I’m not a multitasker.
It’s weird. I’m female; it’s “supposed” to come naturally to us.
But I’m not a multitasker—and I’m not afraid to admit it.
I have a one-track mind and the ability to (most times) focus on one task at a time and complete it before going to another.
Sadly, this doesn’t stop my mind from wandering during these tasks.
Anyway, this post isn’t about me and my mess of a mind.
It’s about people. People with cellphones.
Using your phone while driving is dangerous. Everyone knows that. Some people don’t think it applies to them, but we won’t talk about that just yet.
Now, texting and driving is bad. The absolute worst, since it requires that you take your eyes off the road….and that’s just taboo in driving.
But taking a phone call while driving shouldn’t be a problem right? Especially, if you’re using the hands-free function. You’ll have both eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. This is safe…right?
Apparently, most people are not able to handle it.
Several times, I’ve had to deal with folks driving at snail speed on the expressway. At first, I think they were in danger or having car trouble. Then I pull up beside them and see that they’re absolutely fine and there’s nothing wrong with their vehicles.
They have lost touch with reality—at the worst possible time—because they’re on the phone.
And it doesn’t only apply to driving.
If you’ve read a few of my posts, you’ll know I hate phone calls. Especially the ones that drag on with no purpose or apparent ending.
Well, it seems I’m not the only one that hates phone conversations. Apparently, everyone does.
Because, why else would people get physically restless, and start doing mundane physical activities while having a phone conversation?
Reason: talking to someone who is not physically present means one needs to fill the void created by having only one part of the interactive brain engaged (the talking part), while the other part (the body language part) remains inactive.
As usual, I’m sure there are studies on this issue. I haven’t searched for or seen any so… Google is your friend. These are just my thoughts.
However, I am pointing it out to you, dear reader, so that you are aware of it and and are able to take conscious, mindful steps to ensure that you’re not a physical nuisance (on the road, off the road, in your bedroom, anywhere) when you’re mentally engaged in a phone conversation.
I typed this watching a perfectly composed young man turn into a restless klutz as he received a phone call and began to express his frustration about standing on the long queue at the bank. He started touching and knocking things over, trying to fill in the void caused by having only one part of his brain engaged in the conversation. It did not look great at all.
On a lighter note, there’s a hilarious video of a dangerous experiment done on a mom by her daughter that trended last April… I couldn’t find it but I’ll post it on the blog’s Instagram page when I do.
I tried it on my mom and had similar results. Only, my mom is possibly one of the most mindful people I’ve ever met, so she caught on quickly.
I’m not gonna show that video though!
I’d love to hear what you think about this, leave a comment below!