What the Kids are Doing on Their Breaks

I’m sitting in the soulless Blenz at Richards and Davie Street, working on a proposal. We like this Blenz because there are few distractions to work–it’s too bleak and generic to make you want to do anything else.

One of the baristas is on her break, and sitting at the next table. She didn’t bring a book or anything–just her phone. I’m always curious about how young people use technology, so I snuck a peak. I figured she’d be texting friends or something, but she’s playing sudoku. Interesting.

She is not, despite the ubiquitous advertising, watching Pirates of the Caribbean 2 on her phone. That seems like the lamest way possible to experience a film.


  1. In Toronto, there are ads in our busiest subway station (Yonge and Bloor) to watch PotC II on your cellphone. Every morning as I pass the biggest ad, I watch scores of people in front of me scan the ad and then shake their heads in wonder.
    I thought movie companies were trying to get us away from our home technology and back into theatres. Who in their right mind would want to watch a movie on a 2×2 inch screen?

  2. I have Sudoku on my phone to tap away on it to get distracted by the general unpleasantness that is most commutes on public transit. If I were working, however, and had a stationary spot, I would bring a book. As you say, kids these days.

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