I was commenting on their mindset, not my own.
As was I. In more of a "here's a statement not aimed at anyone in particular" style.
Mine is precisely the opposite and I'll thank you very much to keep that in mind.
Eh... I'll forget in a few minutes. Trust me.
Mr. Moderator. Sir.
Bah, no mod voice here. I just coat check people at the door.
Yeah, I spend a lot of time discussing pretty harsh subject matter, it's easy to forget that on most of the internet, people don't want to hash stuff like this out.
I hope this never becomes a "safe space"... a "speak to each other decently space" is my preference.
EDIT: You were right in pointing out that it's more of a smartphone thing than anything else; which, of course, just makes me grumble about "freakin' n00bs". I'm VERY CRABBY. Sorry, I try to watch that.
For me it's not the cellphone, so much as it's the "attention span"?
For example a buddy of mine's nephew will be watching a movie on the tv, watching youtube on his laptop, playing a game on phone, doing something on his tablet, all at the same time. It comes across to us as though he isn't bothering to pay attention to anything in particular.
/goes outside to shake his cane at the hoodlums looking at his lawn
I make that joke, as I usually do, and it suddenly dawns on me... I have a lawn. Not like "ah finally, I have a lawn, I'm all grown up now", but in the "oh no, I have a lawn, I'm an adult" sense of dread.