Do cell phones make schedules permanently flexible? Is the very concept of a fixed meeting time completely outdated?
Some people believe everyone has a cell phone with them at all times. This means that, if you’re running late, you can reschedule on the fly. As a corollary, it seems that a distinct lack of respect for other people’s schedules is common. After all, you can always reschedule everything on the fly, as well.
Since I don’t have a mobile phone, I don’t understand this attitude. To me, a decision to meet at 10am at the corner of Hollywood and Vine means exactly that. To others, it means to try to meet at 10am, but maybe 1pm, and maybe in Santa Barbara. Hey, it’s all good, right?
What have cell phones done to our society, for good or ill?