The New Connection

People today use their cell-phones way too much. They are busy all the time. You see their mouths move animatedly while they are driving. They don’t stop at pedestrian-crossings; they go in the wrong direction on one-way streets. In the office tuck-shop workers satiate their eyes with someone else’s lunch on Instagram. Across the table, the university professor’s Samsung Galaxy vibrates through her discourse on Classical Poetry. The brick-layer drops a dollop of hot cement on a new message. Lovers check their iPhones straight after climaxing. Even gloves are now designed to be screen-friendly; wallets and watches have become obsolete. We are so very obsessed with our devices; they follow us wherever we go, like our breathing. Everybody is well-connected, but feels terribly lonely.

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  1. Thanks for putting in words this insidious infection that people choose not to notice, and do something about. Coincidentally sitting by the roadside, I was thinking something similar when I took my phone out just now, regretting not to have brought a book along to pass time…we are so very addicted… Back at home, we follow a ‘no phone time’, and ‘no phone day’ now. Imagine the extent of the malady.

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    1. “no phone time”, “no phone day” — what fabulous ideas. Yes, I could not have put it better: an insidious malady it is. Thanks, Sundaram, my friend, I always enjoy reading your responses.

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      1. And I reading yours Vera…☺…

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  2. “Well-connected, but terribly lonely.” And yet it shows no signs of abating. Where will it leads us next?

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  3. Oh God, Vera! I completely agree. EVERYWHERE You go people are their own little “don’t interrupt my world” techno islands. It’s beyond odd. I flew recently after many years of not flying and I was stunned. The shades were all pulled so coming onto the plane it was dark. EVERYONE had their nose in their phone. The entire flight. It was like the twilight zone. But yeah….everywhere. It does feel terribly lonely. Not sure how I got lucky enough to have a man who uses his phone as little as I do. No date-night or post intimacy intruders…thank God! That would drive me crazy. Also the down-time we all used to get while waiting in line daydreaming etc. was important, I think. I dunno. Sigh. ❤️ Hoping You have/had/are having a wonderful Sunday!!! 🤗❤️😊

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    1. Couldn’t agree more to everything you’ve said. 🤗 ❤

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  4. I love the dollop of hot cement, and the climax right after! Good imagery to make your point. I happen to completely disagree. Because of the vast interconnection, we can now do things that would not have been possible before in our lonely and disconnected ages. I know a woman named Vera in Australia, I feel like I know her well (I probably don’t in reality) and I enjoy her musings, and poems, and thoughts – and without the vast interconnectivity, I would not know that woman. Ever. How’s that for a hot dollop of liquid cement right on your keyboard?

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    1. Touché.

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  5. I’ve been thinking of your post, Vera, the obsession with mobile phones in your lives. I spend hours reading articles on my phone every day. Being a content writer and language advisor, reading articles published by The New Yorker, BBC, or Ted.com is almost a necessity. Is it the proper use of my phone and my time? Could this be justified? I ask myself.

    I often feel I’m an outsider in this digital word. I feel stressed out by all these digital devices and high technology, not to mention social media.

    I dream of living on an ancient small Greek island, where digital media isn’t the focus. I dream of having a quiet stroll along the coastline. When the sun sets, I would read Alive Munro, or Virginia Woolf, or Haruki Murakami in a nostalgic café, feeling the gentle sea breeze and the glorious sun on every inch of my skin.

    Hugs from the far north.

    Love ❤️

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    1. Ah, Isabelle, I know precisely where you are coming from. I am much the same — an outsider. Apart from this blog, which I maintain distractedly, other social media are foreign countries. Yes, wouldn’t it be nice to just abandon technology for a while? and return to the simpler days, in which people appreciate the physical company of those around them, the “real” life they are living, so-to-speak, or — to use the cliche — the present moment.

      The question, though, is for how long. Having known the digital age, where things happen in a matter of seconds, humanity is unlikely to want to tolerate the limping analog.

      I suppose, don’t you think, it is all about balance, the judicious use of technology, rather than be consumed by the damn thing. 🙂

      Sending love ❤

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  6. Feel free to drop an email, at any time.

    isabellepan@hotmail.com

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    1. ❤ appreciate it, dear friend.

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