It was fun over the weekend to observe, for my first time, an Academic Super Bowl. My youngest daughter was on her school’s team.
I learned many things, mostly centering around how much I don’t know. What is an abundant number*? Tell me something about Thisbe. Lots (and lots and lots) of things about volcanoes and the earth’s plates.
We spectators were relegated way up high in the bleachers, so as not to disturb the competition. This was fine, as I got to visit with the other parents.
Well, I did for a little while. But pretty soon, I turned to the mom next to me and observed this:
That’s okay, I turned to another mom buddy.
Oh. This one was on her phone, too.
I confess that for the past few months, I’ve had some incarnation of a “smart phone,” but not having a lot of experience with it, I still have not crossed over to the land of constant cell phone use that seems to be the norm these days. I kind of like this, as it makes me like a fly on the wall in a world where everyone is attached to his/her cell phone as if it’s another limb.
It just amazes me the way you can look out at any public event, and see a large percentage of the people staring at their phones. One thing that fascinates me: these people often seem to be texting or reading texts. I wonder, when they are with the people they’re now texting, do they talk with them? Or do they text OTHER people then? In other words, do they prefer communicating via text to communicating by talking? Cell phones are changing the way we interact as humans, and I’ll be real interested to see the ways this changes society over the next few decades.
Sometimes, I’ll look around for someone to talk to, and not finding anyone unoccupied with a phone, I’ll sigh and pull out mine as well. If you can’t beat ’em …
*Because I know you were curious: “in number theory, an abundant number (or excessive number) is a number for which the sum of its proper divisors is greater than the number itself.” Clears things right up, doesn’t it?