In a Herald photo on Dec. 9 sat two people in bar swings, he texting or otherwise occupied with his cell phone, and she, although smiling, with her cell phone in hand.
That photo was a sad commentary on the country, maybe even the world, today, that in a place where people used to spend time talking to each other, unless one or the other asked to be left alone, the cell phone is the priority, not the person one is with or the person one might have gotten to know well enough to carry on a nice conversation had one not been so pre-occupied with his cell phone.
Nothing says “you don’t matter” more than being in the company of someone who is ignoring you and giving all his attention to his cell phone and whomever he might be ‘conversing’ with or playing a game with. Perhaps it’s time for some new rules of etiquette and common courtesy?
West Palm Beach