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How my phone serves as a boredom metre

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It is the world’s worst kept secret that I love mobile phones. Different types. The ones you love and the ones you hate. I love to play with them and do stuff on them. Lock me in a room with a handful of phones, and I am in Nirvana. However, what many people may not know is that I prefer the companionship of real human beings to that of phones. Give me people any day! People who are engaging and full of life! People who are fun and love to talk about ideas without being stuck up and locked in. Phones are tools and toys to me. Humans are priceless. When I meet people, the last thing I am interested in is what phone they are using. I remember Gbenro asking sometime ago whether one judges people by their gadgets. Here is the question and my response:

I think that my response surprised him because he prodded further:

See my answer there? Give me an interesting human being and my phones can take a back seat. I am interested in the person first and foremost. Someone can be holding the JesusPhone and be totally uninteresting to me. So, what has this got to do with my phone being a boredom metre? Simple.

If I spend time with someone and after a while, I am more pre-occupied with my phone, you can be sure that individual bores me death. Someone has to be really uninspiring or uninteresting for me to prefer spending time with my phone to engaging them. Fortunately, I have some great friends that I am able to spend hours with talking and doing fun stuff and I only get to take a cursory look at my phone while with them. My only interactions with my phone while with them is perhaps a quick response to an urgent mail or something of the sort.

Interesting people always trump a piece of plastic, metal and whatever, no matter how superbly built that item is. Boring people? How does one endure an uninteresting person? You know, people who converse with you this way:

Akpan: Hi
Mo: Hello, Akpan! Long time, no see. How have you been?
Akpan: Fine
Mo: That is good. So what are you up to these days?
Akpan: Work. Business.

No; Jesus didn’t die for that. Get me out of there!


  1. I don’t see ownership of a phone and an individual as one and the same thing. In fact, I’m more likely to judge a person by appearance than the phone they use.

    Unfortunately some people are all about “brand”; their phone as an extension of who they are, their lifestyle and what they (supposedly) represent.

    I don’t have time for that nonsense. I do not care for anyone’s branded clothing, shades, phone or vehicle.

    As for those monosyllabic conversations, be guaranteed I will respond similarly. One of us will get bored soon enough, and it won’t be me!

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