There is a sixth dimension beyond that which is comprehended by man. It is a dimension as vast as space yet as limited as one’s physical surroundings. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of addiction, preoccupation, and mind control. It is the middle ground between reality and pseudo-interaction with global beings, between the world that man lives in and the virtual world in which man desires to exist. And it lies between the summit of his knowledge and the armpit of his limitations brought about by a cellular signal and data usage limits. You’re moving into a land of both substances and shadow, of physicality and vacuity. You’ve just crossed over into…the Cell Phone Zone.
It’s true. The zombies have taken over. It happened while we were texting, reading Facebook statuses, checking emails, playing with Friends.
These are all former souls who used to engage in the here-and-now. They used to tell jokes (verbally). They used to laugh. They used to interact. They used to focus on where they were going.
Yet now, they’re all seemingly distracted, by whatever lurks on the other side of that cellular device. They drive (or attempt to drive) while talking, texting, googling a nearby restaurant, pinning random stuff, or posting photos on Instagram.
They can be easily spotted if you look around. It’s the erratic driver in front of you that just went up on the curb. It’s the guy going 45 miles on the freeway. It’s the Chatty Cathy who just blatantly pulled out in front you, all the while laughing into her phone. You can only imagine that she’s telling the also unfocused recipient on the other end how she almost just caused a 5-car pileup.
At one time, you might have assumed you were witnessing a drunk driver. But now, it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. I’m not sure which is worse.
In my own little experiment this week, I decided to count how many drivers were on cell phones this week as I headed home from work. Note that I was a passenger and not doing this little experiment while driving. Here in South Carolina, where it’s still legal to use a handheld device while driving, 8 out of 10 drivers were yakking. Amazing.