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December 22, 2007 / Amy Bradney-George

Tech Troubles

Picture this: you go to a food court to have a quick coffee with your sister/friend before doing some Christmas shopping in the city. You plan on having a bit of a chat because the last week or so has been hectic and the two of you haven’t caught up. Sure, there’s the noise of other city-goers, lunches and straggly groups of teenagers enjoying the school holidays, but you expect that in the city anyway.

What you may not expect is to have a giant TV screen right in front of you. With sound. Playing daytime TV at home isn’t something I enjoy doing, let alone having one sitting in front of me while I’m out and have a million other things going on around me. What happened to reading a newspaper, book, or talking to someone in person or even on the phone while you’re having a break? Do people actually enjoy watching this stuff while they’re eating?

And the worst part, the line-crosser, is that these TVs (note the plural) were throughout the food court. I couldn’t escape them so long as I was there.

Is this what technology should be used for?

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