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Hairdressers do not have Anti-Social Behavior

I saw this inspirational sketch on a Facebook friend’s timeline.

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This artist’s drawing, along with the proverb, made me feel good about how much I do not have my cellphone attached to me. I never have my ringer on. I don’t constantly check my smart phone for pings from Facebook, Twitter or WordPress. In fact, as much of a social media expert I’ve become, I can stay away from every social media platform for hours without a thought to engage.

Two women text messaging on their cell phones in a coffee shop on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.

Two women text messaging on their cell phones in a coffee shop on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.

As you’ve all probably figured out by now from the pictures in this blog: I think that “the smartphone” makes anti-social behavior, OR we are choosing to be anti-social. Everywhere we look there are people with their heads bowed into a screen. These poor people are missing what’s in front of them by projecting their attention to someone or something that is not really in front of them. Their focus might even be on something that hasn’t happened yet or they are re-living something that has, over and over. Best buddies can be sitting at a bar and, instead of watching the Blackhawks on a big screen or being a good wingman, one or both of them is texting or playing Candy Crush. Where are our attention spans? Where are our manners?

But there is a group of people who don’t seem to be as “iPhone syndromized” as others. It’s hairdressers! Hairdressers don’t go restaurants with friends, sit down, and then automatically check their cellphones. And they don’t even walk down the street with their faces in their phones. I’ve seen it. I am it.

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Hairdressers learn how to pay attention to people.

When I’m out with other hairdressers we have our phones turned off because that’s what we are used to. We spend eight hours a day or more focusing our attention on our clients–phones off. And we are obviously social animals, “Blah-blah-blah”–ryeet?! And, when we are out and about, we are people watchers. The only time when we might want to avoid being “in the now” while we are out in public is right after work; when we purposely don’t want to interact with the world around us–for about an hour or two.

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I think the constant compulsion to check ones cell phone is actually make us a solitary society. What do you think?

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