.
Crackberrys lead to all type and no talk
Posted Oct 28, 2010 By Katie Stewart
EMC Editorial – Have you ever noticed that in any coffee shop downtown, all of the businessmen and women are sitting together in a group, and yet, no one is speaking? (No one is even looking at each other. Their heads are down. Their fingers are moving at the speed of light. They are all holding the same product. The crackberry. It is a new type of addiction that our fast-paced, obsessed society has fallen in love with and can’t live without.
While it is truly amazing that there is a tiny little gadget that can give us access to anyone and everything that we would want, it seems that it has given us an excuse for poor manners. How often have you been out at a restaurant with someone, they hear that ding go off, and your conversation is put on pause? Or your friends have become professionals at active listening, saying the occasional “uh huh” or “ya,” all while fiddling with their BlackBerrys.
Because of this new craze, it has become acceptable that we pick up our phones and deal with something else instead of the person in front of us. And we, the present company, have to put up with sitting silently and waiting.
Bad manners have become acceptable because it has become the norm for people to constantly check their phones and ignore the people they’re surrounded with.
I don’t know if it feels this way to you, but it is so frustrating to try and have a conversation with someone when they are trying to do two things at once, it comes off like they have better things to do then to listen and be involved in the conversation they’re having.
We have become so fixated on the idea of knowing everything the second it happens, that we choose to put whatever is going on in the present on hold, while we are thrown brand new information.
And let’s be honest, most of it is not that important. It’s the latest Facebook update, a new tweet, or more junk mail in our inbox. This information is treated as priority, instead of the people that you’ve chosen to spend time with.
Will it get to the point where a person does not need to leave the house, because they can do all of their socializing at home? Turn off the crackberry, look up, and socialize.