Written by Lori Thiessen

Apparently, good ol’ Angus Reid polled people between the ages of 18-34 to see if, given the choice, they would give up their early morning cup of java or their cell phone. Guess which lost? Coffee. Yup, coffee. “The fuel of the 24/7 worklife,” as Gregg Taylor, co-partner of this project, dubbed coffee.

Now it would be interesting to poll those folks over the age of 35 and see what kind of an answer Angus Reid would get. Personally, I know a few people who aren’t even approachable until they’ve had a little cuppa.

A writer for 24hrs magazine, Dharm Makwana who reported the results of the poll in the September 23rd edition of the mag, took it to the streets. People were shocked by the results, as I was. In a Vancouver café, several people said they would gladly give up their cell phones in exchange for coffee or for more accessible phones, perhaps it was a little nostalgia for the phone booths on every corner. Ah Superman, where are you now in this cell phone age?

But one person who was asked for an opinion said that considering the business or industry people are in, cell phones may be critical to success or heck, just staying afloat.

In the face of the result of this poll, I’d like to ask you, my fellow café commuters, would you give up your cell phone or morning cup of coffee?

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!