Then came cell phone cameras. Now you could take pictures of everything - and everyone did - and send them to others via e-mail for a "small charge" of a buck a photo. Suddenly, people were taking pictures of the meals they ate, or posing for group photos with every single goddam occasion.
1. Let it go to voicemail: If you are at a party or having a conversation, or driving, there is no need to take every single call in the world. You won't "miss" anything, trust me. If you really need to take an emergency call (and it had better be an emergency!) excuse yourself, leave the room, and take the call in private. If you are in a car, pull over. Talking on the phone in front of other people is just plain rude.2. Texting: The same is true with texting. Receiving and sending texts while talking to someone in person is rude and distracting. What you are saying, when you do this, is that they are not as important as the person texting you. Again, if you really need to send or receive a text, go to another room (or pull over the car) and answer the text. Tell the person you are with company and can't respond to future texts. Going back and forth with texts while in front of other people is just distracting and rude.3. Diddling with your Phone: A lot of people just "play" with their phones all the time, surfing the net, looking at sex sites, or whatever. Some folks just have to pick up their phones and look at them from time to time, so convinced they are going to "miss something" in the great online world, if they don't look at it constantly. You might miss that text from Jesus!
It goes without saying that the more I unplug from media, the happier and more productive I am. The least productive and most unhappy people I meet are the ones who have all the cable channels and the latest cell phone.