Maybe 15 years ago (the timing is important) Jennifer and I vacationed at Universal Orlando. In 2010 I blogged about an experience we had on that trip. Here’s a portion:
We paid a visit to the Islands of Adventure Theme Park.
Naturally, we head over to the Lost Continent section of the theme park because it boasts having…
If you can’t read the sign, Mythos has been awarded the #1 restaurant in any theme park.
So, Jennifer and I are seated and we look over to a nearby booth.
And there is a gentleman in the 40-45 year old range seated on one side and across the booth from him are what we assumed to be his two sons, both in their teens.
They had been seated before us, and dad had a phone in his ear.
And though I don’t make it a habit of staring at another restaurant table, it was difficult not to notice that the “Father of the year” rarely made eye contact with his two sons and said literally nothing to them because he never, ever was off his cell phone.
This went on for 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45 minutes and more.
This poor sap of a parent completely ignored his sons, giving more attention to the waitress. My heart went out to those two teenage boys. They sat sullenly for the entire lunch, appearing as though they had been grounded for the rest of the year.
Interaction between the family members: Extremely close to nothing. The man’s cell phone was damn near glued to his ear.
When dining out or at the dining room table at home, unless there is a stop the world emergency erupting, texting should NEVER be permissible.
However, if you simply can’t survive without making that text because goodness knows the world revolves around you and some other person that was not invited, kindly excuse yourself from the table, leave the room, and do your business elsewhere.
—This Just In, April 4, 2010
Have conditions improved, 10, 12, 15 years later?
Today’s read is from Tom Purcell. Here’s an excerpt:
According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able only to text versus call on their mobile phone.
To be sure, the powerful digital devices almost everyone is carrying around these days have changed the art of human conversation and the way we relate to each other — and not for the better.
Psychologists say texting can cause “infomania,”which Dictionary.com defines as “an obsessive need to constantly check emails, social media, online news, etc. …infomania can actually cause you to temporarily lose twice as many IQ points as smoking marijuana.
Read the entire column here.