The way we communicate with each other has undergone a radical transformation since the first grunts and gesticulations of our primeval, cave-dwelling ancestors. It is no longer considered socially acceptable to impose our will on others by battering them into submission with a club as was their crude custom(although , on looking around one could be forgiven for thinking that little has changed).
It is now commonplace for innocent bystanders to be subjected to a more sophisticated form of assualt on the senses -the insistent penetrating squawks of mobile telephones.
These modern ‘weapons’ seem to have become virtually an appendage to the anatomy of many people. They are increasingly seen being drawn from their ‘holsters’ with the speed and dexterity of the Colt 45s wielded by the old western gunfighters. their exponents have quickly perfected the use of these instruments of torture
They appear to have developed an instinctive appreciation of the areas in which they can create the most havoc, restaurants,trains or any location where the victims are trapped and at the mercy of the demon diallers.Having assured themselves that the hapless bystanders have no possible means of escape they are then subjected to a constant stream of inconsequential trivia and personal revelations often more appropriate to the ‘Agony Aunt’ coloumn of a popular magazine.
The captive audience is loudly informed of the ‘poser’s social arrangements, financial status, gastranomic preferences and latest amorous exploits and all this in an assumed pose of studied nonchalance and self-absorption which says, “I an the centre of the universe and you are merely an insignificant tick completely beneath my notice.
This chronic ‘plague’ has swept the country infecting every strata of society.
Universal saturation is inevitable as the cost of these ‘weapons’ comes within the scope of everyone internationally.
Imagine being the teacher of a class of ten year-olds as they attend to their social arrangements amid the bedlam – any more stressed-out theachers seeking early retirement.
The situation however may not be impossible. Recent research has suggested that constant use of mobiles may have a detrimental effect on the admittedly small area of grey matter of the users themselves. The danger of sprouting a premature radiant halo may ring warning bells and give us, the ‘immobile’ public a measure of respite.