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They’re Everywhere

Of course, not everyone has a smartphone.  A vast majority of folks still have dumb phones, some 87%.  But the trend is shifting, and by 2013, the prediction is that 23% of all phones will be the smart kind.[1] This appears to be spreading worldwide.

In a nutshell, mobos are everywhere.  However, as I found out in my café, they are not the folks who are incessantly talking on their cell phones or continually picking up their email.  These folks are happy users, no doubt, but for lack of a better description closer to mobo-wannabees.  Talking and email are functions at the doorstep of mobodom.

The true mobile bohemian is not simply continually interacting with their phones, but  they use the new mobile technology to expand their lives in new ways.

The little initiation at my café intrigued me.  Of course, I was fascinated with the technology but I was increasingly intrigued by the people themselves and their skills.  It was no longer a matter of just holding a phone up to your ear, a no-brainer in anyone’s book.  To enter this cadre of superusers required that you learn new skills, understand the device, learn its rules, master its keyboard, and navigate its soft buttons and knobs.  It was not for the faint of heart.

But once mastered, the mobo gained new capabilities that catapulted him over his Luddite brethren.  For example, a rather heated discussion erupted between two mild-mannered diners as they worked their way through plates of biscuits and gravy and an egg white omelet.  The girlfriend had corrected her boyfriend (as much as I could tell, this was their relationship) over the subject of “boa constrictors.”  Now just how they got on this subject is anyone’s guess, but there they were, horns locked over whether boas eat their prey whole or in pieces.  That the discussion centered on food was a compliment to my dining environment, I think.

“That’s pure BS,” said the boyfriend.  “Have you ever seen how small the head of a boa is?”

“Gary,” she said as I refilled her coffee, “it has nothing to do with size.”

“Oh, now you tell me.”  He smirked at this.

“The fact remains,” she continued.  “After they affixiate their prey, be it a small animal or a large one, they eat them whole.”

Right,” he said sarcastically.  “That I have to see.”

She continued to work through her omelet, restraining herself.

“You don’t disagree that they kill larger animals, right?”

“The point is, there’s no way they can eat them whole.  That’s my point.”

With this, she picked up her iPhone and went directly to Wikipedia.  There should typed in boa and presto:

The boa will first strike at the prey, grabbing it with its teeth, it then proceeds to constrict the prey until death before consuming it whole. Their teeth also help force the animal down the throat whilst muscles then move it towards the stomach. It will take the snake approximately 4-6 days to fully digest the food, depending on the size of the prey and the local temperature. After this the snake may not eat for anywhere from a week to several months, due to its slow metabolism.[2]

She read this aloud and her boyfriend was suddenly quiet.

“You want to see it in action.  I found a YouTube of it.”

“OK, OK,” he said, waving his napkin like a white flag.  “You win.”

“You were wrong?”

“Don’t rub it in.  Hey, are you going to eat your hash browns?”

“Go ahead,” she said, setting her phone down with an understanding nod.

I liked her.  Maybe under normal situations she may have taken the backseat and been cowed by her boyfriend, or had to settle the point later in the day when it didn’t mean as much to either of them.  But as mobos have learned, having a device that extends your abilities has many advantages, not the least of which are the following:

  • You can stay current with news, weather, and most topics that interest you throughout the day no matter where you are.
  • You can stay connected with friends, spouses, lovers, relatives and close friends.
  • You can discover restaurants, books, movies, and art from a variety of sources on a moment’s notice.  This allows you to be more spontaneous.  Imagine finding yourself in a new neighborhood and wanting a good Mediterranean restaurant nearby.
  • If you are driving, walking or taking public transportation, get quick and easy directions from your phone, most times verbally so you can keep your eyes on the road.
  • Carry your music library with you or plug into free radio that can be piped into your earplugs.
  • Pursue your love interests with text flirting and other avenues only available on mobile devices.

In short, a mobile device in the right hands gives a person range and an assortment of capabilities that normal phone users are simply without.

Of course, you need to know just how to use the device, and how to use it in different social situations.  But most of this can be learned and practiced until the newbie is turned into a true blue mobo.



[2] Wikipedia.com.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa_constrictor#Feeding

Photo: By Flickr.com user “Mo Riza” (http://www.flickr.com/photos/moriza/126238642/) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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