Texting while driving has become such a problem that it has brought about new legislation in various states. Many accidents are caused by someone attempting to “multitask.” I think I speak for the majority when I ask everyone to just put down their phone for a bit and focus on driving. But, just in case you can’t heed my advice due to your emotional connection to that iPhone, here are a few alternatives:
“Are you kidding me? Again with this nonsense!” This was my very thought this morning as I attempted to enter the parking garage at the east entrance nearest DeSantis. Merely getting into the garage is the least of my concerns on any given day. However, this particular morning reminded me of what appears to be an ever–growing number of occasions when, upon arrival at the parking garage, there is a long queue of cars waiting to enter the facility.
Without the miracles of the Internet, email, instant message, or smart-phones with voice mail, apps, and text-messages, Gen-Xers and Boomers still had an instinctual need to connect with the world around them. And, we did so without so much modern technology, using instead the old and reliable standby of actually talking to each other – live and in real-time.
My first negative experience with texting came when I called an acquaintance, left her a message to call me back and she sent a text saying, “What’s up?” I called her again and there was no answer. But she answered with another text message that quickly popped up and repeated, “What’s up?” I text her back and said, “I want you to call me.” Needless to say, a few months later, I realized that this friendship wasn’t going anywhere because this individual chose texting to show me exactly how she felt about our relationship.
Hollywood often presents technology as a force of evil. There are the killer robots in “iRobot,” Whiplash in “Ironman 2” and the first terminator sent to kill John Connor in the “Terminator” series, but at NSU technology is a force of good – unlike those robots. It helps students with their research, their communication and even their laundry.