What is it with young women and mobile phones?

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What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by BJ. » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:53 am

I first used a mobile phone in 1990 and I fully appreciate just how important and useful they can be. However, the modern trend for people (mainly young women) to walk along, constantly gazing at the phone prominently clutched in their hand, baffles me. I get sick and tired of having to take avoiding action because these people aren't looking where they're going.

Earlier this morning, I watched a young woman walking two dogs on separate leads. One was held in her left hand whilst the other lead was looped over her right wrist as she was holding her phone with her right hand. She paid little attention to the dogs and had minimal control over them as she was too engrossed in her phone.

Could someone please explain to me why they do this? Is it so crucial to be constantly checking the phone in case a call, email or text message comes in? If I receive any of these whilst I'm out walking, I take my phone out of my pocket and answer it - I do not wander round with it clasped in my hand, advertising to all and sundry that I have a mobile phone.

I wonder how many people have had their phones stolen by opportunist thieves coming up behind them, grabbing the device and legging it.
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Rizzo » Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:27 pm

May I observe it's not just young women....young men equally glued to their mobiles. I watched a lad (student age) walk round from Southgates as I drove slowly round the corner heading into the car park at lunchtime today. He had earphones in, and was talking to himself - so he was either having a phone conversation or singing along with music. Whichever it was, he was oblivious, walked right out across the entrance to the car park without stopping or glancing round. Only the reaction speed of the chap in the van in front of me stopped an accident.

In Leicester city centre there has been an increase in people having phones snatched by someone (often on a bike) as they walk along talking on their mobile. Particularly as it's getting dark earlier, it's asking for trouble to have a phone in your hand and not pay attention to things around you as you walk.

Mobiles are a useful tool to have, for many things, but I do despair of those who seem permanently glued to them whatever the situation. The Other Half and I went out for coffee last weekend and watched a couple on the next table both on their phones the whole time, not even conversing or looking at each other. Sad.
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by BJ. » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:02 am

I think this exemplifies exactly what I'm talking about. I haven't stopped laughing since I first read it half an hour ago.
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Isambard » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:11 am

There now. Feathers smoothed.
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Rizzo » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:49 am

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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by fleabane » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:13 pm

I have lost count of the number of times I have taken evasive action to avoid a mobile phone user when walking along the pavement. Today for the third time, I had to do the same whilst in the car to avoid a head-on collision with a person texting whilst driving.

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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Isambard » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:53 pm

Terrible terrible.

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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Noddy555 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:33 am

Re mobile phones, as an old codger whose been using them for the last 25 years, the thing I like about them is the Texting function. But it takes me ages to send a text as I refuse to use text shorthand like gr8 or tomoz, or CU. Use proper English for god's sake, or perhaps you don't speak it?

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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by DickyP » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:33 am

Noddy555 wrote:Re mobile phones, as an old codger whose been using them for the last 25 years, the thing I like about them is the Texting function. But it takes me ages to send a text as I refuse to use text shorthand like gr8 or tomoz, or CU. Use proper English for god's sake, or perhaps you don't speak it?
After many discussions with teenage/younger users of such phones I can assure you Noddy the reason such shorthand is used is not so much speed as that they can't actually spell the many of the words and have only the haziest concept of sentence construction and grammar.
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Noddy555 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:35 pm

Thank you Dicky for making that clear, having been a teacher at a college of further education, I often bemoaned the lack of reading,writing and maths skills of 16 year olds straight from school. Even those with supposedly good grades at O level.

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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by old one eye » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:52 pm

Mrs One eye walked off the sea wall at Cromer in 1964 aged 8 whilst taking photographs on a box brownie camera.

The kids of today have not invented stupidity.

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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by BJ. » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:29 am

old one eye wrote:The kids of today have not invented stupidity.
True but some of them seem to be getting it down to a fine art.
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by DickyP » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:55 am

BJ. wrote:
old one eye wrote:The kids of today have not invented stupidity.
True but some of them seem to be getting it down to a fine art.
Also agreed - but fair's fair - must give them full marks for effort! :smt023
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by Old Hob » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:18 pm

Last night, in the dark I narrowly avoided a head- down texting young man who had the added advantage of his wearing huge earphones. (I have also seen cyclists on unlit bicycles on unlit roads texting and wearing earphones.)
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Re: What is it with young women and mobile phones?

Post by DickyP » Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:18 pm

Old Hob wrote:Last night, in the dark I narrowly avoided a head- down texting young man who had the added advantage of his wearing huge earphones. (I have also seen cyclists on unlit bicycles on unlit roads texting and wearing earphones.)
Actually bikes are another topic which probably irks me even more! I am a cyclist and do three things which set me aside from most other cyclists:

1. I use lights, front and back, after dark.
2. I only cycle on designated cycle paths, otherwise on roads.
3. I stop at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

One other thing that sets me apart from the fanatical fringe is that I refuse to wear lycra!!

It is very difficult to get drivers to heed cyclists when virtually without exception cyclists pay no heed to the rules of the road or to others.

In counting cyclists when driving to and from work over a three year period I found consistently that about 85% had no lights whatsoever, 7% had either a front or rear light, and just 8% had front and rear lights. Of course, it may have been worse as without lights I may well have missed other cyclists in the dark.
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