In the Meantime

I’ve been away on vacation in New York all month and haven’t had the time to write anything. I was going to write about the Disney Channel and the importance of knowing your audience, but I need to do more research before I can write any more of it—and I don’t have the time for that if I want to publish an article this month. So, in the meantime, I’m going to write about a funny little experience I had in New York.

While my family and I were walking around New York City for the first time, I noticed something that completely blew my mind: everyone had their smartphones out.

People were playing Pokemon Go, talking on their phones, texting, etc. They felt safe enough to have their expensive Sony, Samsung Galaxy, and iPhones out in broad daylight in a city that was jam-packed with people.

This is El Conde

In the Dominican Republic, you can’t do such a bold thing. If you have your cellphone out in a place like El Conde in Santo Domingo, you’ll either have it whisked away from your hands on the spot, or a gang of thieves will follow you around (sometimes even all the way to your house) to see if you have anything else they can snatch.

You can’t use your phone in your car either, or someone will break the glass just to take it.

I know, I know, the DR sounds like a super appealing place, doesn’t it? Please come visit us: we strive on tourism.

But I digress.

My family and I were trying to get from the Wendy’s on 8th Avenue to the Nintendo World Store near 5th Avenue. I got my phone out momentarily while we were still in Wendy’s and checked Google Maps for directions. As soon as we were in the streets, I tucked my phone away, as per habit. When we walked a bit further and I forgot which way to go, I was a little hesitant to get my phone out again. That’s when I noticed everyone with their phones.

Listen man, the only way to sum up the freedom I felt as I walked around the city with my phone out is with this GIF:


I feel like North Americans take little things like having their phones out (and drinkable tap water) for granted. It’s small, but it was a mind-blowing thing for me, and it’s something that says a lot about life in the United States. So, if you live in the US and can take your phone out no problem, enjoy that for me, will ya?