Five-Hundred Word Challenge 114: A Rant

A list of things that make me angry.

well, except for it being a list, it’s just one thing.

You know what really annoys me?

People who walk around and look at their phones, not paying any attention to where they’re going.
There is a whole world out there and you’re just ignoring it, not soaking in your surroundings (although, with that being said, sometimes when you become too familiar with your surroundings, you are going to probably ignore them).

This isn’t why they annoy me.

The reason as to why they may me annoyed is that they aren’t looking where they’re going, causing people to perhaps suddenly move out of the way or be bumped into because some idiot decided that instead of doing the incredibly arduous task of preening their eyes away from a small screen and deciding to display a tiny amount of respect and look where they’re going, it would be better to display contempt for basic action and walk around, potentially putting other people out of the way or at risk because looking down at whatever your device is is significantly more important than being a little bit less selfish.

Lets say that, you’re looking down at your phone, going down a flight of stairs (UNSW has  set of a multiples sets of stairs [yes, a set of multiple sets of stairs]) with some of varying steepness compared to the others in this set. If you’re not paying attention to where you’re going because you have “more important things” to look at and you walk right into someone whilst on the stairs, knock them down and then they get injured, then you’re an idiot and an asshole.

I haven’t seen this happen, but I have seen a number of people paying attention to their phones on these stairs.

If you’re crossing a road and instead of paying attention, you cross whilst traffic is flowing and someone hits you (because they didn’t have enough time to stop; not because they weren’t paying attention), you deserve to be hit. You deserve the injuries that you sustain because of your blatant idiocy. It’s not anyone else’s fault that you decide to not look where you’re going and you can only blame yourself that you caused a situation that was not only bad for yourself, but also bad for those around you.

Now, I know that this is a little extreme, but people who do this really annoy me a lot.

It’s not the worst thing in the world, true. I will openly admit that.

I just don’t understand as to how some people can be so blatantly selfish to the point that everyone else around them could be put into a position that’s dangerous.

You shouldn’t be looking at your device when you’re walking around. You should be looking around you and making sure you’re not causing a problem for everyone else.

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day. Now it is time for me to stop procrastinating.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 10:44:37

To be fair, it doesn’t annoy me as much as this implies (probably), but I do think that if something bad happens because you chose to not pay attention, then (outside of a few circumstances), you are fully responsible.

I know I’ve been guilty of doing this myself.

Written at my (new) desk at home.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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