Visit any restaurant, shopping mall, airport, or public place these days, and you'll notice something that at one time would have been considered "odd." A good percentage of the people are not talking to anyone, or listening to anyone - not even the people they're with. Instead, they're busy with their mobile phones - not talking on the phone, but updating their social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The phones are not automatically placed on the table in full view of their owners, who don't want to miss a Tweet or direct message.
Now, granted, this does solve the eating-in-public-awkwardness for people like me. Back in the old days (circa 2005), I used to have to either bring a magazine or book to avoid eye contact with the public while I was waiting for my food or for the movie to start. Now, I can just obsessively check my Facebook updates and e-mail (same as I do at home). But for people with families, friends, lives - isn't this s problem?! At what point does this just become plain bad manners?
Hat-tip, Mashable: Socikal Media will Tear your Family Apart (Parody)
Also see, WebReve Blog: Are you a Web Addict?
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.