The smartphone as personal whining device

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is not a big fan of smartphones.

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is not a big fan of smartphones. The team boss is quoted in a new Sports Illustrated article about the negative effects of modern technology on team chemistry in pro sports. The article’s thesis is that players often won’t even talk to each other anymore, preferring to retreat into their own worlds via headphones, texting devices and so on.

Murray’s problem with smartphones is that they allow players to fraternize with opponents and complain to their agents about perceived mistreatment:

“There are times I get frustrated, as an older manager. You get on the bus after a game and look back, and all you see are guys on their cellphones. Whether they’re calling their agent or a guy on another team, I don’t know. It may be to their wife, but more than likely to somebody else. Sometimes it’s about getting too much ice time, but most of the time it’s about not getting enough ice time or some other issue.” Read the full article here.

Murray isn’t alone. Former players (veterans) are also quoted in the article, complaining that nobody talks anymore.

If you’ve ever spoken to someone who all of a sudden looks down and starts fiddling with his Blackberry, you know how annoying smartphones can be. Hey, I’m guilty of it myself sometimes too, though I try to keep it to a minimum and only deal with pressing, work-related stuff.

The thing is, smartphones and iPods aren’t going away. We’re creating a society where people talk more via text or Facebook than they ever would if they were standing right in front of each other.

And that’s just the way it is. It’s always hard to accept change when you’ve known things to work in a certain way your whole life.

Who knows, maybe in 15 years Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos will be griping about all these young bucks who do nothing but watch their hologram movies on the bus after a game.

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