Flickr member Micro43 has taken a nice image from above of a businessman texting and walking in Tokyo, Japan.
Maybe my own brain is faltering in a Web wasteland, but I don’t get it. Whether the Web is making us smarter or dumber, isn’t there something just unconvincing about the idea that an occult “span” in the brain makes certain cultural objects more compelling than others? So a kid loves the drums but can hardly get through a chapter of “The Sun Also Rises”; and another aces algebra tests but can’t even understand how Call of Duty is played. The actions of these children may dismay or please adults, but anyone who has ever been bored by one practice and absorbed by another can explain the kids’ choices more persuasively than does the dominant model, which ignores the content of activities in favor of a wonky span thought vaguely to be in the brain.
On with my distractions.
I have to say, my wife, who hates talking on the phone has been texting non-stop since getting my old iPhone. She even pulled me into it and I’ve been chatting for years. It is useful and no doubt less intrusive than a phone call at times.
OnPoint had a show on texting the other day. It’s worth listening to and commenting on: Texting Trends & Human Contact.
Tip: turn sound off on your phone, vibrate on, and then you can more easily ignore incoming stuff and deal with it in your own sweet time.