Posted: 03/12/2016 at 07:49
I agree with matts' main point that most mobile phones are being used for many purposes other than making calls throughout the day. While I'm spending a day in the city I might use mine to make a shopping list, check times of appointments, make diary entries, use maps, renew library books, book taxis, restaurant tables and tickets, locate shops and services, make notes, check facts about products ( or plants) that I'm considering buying and comparing prices, read newspapers,check the weather forecast and the stock market, keep up with what's going on here, and I might also ring my son to see what size jumper he takes so I can get him something embarrassing for Christmas. I do all that and I'm retired. I have more functions on my phone than on my laptop. don't control my home from my phone yet, but I might do one day.
The workplace has changed beyond all recognition for some people in the past ten years. Many of those people you see using their phones in the street are 'at work' speaking with clients and colleagues and sending emails or checking documents between appointments and during working lunches. To suggest that they shouldn't do this is as ridiculous as suggesting that we should do away with HGVs and return to horse and carts and canal boats. Life changes and most people adjust.
Of course there are some selfish stupid people who use their phones while driving, just as there used to be people who thought it acceptable to drink and drive. . Hopefully sanity will begin to prevail and technology will soon help us achieve this.
By the way, I'm still in bed and using my phone to write this. I'm sure that many moons ago there we're some people who thought it weird to read in bed.
Last edited: 03 December 2016 07:55:58