A teen age plus girl talking into her cell phone stepped right into the traffic, may be to cross the road.. The bike guy in front, I was right behind him in my car, stood on his brakes to stop and missed her by inches. While the biker sat stunned, I saw the girl shouting at him though I could not hear what she was saying and continued, perhaps telling her friend how a reckless bum nearly killed her. Right of way for the jay walker on cell phone ?
A ‘what if’ situation, imagine the scene, the bike had hit her. She may have got away with a few bruises, cannot imagine the guy’s fete, though it may have been a minor accident.
People would have sprouted like ants in a sweet environment from nowhere and taken law into their hands and taken the girl’s side, fault or no fault.
In our country, the grade and size of the vehicle decides the sympathy. Between a truck and a car, its the truck, a car and a bike it is the car, a bike and cycle or pedestrian, it is the bike that gets the treatment.
I remember an ad suggesting to walk while on your phone, since its an exercise while talking. Multitasking.
They don’t tell you, that their signal range from one end of the room to the other at many places can put you out of limits. And our footpaths, where there is one, has some surprise openings to a drainage where you fall into and can either break a leg or end up swimming with one hand and your cell phone in the other, may be ,still, talking.
Doing something else while talking over the phone is considered as a stylish multitasking. How do you like the situation, while you are talking, the other person’s eyes are on the WhatsApp messages and in between keeps muttering hmm, hmm, once in a while looking up with a ‘ ya I am listening’.
Another common sight is two wheeler riders without helmets, cell phone on the shoulder and held by tilted neck , talking and zig zagging their way through the traffic.
We will realise the good of drunken and cell talk driving only in an emergency situation which calls for quick reflexes, until then… happy driving.
There was a time when I felt proud of multi tasking and was an admirer of a multitasker , not any more. It gave me an illusion of living many lives at the same time. We are, in reality, doing one thing, switching to another to another and back and forth..This switching of thoughts ends up in stress. It robs us of attention, focus and quality.
A,J,Jacobs author of my life as an experiment says” between two activities there is a few milliseconds of startup cost. He says the multitasking costs the economy $650 billion”. Difficult to believe, may be we can plus minus $10.
We come home, take our shoes off with one hand , untie our tie, if we are wearing one, with the other and take the car keys out of the pocket while still on the phone and later when we want to go out we cannot find the keys. We blame it on loss of memory. Lack of awareness, attention, focus.
Reading a book or messages in chat while having breakfast, cooking while watching a TV, listening to music while studying or driving, emailing while on the phone may give you a satisfaction of completing two jobs, however your enjoyment level will be low and it may take more time than doing it individually. Remember the loss in switching time ?
One of the craziest multitasking I have seen is a manager attending two conference calls at the same time with two telephones and the mute buttons. It was very similar to posting to the wrong group in today’s WhatsApp world.
I was listening to the 104 fever FM station in the radio. A contest was on, the radio station calls a random phone number and the receiver has to say 104 fever as the first response, to win a price of Rs one lakh. Here how it went
There is a ringing sound and
:”congratulations, you win a price of Rs1 lakh and 4000, Where are you now?”
“I am so excited, I am in the bathroom, let me come out and talk to you”
And then there is a sound of flushing.
The RJ says :”You can take the prize, I don’t want to talk to a guy with his pants down at the ankles”. And disconnects the guy off. This poor guy may have taken the phone in, due to the pressure call when the contest was on. Look at the outcome of multitasking.
Too many commitments over a short period, trying to please everyone all the time, afraid to lose a customer, fear of disconnection, multitasking may not be the solution.. Do not blame the quality after multi tasking. I may look slow while unitasking. I am not.
You need not agree on my take on multi tasking, at least take care of walking the talking. Also beware of guys on their feet or bikes, who grabs your phone and scoots
At times, even I do walk the talk on phone, one never learns.