Sunday 11 December 2016

Mobile phones allow parents today to abdicate their responsibilities

Published 31/08/2015 | 02:30

'We took the Wi-Fi out of our pub so people have to talk to each other'
'We took the Wi-Fi out of our pub so people have to talk to each other'

Strange, isn't it, how small annoyances get inside our heads and drive us cracked? The annoyances mightn't even register as any more than a subliminal flicker with anyone else.

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So there I am, lying on the couch, watching the television and the phone goes off. Up I get and start to search for my phone, but it's not my phone that's doing all the ringing - it's the one on the television, owned by a bank robber. He's a killer. About eight slaughtered so far and at least nine wounded. But did all that mayhem bother me? No. It was his phone going off. People's phones going off on TV drives me mad, especially in ads. And it's not even my ringtone.

I lost my phone a few days ago. Even now as I write, I can feel the ringtone running up against my thigh, even though the phone isn't there. It's like when someone loses a limb, they can still feel the missing leg.

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