A Walk Through the Mall
Things I learned on a stroll through the mall:
- People treat a real marketplace like a digital marketplace.
- The younger a person is, the more tuned out she is. She declines to interact with the environment around her.
- People aren’t talking on their phones; they’re texting.
- Phones aren’t in people’s pockets. They carry them in their hands at all times.1
- Young people keep their headphones in their ears even when they are indoors at the mall.
1 I once had a dream set in a seaside tourist town in Mozambique. Crime had become such a problem in this dream-town that the citizens carried their valuables in their hands. It would have been too dangerous to carry in their pockets; any hesitation to surrender their valuables could result in murder.