Isn’t it the thing to do when you are in an awkward situation? Picture this, you are walking from your lecture classroom to the library and you see someone that you know approaching you from the other direction. Chances are one of you is either checking the time, texting, or pretending to be talking to somebody on the cell phone.
Or picture this one: you are waiting for someone to pick you up from a coffee shop. Instead of looking like a weirdo doing nothing but staring at people (which some people openly do and admit it), you pretend like you are doing something important on your cell phone. Isn’t it awesome? I do it all the time. Maybe I just feel like I have to be doing something when I am in a crowded place.
I can’t just do nothing (like I do when I’m not around many people). Maybe we just naturally always have to be doing something with our hands. Maybe. Moments when I take out my cell phone without a need to do so:
- Walking from building to building on campus, or around a shopping center – Hey, I mean, it IS possible that someone sent me a text message and in those 3 minutes that I wasn’t looking at my cell phone.
- When I make eye contact with a stranger – I don’t know what happens! My hand just reaches for my cell phone to at least check the time. Well that’s what I tell myself anyway.
- Just to see my home screen/background picture – That’s the only way to call that action. If any of you have an iPhone or any other touchscreen phone, don’t you just like unlocking your phone by doing the little sliding motion thing on your screen? I do that thing just for the fun of it.
Next time you take out your cell phone, pay attention and notice if you are doing it because you want to, or if it was a reflex to one of the above situations. Oh yeah, and it’s awkward if you get caught. C’mon, let’s say that you are actually talking to yourself pretending that you are actually talking to someone when suddenly your phone starts ringing.
Exception: On the FML app on my phone, I recently read of a man that actually bought a Bluetooth so that he could talk to himself while he was in his car so that people wouldn’t think that he was crazy. That’s not crazy, I’m sure a lot of people do it. Right?