Let me explain. The other day on my leisure drive into work, I caught a visual of two very dangerous trollers. First, I spotted a woman walking her dog. No problems, right? Well, she was mesmerized by her device, no doubt trolling cyberspace, maybe stalking your Facebook page, when her dog began to head towards the road. This device-addicted lady didn’t realize it but she was headed towards the road. I could see from a distance her trajectory was my lane. Right as the dog stepped off of the curb, she notices and course corrects the little guy.
The next person was a young man who was running towards a bus stop while trolling the internet. This young man almost ran into a person and a pole…twice! I was able to watch his progress longer due to my being at a red light.
Trolling the internet while in motion- pedestrian or automotive makes us dangerous people. We generally hear about the automotive dangers, but the pedestrian dangers are no less real. Nowadays I doubt most of the cell phone staring while driving is strictly texting. I’d say it’s safe to assume many are trolling the likes of Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pintrest and the internet in general…not just texting. These people feel superior when they see the sign: “don’t text and drive” because they arrogantly scoff: “I’m tweeting..not texting, so its legal”. When dwelling on the realities of “trolling makes us dangerous” a thought kept creeping into my mind. That thought was: “what is so important on that dang phone that we’d be willing to become a danger?”
If we walk, drive, run or play with a phone ever before us, not only are we missing out (as explained previously in other posts) but we are literally putting our selves and others at risk. What could ever be worth putting ourselves or others in harms way?
The short answer? Nothing!
Here are the things we troll for and what we can do instead of being dangerous.
– Notifications. These buggers just seem to beg we check them now. That tiny little icon on our device tells us we have a new: email, tweet, Facebook like or Facebook message as well as a new pin on Pintrest our favorite pinner just pinned! ANSWER: Don’t care so much about notifications and if you do…stop them from popping up by turning them off.
– A desire to see this or that persons profile. For some reason, our culture is obsessed with cyber stalking. We love to spend hours looking at people’s photos, status updates, pins, tweets, likes and a host of other really creepy things. We don’t know why, except that we love to be “up-to-date”. ANSWER: stop caring so much about other people’s lives (especially the girl from HS who never replies to your messages, likes or comments anyways…move on) and protect your own life! Live in the real, the flesh and blood world. You may just save your dogs life.
– You forgot to order that thing on Amazon. Your driving down the road and you realize: “CRAP! I totally forgot to get that iPhone cover!” You think to yourself that if you don’t order it right now you will forget and you will never get that darn case. Or, you realize that if you order it after you get home it’s going to take a whole other day before you can place your beloved god in it’s shrine…I mean phone in it’s case. ANSWER: wait the extra day, miss running into that pole with your face…or your car. Trust me- if your face or your car are broken…you won’t care about the case.
I hope my point in these past few “How Trolling the Internet Makes Us…” series has been made. Put the devices and computers down and enjoy some more real life.
What are some other reasons we check our devices while in motion?