Wayfarer Column- The fixation with mobiles nowadays

Listening to the radio recently I heard a suggestion that everyone should have a day without mobile phones, tablets and computers.

One of the presenters mentioned that the first thing she did each morning was to reach across for her mobile phone even before turning off the alarm or giving her husband a good morning kiss.

It amazes me the fixation people have with their mobile phones and another presenter mentioned he used his about 100 times a day. I have a mobile phone and if I use it once or twice a week it is more than enough. My mobile is for emergencies or to contact someone urgently when a landline is not available. Does that make me odd? Well I like the fresh air and never having been brought up in this high tech. environment I do not feel addicted to them.

Without ‘Google’ ‘Facebook’ ‘Twitter’ et.al where would we be? I know, we would be reading or listening to tales being told or conversing with one another face to face. Would that not be far better than being stuck in front of a screen all day and halfway through the night? Where would all these faceless people be twenty or thirty years ago when there were no mobile phones, and computers at that time were big enough to fill a room. No doubt they were out getting plenty of fresh air and watching events unfold in reality.

Well I know what Colonel James Gardiner was doing on the 23rd. May 1706 when at the age of nineteen he had reached the rank of Colonel and was fighting in the battle of Ramillies in Belgium. He was leading his men into battle when a bullet passed through his open mouth without touching his teeth or tongue passing through his neck just missing his vertebrae and exiting without causing any terminal damage. Gardiner survived his wound and went on to have a long and distinguished army career which only came to an end 39 years later when he was killed at the battle of Prestonpans in 1745. Just shows how active you can be without the modern paraphernalia communication of today. In fact communication by speech no doubt saved Colonel Gardiner’s life as his mouth was open when the bullet passed through. His counterpart of today would no doubt be covered in the most sophisticated methods of communication whereas poor old Colonel Gardiner would either have had to rely on a runner or semaphore flags which I am sure a lot of my older readers remember from their scouting/guide days. Think about it and I hope to see you next week.