There seems to be an alarming trend on the rise or out of control rather. You have probably dealt with a phone zombie at some point. We were walking into a large local store recently and the person ahead of us was rather proud of her personal cell phone. She chose to share a personal conversation with anyone in earshot and was loud enough that everyone within a one mile radius must have heard her. Everyone knows now that this person is afraid that her “man” has been talking to another female and she is angry and extremely insecure about it. We went in the opposite direction and can honestly say that we don’t know how or if the conversation ended.
This is not an isolated event. It does not matter the age or social background of these cell phone zombies, they are equal opportunity offenders and are willing to share their private conversations publicly. The sound of an incoming call sends these people into an odd type of alternate reality and various pieces of personal information will be shared. This makes me wonder if these zombies would normally broadcast such personal information without the aid of a cell phone.
Maybe there is something to this. If you are a reporter and want to interview someone to get the “scoop”, perhaps you should hand the interviewee a cell phone. They will spill their info. Imagine the witness on the witness stand, hand them a cell phone and they will tell all. Interviewing an applicant for a job? Simply ask them to use their cell phone. Have a question for your teen? Once again, let them hold their cell phone up to their ear. The possibilities are endless.
Remember to use caution when dealing with these zombies. The phone call has a negative impact on their ability to exhibit consideration for others, most especially in stores. The phone seems to make them forget that people other than themselves exist. Something happens to these people when their phone rings. Their eyes change and they apparently enter into some type of trance. Common sense and courtesy exit their body. The phone zombie is about to broadcast their conversation. You will be assaulted one way or another if you are in the vicinity. Keep your small children close when you see these phone zombies, they will not hesitate to run over a small child or anyone for that matter, with their buggy.
Technology has improved our lives in many ways. Cell phones are an example, if used properly. It is odd that we have come so far, yet we have not advanced in the areas of courtesy and self control. We should remember that if we are speaking in public, that those around us can hear what we are saying. You may feel that your call is “safe” and no one is listening, but if you are in public that doesn’t matter. Be careful what you share!