Posted by: Ed Brazee | May 9, 2013

Smartphones or Behavior—Out of Control?

Scenario #1—Last Saturday was gorgeous so my mother and I opted for outdoor dining. No more than three minutes after we ordered, a cell phone rang at an adjacent table. One of the two 40-something men at the table answered his phone and for the next 10 minutes carried on an animated conversation while his companion, a real person sitting two feet away, looked increasingly irritated and annoyed. What is wrong with this picture?

Scenario #2—Standing in line for my flight to leave Logan International Airport several weeks ago I overheard a very graphic conversation by a man also waiting in the same line about his upcoming colonoscopy. He did not spare any details, but I won’t share them with you! You might think that the TMI Rule (too much information) would be in force, but that was not the case.  The many visual cues we gave this gentleman by those of us forced to listen in, did not change his behavior either. What is wrong with this picture?

Scenario #3—Another restaurant…note a pattern? Close quarters with a series of booths back to back to back. I knew we were in trouble when four women entered the restaurant with one woman already talking as she strode across the dining room. That call was just the beginning as she continued to take and make a series of calls for the next 45 minutes. What about her three companions you might wonder? Good question. They talked around her as she barely acknowledged their presence. I wonder if she will be invited to dinner next time? What is wrong with this picture?

Aren’t these examples from adult models our children and teens see, and learn from, everyday?

What are your responses to each of these scenarios?

As adults, what lessons can we learn from these incidents?

As adults, how can we help children and teens learn to use their cellphones appropriately, especially in public?

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