on Jul 18, 2006
This FOX news story points out that there are 212 million mobile phones, meaning mobile phones are now a new addiction.
Does the word “addiction” even mean anything at this point? I can’t remember the last trend that didn’t get turned into an epidemic or an addiction by some hyperventilating goofball. If 212 million mobile phones is an addiction, then what of the regular landline phones? There are even more of them and people have been using them longer. Surely the landline phone addiction is worse than the mobile phone addiction! However, both are dwarfed by the rampant addiction Americans have for sleeping indoors and cooking their food before they eat it. Sadly, many Americans are also addicted to the grocery store: very few of them hunt or forage for their food. This is to say nothing of their addiction to sleeping and going to the bathroom.
Just because people do something often does not make the activity an addiction. Mobile phones are a new trend. They are popular because they are useful and convenient, not because Sprint has been spiking their units with opiates. Someday we’ll cross the threshhold on this and the news will stop talking about these crazies and their cell phones and they will start talking about the crazies who refuse to give up their landlines.
They refuse to give up their heavy, akward phone which is tied to a specific location? They must be addicted!
Now I’m going to go play Oblivion. I haven’t played in ten minutes and I’m getting the shakes.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.