Alone but not lonely
While you wait for an appointment, you can read and send text messages. If you're stuck in traffic, you can play Snake. While you wait for the rain to subside, you can listen (again) to the medley of ringtones in your cellphone.
Filipinos have a default pre-occupation when there's nothing else to do: grab the cellphone!
To illustrate -- The moment I find myself bored or idle, my left hand gets activated. It reaches in for my cellphone in my pants's left pocket. Then, as if my hand had a mind of its own, my thumb presses a seris of keys to wake up my SmartPhone. And ... Viola! Wala pa rin akong text! But at least I don't look or feel like I'm not doing anything.
See the phenomenon for yourself. Next time you're in a doctor's waiting room, try this experiment. For five minutes, see how many of the patients do not grab their cellphones.
If you find anybody who doesn't at least take a look at his or her cellphone in a span of five minutes, it means only a few things: his\her cellphone battery is drained OR he\she isn't a Filipino.
Typed on Brosia, my SmartPhone