My best friend came into town last week and I decided that it would be fun to go to dinner with some friends that night. At dinner we were all talking and having fun until I noticed a pause in the conversation. I looked up from my menu and realized that all five people were on their phones texting/browsing the web/Facebooking/Tweeting/whatever. This literally went on for about five minutes.
I thought to myself, “Okay, I’ll give it a few more minutes and then I’m saying something.” I thought that I wouldn’t have to wait because surely someone else will notice the silence and realize how silly it is that we’re all here to hang out with each other, but instead not even engaging in any type of conversation.
Nope. I was the only one NOT on a phone. After waiting, I just went off at them in a half-joking, half-serious tone that we all use in order to avoid being too mean. But they just laughed and continued staring at their phones.
This definitely wasn’t the first time that cell phone use has gotten on my nerves. It happens ALL the time! The worst is when you’re telling someone an important story, and the only response you get from them is, “Yeah,” without even looking up from their phone. When you didn’t even ask a question to begin with.
I mean, seriously! At parties, study groups or things that require attention to the group, I’m always finding a majority of people sitting on their phones disengaged. Why even go out if you’re going to stare at your phone all night? You might as well sit in front of a bigger screen at your house.
Obviously it’s perfectly fine if you’re using your phone for a few minutes, but lately I’ve been getting pissed at people who text while you’re trying to have a one on one convo with them. It’s so RUDE!
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