Changing Culture

I just happened to sit in the waiting room for an extended period of time the past few days. One thing I realized is how much our culture has changed.

With just one object, the cell phone, I learned more about other people’s lives, thoughts and problems than I would ever had just five to ten years ago.

I think people sometimes forget when they have a cell phone they don’t have to answer it. Or, maybe they want others to hear about issues and events in their lives? Hmmm…that would be odd.

It was kind of neat to observe people’s behaviors in a public place. Some people keep to themselves while others engage in conversation freely. Without knowing who I am or what I do, one person was going on and on about how everyone that works for government should be in jail. A simple question stopped that one conversation… “Do you know that the police who arrest you and the people who run the jails work for the government?”

A group of three came in and made themselves right at home turning on the TV, watching day time soaps at near full volume. No worries, all the weird looks they received went unnoticed. Ah, then they answered their cell phone and had to speak above the volume of the TV. You can’t make this stuff up.

So technology has its benefits. The quickness of almost immediate connection, but it has also changed our culture a little, and the jury is still out on that.

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  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

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