Texting and driving is a well-known cause for car accidents and terrible driving. But walking and texting is turning out to be just as bad, as I saw this morning on my way to work. Not only did I get knocked into by no less than three people that were texting while walking, but I witnessed a girl almost get hit by two cars at the intersection of Wacker and Randolph all because she was texting on her phone. She walked out into the street while cars were turning into her, stopped in the middle of the street when one car honked and pulled around her, and stood there as another car whizzed by her on the other side – all while still staring at her phone! I don’t think she even knew what was going on.
It reminded me of an article I had recently read on Fast Company critiquing the new Apple commercial titled “Designed by Apple in California.” It basically says that though Apple was unfortunately portraying how more and more people are using technology and their products, it also shows what is wrong with the way people are interacting today. People are paying way more attention to their little devices than to real life. You can view the Apple commercial below:
“In what should be a warm, humanizing montage, people are constantly directing their attention away from one another and the real, panoramic world to soak in pixels. They’re choosing the experience of their products over the experience of other people several times in quick succession.”
Social media was started and caught on so quickly for the purpose of connecting with other people. What good is it if you stop interacting with the real world to only live in the digital world? It really made me think about the way I use my own phone and if I have been neglecting my own experiences of the real world. Why let life pass you by?
- In 20 Years, We’re All Going To Realize This Apple Ad Is Nuts (fastcompany.com)
- Texting and walking identified as growing hazard (cbc.ca)