Rocky View Publishing reporter doesnt want to hear your phone pitch
Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. This can mean any number of things to you, as every person, couple or family has their own traditions.
One of the most common traditions is gathering around the dinner table and eating to the verge of paralysis. Before everyone retires to the couch, however, there is the dinner itself and the table talk that comes with it.
What does Thanksgiving tradition have to do with this column? Nothing really, but it was a timely and convenient segue into what I actually wanted to touch on, and that’s the newest conversation topic to avoid at the dinner table, (and anywhere else really).
When I was growing up, it was an unwritten rule to not discuss religion or politics at the dinner table; all that these subjects did was rile people up and nothing was ever solved or agreed upon, besides disagreement.
I’m certain that this isn’t exclusive to my family, as these topics lend to challenging the deeply rooted beliefs of individuals, and changing someone’s political or religious views just isn’t all that commonplace.
“Well you’ve brought up some very enlightening points Uncle Joe, I think I will in fact convert from Catholicism to Scientology, where do I sign?” said no one ever.
I would like to take this opportunity to add a third topic to the list of arguments that never end up with a winner and thus should be avoided if at all possible, and that subject is cell phones.
Perhaps I should clarify by saying smart phones rather than cell phones. In the cell phone era the variety was vast, but in the age of smart phones, it’s all but a two-horse race between the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy.
This has led to the ongoing battle between users of either platform as to which is “better.” If you want to incite a heated debate that will go nowhere, float the idea to a group of your friends that you’re considering upgrading your phone and can’t decide between the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.
The argument that will ensue will be about as logical as debating which colour of Smarties tastes best. Now before you jump on me for insinuating that all smart phones are the same, take a second to think about the last three things that you used your phone for.
I’d be willing to bet that the majority of people’s lists will include: sending/receiving text messages, posting something to a social media outlet such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (or all three if you’re one of those people), taking a photo, playing a game, browsing the Internet or YouTube, or maybe, just maybe making a phone call (people still use their smart phones for that right?).
I’m by no means the authority on smart phones, but I’m fairly sure that every smart phone on the market today can do all of the above tasks quite capably.
“But my phone’s processor is more powerful,” or “my screen is bigger,” or “my phone can read Braille,” or something trivial will be the rebuttal to this statement from some.
Well, if that means you can watch a video of the 750th remake of the “Harlem Shake” a couple of seconds faster than I can, then more power to you.
No, really, I’m so thankful that you chose that phone; how else would I have been able to see that photo of your new Michael Kors bag that you so artistically applied a filter to before uploading it to Instagram? Your phone is certainly the best for completing that very important task and has consequently made my life better.
Let’s stop bickering over phones as if they define who we are and be happy with the fact that we have access to this technology in the first place.