Is it just me, or is everyone exhausted, burdened by more than can be done these days?
I hear it all the time. My first thought, when people tell me they’re exhausted, is, “How much time do you spend on your phone every day?”
I think, if folks added up their daily time on-line, it could be close to 2-3-hours. That’s 25% of a work day!
It’s easy to be controlled by our phones: a ding here, a door knock there, a flashing blue light, a flashing red light, Johnny is “checking in” somewhere, a text message from your daughter… It seems to never end!
No wonder everyone is exhausted! We’re exhausted from too many phone distractions, which are controlling our lives! It takes a lot of work to keep up with all your friends and family on social networking – work to make sure you’re “included.” If someone did the numbers, I would be willing to guess that some folks put as much time into their social networking as they do their daily work.
And, here is a good question: When folks are at home, engaged into their social networking, do they stop and take care of work “interruptions?” When folks are at work, how many times throughout the day, are they interrupted from their livelihood to respond to social networking, or to just blindly scroll through Facebook…
I think we all better get a grip on this, before it becomes worse… I think the creators of The Walking Dead were foreshadowing where we will be as a human race, moving into the future… Phones, specifically social networking, are turning us into a world of zombies.
My daughter, Kate, attended a golf camp at an ACC school a few weeks ago. Parents were asked to sit in on a couple sessions, and the head coach talked about preparing your game to perfection. She related it to, “You have these prom pictures, and you spend hours working on the perfect pic to put on Instagram – to make it just right. Do you treat your golf game the same way? Do you spend hours to make sure it is just right, with no imperfections?”
We should all take note of that. Do we give the attention to our spouse, our kids, our work, the same detailed attention we do to our phones?
In my opinion, the cell phone is playing a lead role in the dumbing-down of America. It has made us impatient, inattentive, and rude.
We expect things NOW! And, if we don’t get what we want “now,” we take it out on the poor soul on the other end of the line, or across the counter. To be fair, sometimes the person on the other side of the counter could be slow getting to you, because they are on their phone…. It’s happened to me!
Being inattentive and rude can be lumped together. You know, when you’re talking to someone, and they are looking at their phone the whole time… You’re waiting for their answer, and they start to give it to you two or three times, before they finally get their thoughts organized to put a full sentence together.
In that regard, the human race’s people skills are fading fast. We don’t know how to talk and be polite to one-another, but we can sure text and give emojis at the drop of a hat – probably without looking!
We better get it together, folks. And fast.
On a fishing note, Kevin and I got out on Black Friday, and we each got abused by the only two fish we saw all day…
Kevin’s ate twice in the 8. On the second eat, the fly completely disappeared in the fish’s mouth. Kevin set the hook, and the came back at him clean… Unbelievable.
I didn’t even see my fish come in on the follow. He came in late from another angle, and luckily, Kevin saw him coming. I made some passes in the 8, and nothing. I cast again, and he showed himself once in the 8 and was gone. I kept making several casts in the area and tossed up against some floating timber next to the bank. Strip, strip, and out he came and tagged the fly. Set, wiggle twice, gone…
We had a lot of current Friday, and we were fishing upstream, when this happened. I have been abused in this same situation several times: Cast upstream, and line bows downstream as fly lands, you have some slack, until that third or fourth strip to get your line tight – fish eats on the second strip, and I never seem to be able to get a hook in them…
I’m thinking just make shorter casts in the future, but if anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them!
For those wondering, yes we had good luck Baby Doll with us, so I guess that luck has run out…!