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Cellular Scheduling

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

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  Is the very concept of a fixed meeting time completely outdated?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?



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Aug. 15th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's the cell phone. I think it just makes it more obvious. I think it's related to people's sense of entitlement and selfishness. The me-generation. I would never dream of calling off an appointment at the last minute unless it was a genuine emergency.

It's the people. Not the cell phone. The cell phone just lets them assuage their guilt by not actually just standing you up.
Aug. 16th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
You're probably right, but I wonder if they would have been more prompt before they got cell phones.
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