December 14, 2010, - 2:07 pm
I’ve been at the doctor’s office, today, regarding a knee injury, and something I saw in the examining room reminded me of a commercial that irks me.
An AT&T ad that is running on TV says that AT&T makes the world your living room. But I really don’t want people to think the world is their living room. That’s kind of the problem. Too many people think they can do and say whatever they wish without regard to common courtesy because they think the world is their living room. And that’s in no small part to the many high tech devices and services AT&T and others offer. I don’t want to hear your loud fights with your boyfriend on your cellphone or read your texts while I’m at the movies.
And, so it goes, with this rudeness even inside the doctors office . . . while he is treating you. My doctor, who’s a great doctor and friend, was forced to post signs in each examining room, which read:
PLEASE TURN OFF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES
INCLUDING CELL PHONES
WHEN A STAFF MEMBER OR DOCTOR
IS ASSISTING YOU IN THE EXAM ROOM.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.
It’s a sad day in America when doctors must post stuff like this in their own offices. If you’re talking on your cellphone while the doctor is trying to examine and treat you, you’re a moron and a jackass. And you deserve to be sick. It’s natural selection. When a doctor is forced to put up a sign about the obvious required behavior, it’s a sign. When I noted the sign and how ridiculous it is that a doctor actually needs to post that in every room, he said, “Well, you know everyone is in their own little world.” See. Exactly what I mean. They now all think the world is their living room.
I don’t look for any of this to get better. I do, however, look for it to get worse and the rudeness to increase. It’s all yet another symptom and manifestation of the decline, dumbing down, and defining deviancy down of America.
Having a cell phone doesn’t make you civilized. I’m beginning to think it’s actually a convenience that increases your lack of civility, when so many who use one can’t bring themselves to hang up even for a doctor’s exam and their own health–when it’s so bad, the doctor has to post signs. Like anything else, it’s not about the device, but the people using them. Still, I see a steep increase in rudeness and lack of civility associated with it. As more Americans got the phones and texting ability, there was definitely a correlation. And it continues.
America . . . a nation of morons on their cell phones in the examining room. Pathetic.
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