I don't want to believe that the decent America I once knew has become a nation of selfish and rude narcissists but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that the addiction that many people have to cell phones has grown into an epidemic of mass rude behavior. Two weeks ago I rode in the Quiet Car of a Northeast Metroliner Amtrak train where the rules are no talking at all but passengers may use their laptops quietly.
But the rules did not matter at all to two people talking loudly on their cell phones until a conductor finally asked them to stop and turn the phones off. So was it shame on them for breaking the rules or shame on me for not complaining sooner?
At a public outdoor event on Sunday, the chair of an event asked people to stay in their seats and not rush forward to take pictures of the ceremony because they would have a chance to take pictures right after the ceremony ended. But many ignored the request and rushed forward to block the aisles and the view of others anyway. They showed no consideration for other audience members behind them. Nor did they care about honoring the request of the event host who was working hard to make sure everyone could see.
I use a cell phone for voice calls only and I turn the ringer to vibrate when I am asked to do so. But people who text and take pictures constantly on an electronic device I believe are the victims of an emotional addiction to anti-social isolation. They live in their own worlds and have no common courtesy or respect for the rights of others.
Am I right or am I just being an old fuddy duddy again? Do you think excessive text, email, and picture taking uses of electronic devices are a form of behvioral addiction? Why or why not? Is there a certain personality disorder that makes some people think that rules and manners never apply to them?