Has technology made people more rude?

I came up with a new category to blog about and I call it ‘The Soap Box’. This will be the category that covers all my rants about life and the world around me.

The other evening ‘H’ and I went out to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. Nothing fancy, a very casual place. At one point, a couple of ladies were seated at a table behind us. I am not sure at what point in time, but all of a sudden the older of the two woman makes a phone call and is using the speaker phone. The bonuse is she was calling a supermarket looking for a pot roast. In the process of her asking the guy at the meat counter about what type of roasts he had, she decided to tell him he did not know what he was talking about. Did I mention, she is at a restaurant during this phone call? The entire time time ‘H’ and I were not trying to laugh about it, but it was also very annoying and mentioned it to our waitress. If we had not been close to finish our meal, it may have not been so funny.

This is not the first time I have seen stuff like this. I have been hit by shopping carts, because the person is on FaceTime. When the person realizes that they have hit me, they look up and move on. Not even taking a breath. How about people who text and walk at the same time, grrrrr. My personal pet peeve is people who talk on the phone, when the cashier is ringing their stuff up. Show some respect and tell the person to hold on or that you will call them back. What is itch people always using the speaker phone option. It’s funny enough hearing oneside of a conversation. Now we people feel the need to share the entire phone conversation in public.

My favorite is our new neighbor. The day she moved in, one of the other tenants went to say hi and got the reply, “I am on FaceTime.” She also seems to be eternally talking on the phone to one person or another. I have said hello a few times only to have her completely ignore me, because she is on the phone. Now I do not even bother.

Before cellphones, texting and video chats, you could pay attention to the world around you. Can you imagine what the world will be like if you walk around with a Google Glass-like device that overlays technology on the real world, aka augmented reality. People are going to forget there is a real world around them and pay attention to the tech. I am not against smartphones and the features they have. It’s just that there is a time and place for them. We spend so much time behind technology, that we forget that there is a world beyond out there. 

Ok, time to get off the Soap Box. Comments are, as always, welcomed.

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