Yes, you canít go anywhere these days without seeing people walking (or driving) around with a cell phone plastered to their ear like itís impossible to function without one. Makes you would how people ever manage to live before cell phones were invented.
What makes the above story so funny is that itís so likely true. I can easily imagine something like this happening now a days. More than once Iíve been in public and began to respond to something someone near me said- only to realize they were talking on a cell phone- not to me.
This guy is in the supermarket and an attractive girl walks by and says something about seeing him and wanting to meet him, etc. When the guy returns the girl's apparent interest, she says "What?", and we see she was talking to a cell phone hidden by her hair. Then, at the check-out, the guy is in line and the girl is behind him saying, "I'm sorry about the misunderstanding. What was it you were trying to tell me?" And, again, the guy speaks to the girl and she is again using her cell phone and looks at him like he's a clueless jerk.
I have the same experience as you guys: seeing young people in malls with cell phones stuck to their ears, having non-stop conversations (with people they probably just left, or with whom they speak ALL the time) while surrounded by people doing the same thing around them. I think, "Hey, get a life! Stop living your life through that device and learn to have a normal face-to-face interaction!"
On the other hand, people have the same complaint about my "meeting" and "talking" with people via the internet, and watching too much sports. I think the last generation of Americans that really developed conversational skills were the parents of Baby Boomers.
While cell phones are certainly useful at times, I suspect that 90% of the conversations are quite unnecessary. The fact that people managed to conduct business and live their lives for many years before they were invented proves that. I think a lot of it is just a status thing. It reminds me of when small portable VHF ham transceivers became available in the 1970s and many of my ham friends would hang around in public places talking on them mainly to show they could what ďordinary folksĒ couldnít. Ofcourse cell phones are so ordinary now that having one is no big deal anymore, but I suppose using one shows you are affluent enough to afford the rather high air-time charges.