I WAS in the big smoke last week and I couldn't believe the number of people constantly fiddling with their mobile phones or digital whatsits.
I don't think this is good for the social health of the nation.
We don't have to worry up here because to use the mobile you have to climb up the windmill, and even then the reception is dodgy.
I do agree. I swear if the four horseman of the apocalypse came galloping through, no one would notice because they'd be hunched over their devices playing Angry Birds as the earth smouldered.
I read somewhere that people spend 200 million minutes on any given day playing that silly game. That's 380 years!
You could build the Great Wall of China in that time, or the Wonthaggi desal plant.
I was on a tram in town and the girl next to me was blabbing on her mobile about her problems with her boyfriend. I found out more about their relationship than I knew about my own.
I'm all for improved communication, but I draw the line at having to use Facebook to tell your kids tea is ready - WHEN THEY ARE IN THE SAME ROOM.
And these text abbreviations cause confusion. My friend Deidre sent me a photo of her Cup Day outfit and after I texted back, she wouldn't talk to me for days. How was I to know LOL meant "laugh out loud" not "lots of love?"
And mobiles are so much worse when you can't get good reception.
I knew one poor girl who was dumped by her fiance by text the day before the wedding.
Trouble was, she was in a black spot and didn't get the message until she was at the altar. OMG