At breakfast, this morning, there were two girls seated together at a table ( I should mention that I am working away at the moment, they weren’t in my dining room). But, throughout the whole of breakfast, they hardly spoke a word to each other, engrossed as they were in their mobile phones.
I had something similar last week when I’d visited a friend who lives about an hour’s drive away. I left his house for the journey home and almost immediately needed a wee. So, I stopped just a short while later when I happened across a McDonalds. Whilst there, I thought I may as well have something to eat, as it was getting late and I suddenly realised that I hadn’t eaten for several days.
I took my tray – laden with fast food goodness – to the nearest table and sat down.
Seated around me were five couples: two girls in one corner; two boys in another and three girl/boy combos.
It was deadly silence in there. No-one was speaking. Everyone had their mobiles out and was busy texting or doing the Twitters or whatever… their thumbs flying over the tiny keyboards.
All apart from one lad, who, everytime he tried to whisper something to his girlfriend, was told to “sshhh!”, her concentration entirely on the phone in her hands.
I wolfed down my food and left. In all the time I was there, I don’t think I saw any of them speak more than a sentence or two to each other.
It’s truly ironic that mobile phones seem to be killing the art of conversation.