Do you love your Smartphone?
Earlier this summer I was relaxing at a friend’s house. We were watching a movie, eating pizza and living the good life.
Suddenly a situation occurred that was far more entertaining than the movie. My friend lost his smart phone.
Honest officer, it wasn’t my fault!
I was sitting on the couch nestled between a dog, three cats and a plate full of pizza. My friend was reclining in his favorite easy chair complete with an excellent armrest perfect for all smartphones.
From my vantage point I saw what happened. Somehow his smartphone slid off the edge and landed safely in the side pocket of his chair. I could have easily pointed this out and within seconds his panic would have ceased.
But where is the fun in that?
Nicotine – Smartphones – Oh My!
A long time ago when I was a young boy I witnessed a scary scene. My three pack a day uncle lost his cigarettes. As I sat and observed my friends frantic search I was suddenly reminded of that fascinating day.
With the movie long forgotten my friend tossed throw rugs in the air, pillows and cats to the side. He even checked under the pizza box and the dog.
Thankfully I was left alone.
Angry wife and cats galore!!!
How he missed his phone’s hiding place I’ll never know. But I’m glad he did.
I grabbed another slice – Spicy Sausage, hamburger and pepperoni – and settled in for the scene.
My friend moved from the TV room to the kitchen. His voice was high, his mood agitated. He yelled at his kids, the neighbor kids and the dog. For reasons unclear he decided now was the perfect time to bring up a two year old argument with his wife that I’m guessing was unresolved.
With my friend and his wife bringing up bad memories, the dog barking and the kids disappearing to the neighbors, I calmly plucked his smartphone from the chairs comfy pocket.
I found an old shirt rolled up in a corner and laid part of it over his phone just beneath his chair.
With his wife in tears and the dog joining the neighbors I called out and pointed to the half hidden phone.
Memories of my Uncle
The relief in his eyes matched the memory I had of my uncle when his MIA cigarettes were discovered.
So I ask – where are we in this world? Are smartphones the new cigarettes?
I will confess if smartphones were available when I was a kid I would have been knee deep in everything they have to offer. In fact my entire generation would.
Don’t let them fool you. We were just as bad or worse.
It’s easy to see the addiction. They look cool. They give you instant gratification and they give the user a sense of importance.
I have a lot of use for smartphones but at my age there’s a balance. I like them but I do not love them.
I wish I could see the world in a hundred years. I truly believe we are in the infancy of stranger things.
We love our gadgets. They are exciting and earth shattering but for some they turn into addiction.
I dodged a bullet.
The future will be fascinating but somehow we’ll survive. We always do. Every generation is convinced the next one will destroy the world but if you notice it hasn’t happened yet.
But just in case I’m wrong, please hang on to those damn things. Trust me, you don’t want to lose them and if you do some guy like me will keep them hidden for all the wrong reasons.
Happy Friday Everyone!!!