About this blog
Bus stops fascinate me. 5 minutes. 10 minutes. 20 minutes. 30 minutes. Your tick-tock back and forth pacing becomes more frantic, more persistent. You stand. You wait. You contemplate. Where is the bus? And 40 minutes later, you’re in the same spot as though time has been frozen at the bus stop while life around you moves at a fast forward pace.
This has happened to me more times than I care to remember. Once I spent so long waiting that I left with suntanned feet. This used to frustrate me. Like many, I saw this as time wasted. What fascinates me is that I now see how time at a bus stop can (and often is) time well spent.
There are very few people who just sit and wait at bus stops. Some pace. Some eat. Some read or listen to music. Many are on their phones. You don’t have to look too hard to spot a cellphone at a bus stop. They’re everywhere turning those precious minutes we all grumble about losing at bus stops into productive gaps in the day. Whether it’s to check the time, connect with a friend, send an email or play a game, cellphones have transformed how we experience bus stops.
To me, it is the common bus stop which illustrates the transformative power technology has on our daily lives. And it doesn’t end at the bus stop. From mobile banking in a rural Kenya to helping people in the West Bank find jobs, technology is changing how we live.
I am fascinated by technology’s impact on the mundane and every day. How it shapes, transforms and has made itself part of our lives. Where technology and daily life meet: that is the focus of this blog. And I may throw in the odd bus stop, just to keep it interesting. Enjoy!