Here’s an unhealthy trend. I’m hoping it’s just a New York City thing and not widespread. People are together, but not really.
In bars, restaurants and coffee joints, people arrive in pairs but soon lose themselves in their electronic devices. Apparently, the person they arrived with isn’t as interesting as whoever, or whatever, is on the other end of that tether.
I hit a triple with this one. Four European tourists in a Starbucks in Manhattan; three of them pouring over their e-communications. Can you imagine coming to New York City and spending anytime at all sitting in Starbucks texting? That’s not a unique experience. You might as well vacation in Fargo, North Dakota for all it matters.
Although I’m sure the mobile phone manufacturers and network carriers are delighted, I find it alarming. It kind of saddens me. I’m going to try and insure that The Daughters are mindful of this and encourage them to rise above it. Perhaps this is the answer: sharing your obsession.
After Facebook goes public, it’s estimated that it’ll be worth upwards of $75 billion. That’s billion. Pretty impressive for a company that doesn’t manufacture anything.