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Monday, April 22, 2013

I know, I'm just jealous of your iPhone S7809infinity

Aspen and I went to IKEA last week (kids always eat free on Tuesdays, bytheway) to return some stuff and get much-needed kitchen organization junk. I know they have a play land thing there, but I still always take Aspen around the maze-that-is-IKEA with me because she loves it so much. It's one of the few stores in which she's a good helper and doesn't scream or complain or refuse to ride in the cart (on occasion).

So, there we were. We had spent some time on the first floor and eventually made our way to the elevator (WHY DO THEY ONLY HAVE ONE?!) to head upstairs for food and the last item on my list. As we waited for the doors to open, a few other moms and kids rolled up next to us to share the lift.

We all piled in and immediately all those moms got out their smart phones and ignored each other. So much so that not a single one of them thought to push the button to actually operate the elevator. I had gotten in first, and was crammed in the corner farthest from the buttons so I started talking to Aspen. I asked her to be my helper and walk across the elevator to push it for me. Even while this conversation ensued, not a single one of the other riders looked up from their phones. For the first time in Aspen's life, she refused to push the elevator buttons (go figure) so I announced that if no one else was going to do it, I would. So I wove between all the carts and other moms and finally pushed the stupid button.

That's when a couple of the moms glanced up from their phones and verbally acknowledged that they hadn't even realized no one had pushed a button yet. If it weren't for me, we'd still be sitting in that stupid elevator going nowhere.

I know, I know, I don't have a smart phone so I can't judge. I don't know how appealing it is to ignore real people and instead see what Internet people are doing. BUT COME ON!! We're to a point that when we get into situations during which we could talk to someone else, we instead fall back on the safety of our electronics to distract us and save us from real-life interactions.

That elevator ride is a metaphor for what happens when you glue yourself to your phone instead of paying attention to the world around you. You literally don't go anywhere. Put the phone down! Talk to a real person! Push a real button!

4 comments:

  1. AMEN! Drives me nuts (which is why I'm still with you using my stone age phone). Also, we were totally at IKEA last week too and after I'd hyped Makai all up about getting to play while I shop (he doesn't do as well as it sound like Aspen does at IKEA) he didn't meet their height requirements. Big bummer!

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  2. I can't believe he's not tall enough! I haven't even checked to see if Aspen can go in... but I also don't want to subject the poor smaland people to Aspen's sporatic potty training.

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  3. I thought Cam and I were the only people without smart phones! How does everyone afford it?

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  4. I dunno, those data plans are PRICEY. Kev has an ancient sad little smart phone thing, but he gets a small monthly stipend from work that gets put toward our phone bill.

    I don't see the need for one, even though I'd LOVE to have a map on my phone and a decent camera. And longer battery life. And room for more than 30 text messages at a time.

    But I can obviously live without those things since I've had the same flip phone almost 5 years.

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