Have you ever sat on a bench in a crowded urban area? Or hung around the mall near the food court? Or just walked down a people lined street? This is a common scene that you will see again and again. It is a person with their head looking down at their hands while holding a phone/device and they are either writing or reading a text or an email. I have often wondered if we might one day have a text message syndrome, sort of like carpal-tunnel syndrome. A repetitive stress injury? You never know.
And so I had not given the topic too much mind lately because THPL, and its resultant activities and commitments keep me busy. I also tend to think about goals and overcoming challenges and less about obstacles that get in the way of progress. And this was true of this topic till this morning when I saw a Ted talk with Sergey Brin, co-CEO of Google. He was demonstrating Google Glass, a wearable computer with a heads up display. And if you have not seen the video I recommend watching it because Sergey outlines all of the wonderful possibilities that happen when you take the computer out of your hands and you make it a natural part of your day to day activities. http://www.ted.com/talks/sergey_brin_why_google_glass.html
And to the point of the post – when I listened to Sergey talk about how and why he was driven to invent Google glass, he stated that it was because we are not made to walk with our heads down looking at our hands. I totally agree and I am thrilled that someone (especially someone at Google) is working on addressing this issue. I could blather on about the topic, but you of THPL style, have most likely given it enough thought for the day. And, so, I leave you with the following thought. There are a lot of obvious issues, flaws and design constraints that we work through and live with on a daily basis. And this is ok to a degree - what is not ok is when we adapt to a new way of being even though the adaptation is sub-optimal and we leave it that way. Seems to me that cell phone use fall straight into that category, that is until Google got involved. Very nice indeed.
loving life without a stiff neck