Monday, February 11, 2013

The Death of Attention

I attended a dance party recently where, for whatever reason, the average age was about 38. Older ladies were dressed to the nines without wedding rings on, clearly looking to mingle with strangers. Many of the men were suited up, and I felt underdressed in my v-neck and dark jeans. Despite the interesting scene and good vibe, something about the party felt "off."

As I looked across the dance floor, I came to the surprising realization. In 90 minutes at this party of 50-60 people total, I literally had not seen a single person texting, tweeting, or using Facebook on a smartphone. Denizens of the dance floor were having a good time busting a move, talking to strangers and friends, drinking, and carousing. I approached 4 attractive older women that night, and not a single one tried to check her email or text her friends while we were speaking.

The crowd got predictably younger as the night went on, and when the iPhones started popping out I made my egress. Roosh has written extensively on this topic but it was interesting to see firsthand that it is not only a cultural problem, but a generational one as well. 

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how much of it is older women not being self-involved holes, and how much is just a general difference in technology use between generations.