Technology & Doing unto Others

Can you remember what it was like before we had access to all of the electronics we have now? I remember when I was growing up, we were considered cool, if you had a boom box, walkman and you tipped the meter of the coolness scale if you had a portable cd player.

Nick and I were out to dinner a few weeks back and I was observing the table that was diagonal from ours. Yes, I was being nosy. It seemed to me, that it was a mother with two children. There was a teenage son and a young child that couldn’t have been older than five or six. The mother and son, were texting on their cell phones while the little girl sat there entertaining herself with the silverware. The little girl did not get any attention until she dropped the silverware then, who I am assuming was her mother, said very loudly to “cut it out.” The little girl just sat there and the mother went back to texting on her phone. I felt terrible for the little girl. Her only entertainment was the silverware and a napkin.

If you glance around you next time you are out, you will see lots of people texting, talking and playing games on their phones. It makes me very sad to see how many people are texting while they are driving. It makes me very happy that some places in Texas are banning talking on the phone while driving, unless it is done hands free.

I know I have been guilty of texting on the phone during dinner but, I have stopped because it irritates my hubby. He and I were out to dinner at Lone Star Steak House and he asked me to put my phone down. Since that time, I have made an effort to leave the phone down during dinner. I do normally take a picture of our food and then the phone gets put face down on the table. I am not even sure how the “take a picture of food” started but we both do it. J

When I am driving, I rarely answer my phone if it is ringing. I will never text and drive. I have watched way too many videos about texting and driving. I do not want to be responsible for someone’s death.

Texting and driving, texting during dinner, texting and not realizing what is going on around you is the downside of technology. I love having a smart phone because information is at my fingertips 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I am very much connected too my phone. It stays next to me on the nightstand because I use it as my alarm clock but when I am supposed to be sleeping, it goes on silent and face down. I place it face down because I do not want to see the blinking light. If I see that blinking light, I am going to be checking why it’s blinking.

What all this technology boils down too, is treat others how you want to be treated. Do you want to be ignored while someone texts on their phone while you are sitting right there? Do you want to be responsible for harming others by texting and driving? I sure don’t. If I can convince one person to put down the phone when they are driving, or even sitting out to dinner with a loved one then I am a happy person.

I would love it, if you would pass this message on. We could save a life!

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

I pray you have a blessed Saturday.

Peggy Eileen

2 thoughts on “Technology & Doing unto Others

  1. Vicky Biers says:

    This is so true. Texting and Facebook have taken the intimacy out of communication. I rarely get a phone call from anyone. It means so much more to me to talk to a person rather than get a text or see something on Facebook. I do text at times and appreciate receiving text messages from friends and family. However, if you know me, please call me.


  2. Emily says:

    That story about the little girl is so sad! 😦 I admit to being an avid texter/phone person, but it’s usually because I’m bored. If there were a kid there, begging to be played with, why would I need to play with my phone??? 😛 People’s priorities have gotten so skewed, it’s important not to lose perspective 🙂


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