October 17, 2014
I know the quality of these pictures is terrible but this deserves an entry. While riding on the metro I was quietly reading to myself (something that almost no one does from what I’ve seen) and I noticed that everyone on the seats next to me and across from me was glued to their mobile devices. Every single person. Not one was talking or engaging in social interaction but they were all deeply enthralled by their digital devices. Now, I’m not saying this is always a bad thing. I feel that sometimes it’s nice to check the news, listen to some music, message a friend, etc. I get that, it’s totally cool with me, I’m not about dissing that.
Just thinking out loud and perhaps I seem like an Luddite or something but you could read a book, chat with your friends, think about life(introspective - woot) or consider to do lists, things to accomplish for the day. Honestly I’d love to see a random dude just break down and dance on the subway - I mean why not? It’s not going to happen but I like to entertain the idea.
All of these thoughts come to you from the comfort of my own computer room in China where I stare at a 15.3’ screen and listen to Pandora so maybe I’m a hypocrite. You can decide.
I wish that I was able to see what it was like here 10 years ago. How different would Chongqing be and how would people act? Would they still be introverted and less social on the subways? Would they clutch newspaper close, and rush onto the subways without waiting for other people to get off? Perhaps, but the idea of seeing a different former reality is enticing. It will never happen so in my mind I’d like to think that everyone was helpful, courteous, and honest, while people had wallets in their back pockets as they calmly waited for everyone to exit the metro trains before others got on.