As our lives change, come whatever, it's Monday Mail.
Today's opening is from "Graduation Song" by Vitamin C.
Today we have reader responses to last week's parody graduation speech that told the Class of 2015 to try to have a life independent of the Internet. This is from Kathleen:
You hit the nail on the head! I hope some of the young (and not always so young) people you were speaking to will read the paper and think about what you said.
I fear this next generation will lose their ability to talk and communicate face to face, and will all suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome as the result of so much texting!
Another online risk is stress. A study showed that though Facebook offers a supportive social network, learning of misfortune in friends' lives can weigh on you. It's called the "cost of caring."
Camping used to stress me out, because I got two tents. Here's an email from Jim Hall of the Pine Mountain Trail Association:
Very much enjoyed your column today, as always. Speaking of graduation ceremonies, our family was proud to attend my nephew Chad's graduation from CSU recently. What we were shocked by at the ceremony was the total lack of respect that the families and friends of college graduates displayed.
The faculty/staff of CSU didn't warn or even ask folks to hold their clapping or such till a row passed over the stage, so it started. Shouts, whistles, noises after 2 in 5 students' names were called out. A total long drawn out mess.
Now you mentioned cell phones/smart phones. All around us and especially below us, adults mind you, could not keep their glaring screen devices off. Not just to take photos, but to text and check emails (the glare was totally distracting and annoying).
That was on a Monday night. Saturday was a week ago we went to the Springer to see a comedy play. Thankfully the audience was asked THREE times before it started to cut off devices. Before the request, glares from the screens lit up the place ....
I'm like you, cut the things off and enjoy being where you are.
By the way, on Pine Mountain Trail hikes, we ask folks nicely to keep the phones off or silent and no smoking allowed period. We have had some great hikes without folks trying to check for emails and text messages. And this is not all due to the fact cell service on the mountain is often slim to none. We had a great spring flower show along the PMT.
See? Just look how much wireless devices stress you out. It's contagious.