The airport is a fantastic place to observe how our society has evolved over the years, specifically the way we communicate and who we communicate with. Walking through Washington Reagan airport in DC (DCA) today I passed by the shoe shine stand. Two gentlemen were getting their shoes shined, and you guessed it: looking at their smartphone. I’m not judging at all. Look what I’m doing at this very moment; posting a blog from my smartphone.
I’m as guilty as the next of doing this. Cab rides, waiting rooms, restaurant tables. I don’t see the use of technology in the settings as positive or negative, just evolved. Before smartphones, you could connect with total strangers seated next to you at the airport gate. Now you can connect with whomever you please. Strangers on social media. Family via phone conversation. Friends via Skype. Or even…the stranger next to you.
Who do you connect with in a room full of strangers?