Texting and Talking: The New Smoking?
It is a commonplace to note the degree to which technology enables us to stay “connected” to family, work, etc. What I find fascinating is not only how common it is to see folks talking and texting, but how many people instinctively reach for their phone and begin talking, texting, or both when faced with any sort of enforced idleness. It reminds me a bit of Brian Doyle-Murray’s character in Christmas Vacation when he doesn’t want Clark Griswold in his office anymore. He picks up the phone and growls, “Get me somebody. Anybody.”
I think cell phones and Blackberrys have replaced cigarettes as our response to these sorts of unanticipated waits. One sign that talking and texting may be the new smoking: signs asking folks to turn off their cell phones before entering places like doctor’s offices.