Aren’t we all guilty? I do hate it when I go to a ballgame and the fellow next to me spends the entire game texting and looking at his/her Pinterest Page or FB. Why spend that kind of money to be at an actual real live game when all you really want to do is spend time in your virtual world?
Here’s a quote from Bruce Jenkins (at Wimbledon), columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle: On the Eve of Wimbledon, English Soccer Despair.
“Not far away, I spotted a fellow American journalist doing a very American thing: fiddling. He rarely looked up from his phone, on which he engaged in texts, e-mails, checks of the Internet, whatever. All of this, apparently, was more important than the event at hand. So it goes with the fiddlers’ generation: not watching, not experiencing, not living. Fiddling.”
As this commercial likes to remind us, in a very nice, understated, humorous way, we are victims of our virtual success– I ignore the marketing aspect: