Ma’am, Put Down the Phone: A NYC Musing

So I’m in New York for 10 days and am having an absolutely awesome time. However while here I have had to deal with a few culture shocks from Washington DC. One of the biggest things is the difference in connectivity from Washington to New York. I think that when people go underground on the metro in the District they accept the fact that there will be no service. But in New York I had a wonderful experience. I was going into the subway in Washington Heights and realized I had to shove through a lot more people than usual. It wasn’t until I reached the bottom of the stairs that I realized what was happening. Above me was a group of people who were all sending last minute texts and emails before they went into the deep, dark abyss that is the A line.

Here’s what makes this observation even better. It is rumored that within the next few weeks it will be announced that Wi-Fi will be available on some MTA trains. You heard me right… you will soon be able to get on the internet while on the train. This is just wrong. First and foremost let us address the fact that I can barely get the person across from me to make eye contact with me because he is already so infatuated with his Jay-Z playing from his phone while he plays Candy Crush. What is going to happen when he can watch YouTube videos or search Google the whole time he is on the train?

Also, can I just take this moment to point out some of the terrifying material that exists on the Internet? I have heard of, and witnessed, people who are bold enough to watch porn on their phone while on an airplane or a Bolt bus. What is going to deter people from doing that on their commute home from the clubs on a Saturday night? But the final point, and quite possibly the most important: what is going to stop people from using the subway as their new home? I will shamelessly admit that there was a period in college where my Comcast internet went out (which I’m sure comes as no surprise to people with Comcast) and I sat in a Home Depot parking lot to check my email. This theoretically means that for $30 (or $31 if you have to buy a new card) you are not only buying unlimited rides on the subway for a week, but also unlimited internet access. All I can hope is that this more cost-efficient option will help lower Manhattan housing costs… No? Well it was worth the positive thought.