Do you remember what we actually *did* on CTA trains and buses before the proliferation of smartphones?
You know, before we had our heads down, our hands tightly clenching a rectangle with a four-inch wide screen? I figure this might have been as late 2008 or 2009. By 2010 smartphones were really becoming the go-to cellphone of choice.
Here’s what I remember people doing:
- Read the newspaper. I wonder if readership of the Redeye has dropped between 2008 and today?
- Peruse magazines. Yes, remember them? Quite a few have bitten the dust since the dawn of smartphones, including Newsweek.
- Read a book. A real book. The kind you hold in two hands and weighs much more than a Kindle or Nook.
- Look out the window. Daydream. Check out the terrain. There’s still plenty of good things to look at, just not many people doing it.
- Talk to other people. You probably recall that. Maybe you’ve even done it lately. Interesting stuff, that talking business.
I suggest that maybe we all should try doing one of the above again. Could be something different.
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