Here’s my opinion: It is extremely rude when people text other people while sitting with you at dinner, or at a bar, or having a cup of tea. It is no different than whipping out your phone and chatting away while your friend sits across from you. It’s rude. Period. It makes the person sitting there feel stupid and unloved and unappreciated and they think :I must be pretty boring if my friend needs to take all these phone calls and text someone else constantly. I almost walked out on 2 friends last night, both of them texting while we were chatting over a glass of wine. I have decided that the next time this happens, I will leave.
I understand the need for cell phones. I carry mine with me at all times. But when I am with a friend and my phone rings, I look, and unless it is my kids, I don’t answer it. This need to be in touch with every single person in our lives at every moment aka, Facebook and Twitter is starting to get out of hand. I myself am guilty of wasting many hours staring at Facebook, looking at others pictures, seeing where they have been and where they are going. In a painfully short amount of time, Facebook has become a part of my daily routine. I can’t for the life of me figure out why I need to know what Joe Classmate from my High School is doing with his dog today. I don’t even think I liked Joe Classmate! So when I rail against Texting, it’s not that I am anti-progress or anti-technology, it’s just that I am pro face-to-face and pro slowing things down a little. So what I am asking is this: Please put your phones away people — life is in front of you and you are missing it.
On a completely different note, I just noticed that my blog “Kicked by an Angel” has been added to the sidebar of The Pan Mass Challenge Blog — http://panmasschallenge.wordpress.com/ . That is very exciting, so I will be throwing in updates regarding my training, which has barely begun due to the weather, and my fund raising efforts. Right now I have raised about $2600 — putting me in close reach of my goal of $3400. Thank you so much to all of you for donating to this great cause.
you tell em, fran. i am with you on this, to the nth degree. then again, technology doesn’t create the rudeness or narciccism, it simply provides a new outlet for it. the same people texting others while allegedly enjoying your company (and, let’s face it: every second they miss with you? it’s their loss) would have found other ways to be inappropriate back before the must-be-in-contact-with-everyone-at-all-times era. anyway, thanks for taking a stand.
You go girl!! I couldn’t agree more!
I couldn’t agree more. I met a friend who I had not seen in long time for a quick lunch. We both only had about an hour to spare. We sat down ordered a drink, she went out for a cigarette and came back and was on her phone, whispered to me, I just need to make a few phone calls. We ordered lunch, she was still on the phone. She broke for a few minutes to tell me about her phone calls and then made one more call. I asked for the check. She wanted to stay for one more drink. Instead of saying why would I want to continue sit here with you on the phone, I just said I have to go and left. If there is a next time, whether it be a phone call or a texting session, I will leave.
Linda, that’s horrible! Good for you for leaving!
in the days before cell phones our dad use to have to stop in his travels sa a salesman and make a call from a pay phone.getting out of the car and maybe interacting with someone he may not have met otherwise..i believe this is how ionce he ended up saving a girls life who has being attacked. as memory serves me he ende up taking her to the hospital..maybe saved her life.PUT DOWN THE PHONES AND PICK UP A FRIEND and ANYTIME some one holds up the “just a sec” finger i walk out