So I’m in this bar, and I notice this guy just hanging out by himself. He looks a bit older than most of the people milling about. He’s not talking to anyone, not looking at anyone. But he doesn’t look uncomfortable, or out of place. In fact, he looks like he’s doing something important.
Cause he’s looking at his phone.
I’ve never been a smoker, but something about cigarettes has always fascinated me. They seemed to give people a reason to be anywhere. If you were hanging out by yourself in a bar or whatever, that was just weird. But if you were hanging out smoking, well you were smoking. Its like you were doing something, like the whole action had a weird importance to it. Cigarettes gave you a reason to be anywhere.
Now mobiles seem to have acquired a similar sort of status. Now there’s any reason why you’d spend any amount of time standing around looking at your phone. Not even talking on it, just looking at it. It says “I’m busy”, or more importantly, “other people are talking to me”. You’re doing something useful. Something important.
Mobiles. Saving everybody from awkward moments of social inadequacy.