Weeping for the Future
In the comments to this morning’s post on Bush’s reviving poll numbers, Mike Cappelli expresses his concerns, generally, about the attitudes and worldviews of up-and-coming generations. It brought to mind something that I’ve noticed, as if all of a sudden, over the past year: This texting thing has become a real problem on the construction site. It’s as if the younger guys feel some obligation — a compulsion — to respond when their phones buzz at their hips. Add that to the strange argument that I’ve heard, around here, that legislation against texting while driving was an assault on the young, and I’m not ashamed to admit being a fuddy-duddy of the sort who just doesn’t get it.
I can’t imagine stopping work on a regular basis to send quick messages to my friends, wherever they might be. Frankly, if I run another project in the near future, I’ll have no tolerance for it. Similarly, I can’t imagine being caught texting while driving and not feeling as if I’ve done something wrong.
Obviously, I’m a fan of information technology and connectedness, but some of the effects are going to have much broader consequences than we currently comprehend.