I attended a meeting today, and a pretty important one too. The weather was hot and sunny outside and no there was air conditioning in the conference room. There was no water on the table for the participants to drink; there were at least 100 people in the room.
The meeting started, the chairperson pointed to the door that we could exit when we needed to use the toilet – but no instructions in the event of an emergency. To my knowledge there were at least two people with sight problems in the room, one of them blind.
She asked everyone to switch off his or her mobile phones. During the meeting at least two mobiles rang, obviously not switched off.
I sat around a table of 7 and at least 5 out of the 7 were constantly checking and using their mobile phones.
I sat and watched a woman updating her facebook and twitter page, and constantly texting throughout the whole meeting.
I looked around the room and seen several other people with their heads bowed down their hands down low grasping their mobile phones tapping away.
It was not a meeting that would require facebook updates or even a Twitter feed, but what it did show that people might have switched off their phones, but they were still using them.
I wonder how many of these people actually knew what went on in this meeting today.