Tag Archives: Smartphones

Smartphones Create Dangerous Wanderers

Many seasoned tourists complain about how some of the world’s most beautiful attractions are over-run by clueless younger people and their kids. Whether it’s Hollywood Boulevard, the Eiffel Tower or Philly’s Independence Square, today’s annoying scene is the same.

Instead of enjoying the historical sights, they stroll aimlessly with eyes and ears glued to those flashing little electronic boxes. They block sidewalks, bump into each other and anyone else trying to walk and enjoy the views. Even more obnoxious is when they raise their selfie sticks. Not only is your body in danger from the mindless people bumps, but your face and eyes also become sticky selfie targets.

Smartphones: Still Can’t Get Used To ‘Em

I hike several times daily through the quaint village of West Hollywood, California. My usual route is about two miles along busy Santa Monica Boulevard. It’s the final leg of the famed US Route 66 that continues thru lush Beverly Hills on its end at the Pacific Ocean.

My hike is always interesting, and my camera ready to find interesting views of landscapes, stores, traffic, people, pets and everything else. One aspect that always gets me is people walking while talking on their little electronic devices. Although it has been a usual sight for several years now, I still marvel at how it has taken over everywhere.

Back in long-ago days when I strolled busy streets, people who walked along and talked aloud to little boxes were considered insane. Now, it’s common to literally bump into dozens of yakkers a day on the sidewalk and crossing streets. However, it’s even more dramatic now, because this area of Santa Monica Boulevard is populated by many homeless people.

Unfortunately, many are mentally ill, and stroll along talking to themselves and nobody in particular. My dilemma is figuring out which of the public ranters are using smartphones.

Humor: Things That Cause Suicidal Senior Dementia

Online ads from a medical service listed reasons why we very old folks go ga-ga. They cite such mind-bending things as obesity, smoking and depression.

However, this almost 92-year-old, soon to be a babbling patient of Dr. Al S. Heimer, has more pertinent causes for losing my meandering mind. Here are just a few:

1. Last year’s presidential election where an insanely terrible candidate won over a slightly worse than awful candidate.

2. Current world leaders all playing with their nuclear bomb launchers, knowing another idiotic war will end all wars, as well as the human race.

3. Unisex, multisex and gender-bender toilets are now deeply-seated in the American psyché.

4. Thought impossible, but online click-baiting and TV ads get even more obnoxious. Repeatedly hammered into our feeble brains, they’re more effective than Soviet Russian brainwashing. The ads make me cry out mindlessly: I gotta, I gotta, I gotta go buy that gas-guzzling car and also cure my gas-puzzling bowels with that miracle pill.

5. Multi-million-dollar pro jock salaries keep soaring to insane amounts. Studious young athletes complete their college degrees majoring in classroom non-attendance and enhancement drugs to go on to monumentally high buck$.

6. Robocalls. Somehow those freaky phoners in Pakistan, China or Nairobi know exactly when to call me. My phone rings only when I’m walking across a busy street, asleep in the other room and/or on the john.

7. Blindly talking on smartphones. How can people be so stupid while yakking on the little box jammed against their earlobes or eyeballs? Whether driving on busy highways, walking on crowded sidewalks or in store check-out lines, nothing goes on in their blank brains as they gab and gawk endlessly.

Smartphones Get Smarter; Users Get Dumber

New developments on the little electronic devices seem to come in almost every day. However, you can’t walk down the street without bumping into the users. Heads down, eyes glazed, ears plugged in, they block sidewalks. Heedless of traffic, they blithely stroll across busy streets, eyes glued to their smartphones.

Back a decade or so ago before smartphones, anyone walking and talking into a little box was considered a nutcase. Now that I think about it, the same label applies today to many of those clueless eye, ear and lips roamers. They’re now making streets and sidewalks hazardous to themselves and everyone else who happen to cross their crazed paths.

Communications Advances In A Short Lifetime

Kids born in this century are constantly walking and talking with a smartphone or other small instant sound and sight device. It’s as natural as breathing to that generation.

Most don’t even think about the enormous progress in the science of individual communications in just a few decades. I marvel about it constantly, and every day brings more amazing ways to see, talk and listen to the world around us.

An early recollection is attending a movie as a three-year-old with my dad. The only sound was music in the theater performed live on an organ. On-screen the actors’ lips moved, but there was only silence and printed words. Just a year later, the first sounds came from theater screens as Al Jolson sang.

Since then, movie viewing has expanded from theater to home TV, the internet and beyond. Any time I choose, by keying into YouTube or other free or pay online service, I can watch almost any movie ever produced, including the 1929, “The Jazz Singer”, when Jolson introduced talkies.

Further, I can enjoy it from the comfort of my home on a TV far different from my first bulky 1949 one. It had a seven-inch screen offering only in fuzzy black and white images from just three local TV stations. Now the screen is 60 or more inches wide, with full-color and lifelike, sharp focus on endless stations.

I can see movies and video everywhere, including on a SmartPhone during my morning jog. To a 21st Century-born teenager, all of this is just the way things are. To someone at my advanced age, each new scientific communications advance is a welcome and enjoyable miracle.

As a small child, I listened to radio music with the family in our living room. We sat around a large piece of elegant mahogany furniture, topped by a wind-up record player. Favorites ranged from Enrico Caruso to Louis Armstrong. By the mid-20th Century, records had been replaced by tapes, then CDs, DVDs and now digital files.

With continuing advancements in sound and sight entertainment, we can only guess what the next scientific surprises will be.