Texting while driving isn’t the only problem. Texting while walking is a close second, followed by texting while eating, texting in the elevator and texting while doing anything else. I was practically run over by a pedestrian on the sidewalk who was texting while they were walking. They weren’t looking where they were going, what could have been so important?
Now that is what I really don’t get, you are merely walking down the street—do you have to let someone know about your every step? What are you going to talk to the person about when you actually see them? Or are you going to be in the same room and just text them?
What really ticks me off is when I am with a friend at a movie or dining out and they pull out their cell phone during the movie or play and start texting.
Didn’t they see the request on the screen to please put turn off their cell phones? That is so disturbing to see that LED light from the cell phone all over the theater I find it to be flat out rude.
How about this—most of the time these people are sending messages back to Facebook to let people know they are at the movie. Are you kidding me? Do you think somebody really cares?
One of the worst things I’ve witnessed is four people out to lunch together all texting and reading emails, no one talking to each other. Today’s technology is really having an effect on people; a lot of younger people don’t know how to interact with others. They may be educated but their people skills are lacking. No wonder all of these new gadgets begin with I, I-Phone, I-Pad, it is all about the individual.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some places of employment start to restrict cell phones from the work place. Some people are finding it hard to work because they are on the cell phone all day. I am trying very hard not to talk on the phone while driving, let alone texting. It is distracting, trying to drive 60 miles an hour, keep your eyes on the road and maintain the conversation.
I saw a marquee at church that sums it up so well. Honk if you love Jesus, text while driving if you want to meet him. I like the campaign that ATT developed, that’s right even ATT doesn’t want you to text and drive, they would like you to continue paying your bill and being a customer.
But seriously, last month they introduced the pledge to never text and drive, their message is simple “when it comes to texting and driving it can wait.” What the pledge means: no text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting while driving, no text is worth the risk it can wait. Check it out at www.itcanwait.com.
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