The electronic companion and the unseen intruder

Referring to the blog posted on Monday February 17th 2014, Pitfalls and Minefields, the last point could be expanded.

The smart phone is a wonderful tool, full of clever Apts, convenience, speed, life saving uses and creator of feeling part of a group rather than alone. Its ever expanding possibilities are exciting, yet at times addictive.
Relationships between couples, friends, parents and children, strangers and work colleagues can be enhanced by instant communication but endangered if used without empathy towards the excluded, present real person. The mobile user in one half or both of a couple, a parent with a child hoping for attention in the playground or at an important school play or match can seem disinterested and unimpressed by the disappointed loved one or colleague by their side.

The sense of rejection from the other side of any duo or group, if the mobile user seems more engaged or animated by the invisible ‘other’ can be uncomfortable and humiliating. The electronic companion turns into a more interesting, amusing and distracting intruder, lover, other child, more interesting work colleague or permission to be rude to the ticket operator, the cash out assistant, the check out attendant in departures and even the cat or dog hoping for personal attention.

Daniel Craig (James Bond) put his toe in the hot water by suggesting to his new wife that they leave the mobile facility out of the bedroom. This could be a starting point for some similar ground rules within human interaction.

Clare Ireland

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