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The Job Interview

In Writing (all kinds) on January 6, 2017 at 7:14 PM

By Saad Zafar

The other day, I went for a job interview. I arrived early so was told to wait. So I’m sitting there waiting. Just looking around, observing the people coming and going. There were a couple of other people waiting as well. And what I noticed was that people don’t wait like I do.

And what I mean by that is when people wait these days (for anything really), they reach into their pockets and take out their mobile devices. And then they proceed to just flick through them (probably doing nothing in particular). Now, I don’t do that. Anymore. There was a time that I used to do that.

Whenever I had nothing to do, I would just take my cellphone and just scroll through my newsfeed on social media. And when I was done doing that, I would do it again. And I ultimately came to the realization that it’s really an addiction.

Feeling the need to look at something (or anything really) on your mobile device when your real life is just too slow to keep up with your already-short (and ever dwindling) attention span. So I was looking at everyone flicking through their cellphones whilst I was just sitting and watching (with my cellphone firmly ensconced in my pocket).

And I found myself wondering if all those people realize that they’re addicted. And if not, would they ever realize it? And if they were to, would that make lead them to making a change or would they just ignore the realization while deeming the issue a trivial matter? Is it trivial? I don’t really know.

The reason I decided to take some sort of action to deal with my purported cellphone addiction was the feeling that I had become a slave to my phone. Now, I happen to be news junkie. And so I’d find myself using my cell to check the latest headlines, and when I’d be done, I would refresh the page to see if there were anything new. I would do that repeatedly, mind you.

And it would make me feel like a crazy person. It just isn’t normal behaviour, I felt. I wouldn’t say that I’ve completely broken the addiction. But I am no longer at the stage I was at about a decade ago when I’d be checking my Facebook 11 times in a single hour. It’s unhealthy, isn’t it? But then who I am to tell anybody to stop doing what makes them happy?

Here I am thumbing my nose at people for not taking the time to live out their real lives to their fullest capacity when it may be that those very same people truly feel that the seemingly aimless, mindless activity on their mobile devices adds to the quality of their lives. I was eventually called for the interview. It didn’t go that well. And afterwards, I was told to wait. So I waited. And I eventually took out my cellphone and started flicking through it.

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