Sunday, 09 October 2016 11:34

Show me your phone

I was at a relatively large gathering the other day, with people mingling, laughing, dancing and, of course, taking pictures with their phones.

There were phones everywhere. At one point I counted three on the table, one on the bench on a jacket… and I thought to myself: ‘Funny how people basically leave €500 or more lying around all over the place’. The guests were more or less all friends, but still, it was a public place.

Is it because it is absolutely normal these days for everyone to own a phone that cost you a fortune that no one seems to worry? As a bit of a technophobe, I am fortunate to have a friend who keeps passing on her ‘old models’ to me, since I try to keep the time I spend staring at a phone’s screen to a minimum and am, thus, perfectly happy with any model.

I do know about some of the tricks the latest models can perform and the features they have. I just don’t think one necessarily needs them.

But maybe I’ve got it all wrong? A quite charming encounter during a recent stopover in Kiev, Ukraine seemed to want to tell me so. A good-looking, well-dressed young man tried to sell me some cards in Russian. “Can you sell them to me in English?” I challenged him.

And we ended up having a most insightful conversation. He was at university, his parents couldn’t pay the fees, he had designed those cards himself… When he sensed that I still wasn’t too impressed, he suddenly burst out: “I’m a poor man, you must help me!”

“You don’t seem like one.” I replied, pointing to his smart, stylish clothes.

He pulled out a little Nokia touch-button phone: “Look at this! I need a better phone!”

And maybe he does. I just can’t quite relate to it and, for my part, won’t mind if people think I’m a ‘poor woman’ with my hand-me-down, ‘old’ Samsung phone.

Article as published in the Cyprus Weekly of September 9th 2016 

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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