hand me that phone

I had a really interesting week and some encounter with handphones. Or closer issues with handphone usage.

We celebrated hen’s night for the bride-to-be. We had dinner and we were off to a Karaoke Session at K-suites. It was a wonderful place. We had a cozy bed, state of the art technology – with buttons to cheer and jeer!!?!

All the things in the world and no one was singing. I wasn’t a karaoke sort of person, but I was the only one that was singing the last hour of the session. EVERYONE WAS ON THEIR PHONE.

I had a similar experience at the movies with a friend. He was texting. After the movie, he was texting. In the cab, he was texting. I patiently waited, while he texted.

Perhaps I have been inculcated with the idea that – when u are with someone, you are with someone. You are PRESENT. I have been well adjusted to friends texting during mealtimes. But during a Karaoke Session. That’s the first.

To what extended are we ruled by our phones? How PRESENT are we in the midst of company?

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I just read this on mobile stats:

My Precious

Because of their (handphone) size and increasing flexibility, mobiles have also become many people’s most important devices.

To put things in perspective, a recent survey found that 1 in 3 American smartphone owners would even give up sex before giving up their phones.

And with more and more of our activities shifting to mobile devices, this intimacy for mobile seems set to continue. But, perhaps because of this heightened sense of device intimacy, people don’t welcome interruptions on their phones. As with so many of today’s big marketing opportunities, interruptive, broadcast approaches simply aren’t the best use of the medium.


So will you now hand me your phone?



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