What recently developed technology—cell phones, wi-fi, laptops, handheld gaming devices, etc.—do you think has had the worst influence on how people behave in public?
From what I’ve observed, I’d have to say cell phones. People talk on them everywhere and often very loudly.
Do I really want to hear every mundane and annoying detail of their personal lives? And they think I’m rude for listening in on their conversation, as if I had a choice. But when they’re chatting away at 140 decibels, it’s pretty damned hard to avoid hearing them.
And they’ll talk on their cell phone ANYWHERE, often in places where it’s inappropriate or potentially dangerous (while driving or pumping gas). When they’re on the phone they don’t give a damn about anyone else. They’re slaves to the phone, if it rings they gotta answer it. It’s a Pavlovian response. Most of the time they don’t have anything to say, they just have to be saying something and saying it loudly.
Guess I’ll stop my rant now, my cell phone is ringing. Why am I salivating?