I Phones and a bone to pick

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IPhones

First of all, I want to say that I am probably motivated by envy, but in the spirit of this web log, I am proceeding. Please do not take direct offense to this.

Last week I attended a banquet/fundraiser; great cause, good  food,  and 6 other fine people at my table. The only gentleman among us, we’ll call him Howard,  is a retired accountant and as is my want, I picked his brain in the interest of polite conversation.

So, I find out he is an accomplished retiree and a chaplain to boot. But there was one huge barrier (actually 4×8″) to my interrogation. I did not identify the model of the device, but Howard would check it at regular intervals; quite regularly and without regard to his surroundings.

This is a middle-aged man and he cannot bear to be out of touch. None of this, was he born  into, not a child of the ’90’s who never knew a world without cell phones and personal computers.

I did not see him text (none of my business) but  he did mention that he has 1800 Facebook friends……….I have 50. I may be feeling inadequate, but at least I compose complete and grammatically correct messages at all times! So there!

The moral of the story: “We are becoming a society who can’t go 5 minutes without checking our social media. What possibly could we be missing? In the 1800’s  it took weeks for a letter to go one-way. In 1900, a telegram took days to make the circuit. In 1950, you were lucky to connect with the person you were looking to talk to. In 1999, an email was like a letter; if the person read it, they would reply.

“In 2012, we want it all and we want it yesterday.”

Oh for the good ol’ days. “WHAT WAS SO DANG IMPORTANT HOWARD?”

Gwenny

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