Does speaking on a cell phone make us so stupid for the time being that we lose all sense of where we are and what we are doing? Or does it have something to do with the fact that any hint of a reflective surface evokes uncontrollable desire of self scrutiny from the human beings around?
A few minutes ago we were sitting inside the office cafeteria just next to the glass walls. Suddenly, this girl comes from nowhere, lost in conversation over a cell phone, and stands just outside the glass pane. As we looked up from our food to find out what she was up to, she started making faces at us. It took us a few moments to realize that the glass wall had a two way pane. While we saw her clearly, she saw only her own reflection outside.
She kept walking up and down with the phone, and whenever she came close to the glass, she stopped and looked at her face closely. She patted her hair, scratched her chin, blinked her eyes, and even glanced sideways to catch a glimpse of her profile. After a while she went away. By that time we were choking with laughter inside.
What I found surprising is the fact that the girl is also an employee here, and she knows very well that the glass around the cafeteria is a two way mirror. Yet, she forgot that for the time being. Was it the urge to preen herself in the mirror, or was it due to the cell phone call that she was attending? Or did both the factors add up to extract this ridiculous behaviour from her?
It is scary to think that I may also be making a public spectacle of myself in a similar manner several times a day and I’m not even aware of it.