Saturday, August 08, 2009

Arbit thoughts - The inseparable mobile phone

What is it with mobile phones that make us always look at them? While talking. While walking. While driving.

It is as though the entire world is calling out to you with the most important of messages. Specially so when you are on the back of a scooter, or talking to a friend at home, or sitting and eating at restaurant.

Why is it that in the middle of any such activity, there seems to be an extra sense of urgency to look longingly at the phone? Maybe people actually have their talking script typed out as a message on it...

Or is it that touching the phone gives people the satisfaction of ensuring that the phone's karma for the next half hour is taken care of? The fast moving hand trying to unlock the phone. Followed by a mildly dejected look at the absence of a message. And the same fast moving hand locking the phone to put it gently back to sleep.

A friend told me the other day that his spouse has started responding to the phone more than him! So if he has to call out to her in the next room, a phone call has a better chance of getting through than his voice!

Mobile payments have replaced the wallet. Wonder when mobile lipstick and mobile combs are going to replace the other accessories that unnecessarily take up pocket and handbag space...

That time is not too long away - when you are mobile, the mobile might be the only thing on you!

7 comments:

vigneshjvn said...

Rightly said. More so to college-going folks - not to mention the detrimental effects on language.

Jeeves said...

yes vicky that is also the sad part!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

I once read that "One telephone is necessity, two is luxury, three is opulence while none is paradise."

Well written!

Jeeves said...

@rakesh - thx!

Umesh said...

Totally agree. My wife looks at the phone more than she looks at me :)

Rajiv Srivatsa said...

@umesh - true in quite a few homes :D

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