Joey and Susy are sitting in the living room talking about baseball players who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame trying to remember who the inductees were a few years back. Susy is positive it was one player, while Joey swears it was someone different. Joey says hold on, runs out of the room and Googles the information. Susy sits in the living room awkwardly because the conversation has died.
Now change the scenario and instead of Joey leaving the room to look up the information, he pulls out his iPhone to look it up. That still leaves Susy sitting awkwardly on the sofa because the conversation is still dead because Joey is focused on the phone.
In the world we live today, we are used to having instant access to information. While people may think twice about actually abandoning a conversation to leave the room to look something up, most think nothing of pulling out their smart phone to do the same thing.
Even though the iPhone caused a frenzy when it was released last year, the glamor has started to fade and a lot of people are finding the iPhone grating on their nerves, according to this article in the Baltimore Sun.
Many of the people interviewed said they are sick of others whipping out their iPhone every five seconds to confirm or disprove some random fact mentioned in a conversation. It’s a conversation killer because all other parties except the iPhone user are left standing around while he or she searches for the information.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely hating on iPhones. In fact, if I could afford one, I’d love to have one. I just think people need to use discretion about when they are going to pull it out to look something up.
Say you’re out running errands and want to know movie times for the evening. That’s a completely valid reason for looking up things on the iPhone.
Same with looking up phone numbers, addresses or getting directions to somewhere we need to be.
But if you are pulling out your phone to dispute every fact a friend, family member or co-worker is saying, you will annoy them. No one likes a know-it-all, and in many ways, that’s what the iPhone is creating — a bunch of self-righteous know-it-alls. But the iPhone know-it-alls are the worst kind because they don’t necessarily know anything, they just know how to look stuff up.
So next time you’re tempted to prove someone wrong, pause for a minute before you reach for the iPhone. Is it really an immediate need-to-know?