Jackass – The Guy Who Goes to the Gym to Play with his Phone

Smartphones – Jackass Trouble Spot

Examples of mobile phones and jackassery teaming up to make magic are legion. They are, indeed,  a match made in heaven. Where there is a cell phone/smartphone, you can be sure that a jackass will be attached to it.

In fact, we’ve chronicled several beautiful examples of this finely tuned humanity before:

Well, guess what? We have discovered yet another gem of extreme self-centeredness to toss upon that smoldering bonfire of oblivious rudeness that is the staple of the Jackass personality.

A New Jackass

He’s at the gym. Dressed to work out. Best, he is on the equipment. Ready to go. Most annoying, fit.

But wait, he has seemingly mission-critical things to do on his smartphone. This phone activity takes all his concentration between sets.  So, without knowing it, the machine he’s using, that should take five minutes, now requires thirty. This completely inhibits any turn you, or anyone else were expecting to get on it.

Best of all, in pure jackass form, you have no recourse but to endure this jackassery and wait. A simple fix like asking to “work in” is beyond question. Not going to happen. Jackass here.

That is because he also has his headphones on and with them, a do-not-disturb cloud of zombie death surrounding him. Everything in this jackass’s persona screams, “Leave me alone, I’m a busy big shot! I have things I need to multitask right now.”

The Root Cause

For this JA, and many others I suppose, working out is mostly a nuisance – something you do in between those super important Facebook posts and updates.

And what about conscientiousness and common decency?  Nowhere to be found in the jackass. The lack of either essentially defines them.

Take Action

So, what to do?

First, be sure you’re not that jackass. May I assure you that you can go without your phone for the time it takes to work out. Go ahead and make that break from the information highway torrent. You will survive. Plus, it will do you right.

Second, seek out alternate exercises that do not require equipment. Especially those with benches or seats (a.k.a. jackass resting places).

So, dust off the burpees and pushups. Or, or that matter, any exercise that is both hard and does not require equipment.  Those will get in better shape, faster, anyway. Best of all, because of the real work required, you’ll be jackass free!

AuthorJim Stalker

Seeking answers - one post at a time. Sales guy - family guy - thinks a great guitar solo can make the song. Based in Granite Bay CA - where there is plenty of granite and not much bay.