As I have posted before, gadgets make great conversation pieces. However, therein lies the problem.
More often then not I catch people being deeply into their Blackberries (mostly), Sidekicks or other smarter-then-average phones. People reading something. People zealously typing away. People so drawn into their gadgets that they hardly notice anything around them.
On the express bus I am taking to work sometimes it takes two or three “Excuse me” to make a person move their feet away from the very narrow passage between rows of seats. And last night I missed my stop because I was reading something off my PDA.
By being drowned into small PDA screens (around 2 – 3 inches on the average), we develop a tunnel vision, ignoring anything that happens not directly in front of us. Usually this leads to a lot of non-efficient decisions, inability to think outside of that tube of attention. TV has similar effects on people’s attention span.
What I essentially want is a larger screen on my smart phone. Heck, I’d go for a screen of a flexible size.
One reply on “More Gadgets, Less Fun”
I completely agree, when I catch the train to work people just stare at their iPods or whatever portable device, they seem in another world, which isn’t great when you want to get off at your stop!