Wednesday, October 10, 2018

If Only This Was a Joke.....

Sad but true. 





All too true.  It's gotten ridiculous.  I recently saw all five members of a family at a local dining establishment doing the same thing.  They all buried their faces in their phones while they sat in silence.  Don't understand what the point of going out to eat was for them.  The father should have just gotten takeout.  Everyone could have gone to their own rooms and eaten dinner while they Facebooked away. 

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

At the fair I was almost run over by 4 girls, aged 15?, walking side by side while tapping at their phones.

If they are friends, who the heck were they texting?

Anonymous said...

Or blogged

Anonymous said...

>>>Don't understand what the point of going out to eat was for them. <<<

At the restaurant everyone can use their phone- at home someone has to either heat the food or go get the takeout. Thus phone time is not maximized as it is at the restaurant.

Gobble Gobble said...

A popular photo last Thanksgiving featured a table full of family and great food. Over in the corner was a basket full of cell phones.

Anon-E-Mouse said...

@ 10:17 - they were texting each other

Anonymous said...

Darn kids and their phones. Get off my lawn!!

Anonymous said...

What is worse is when an employee is texting while meeting with a customer. I took a coworker to an important meeting with a customer. During the meeting, the employee kept looking at his phone and texting. I could tell that he was not paying attention and so could the customer. I apologized to the customer in front of the employee, who got angry because he said that they were important texts from his wife (groceries and dry cleaning) and I was interfering. A few weeks later, he was terminated. He now has plenty of time to be with his wife and text her.

Anonymous said...

Cell phones have become the cigarettes of the 21st century...........a public nuisance!!!

Anonymous said...

My wife used to comment on people having their faces buried in their phones while at a restaurant.
Then she got one, and now spends most of her time with her face buried in her phone.

Anonymous said...

Some of the worst offenders are grown women, the middle-to-senior age group. We expect sophomoric behavior from teens and young adults, but not from college-educated grandmothers. Meaningful conversation is being replaced with meaningless drivel. Put your damn phone down; you used to be interesting. Additionally, the glow and angle of that phone enhances what gravity is doing to that face and neck, Ladies.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media...is it any wonder why no one sleeps anymore?

Missing out and enjoying life more,
A 65-year-old grandmother

Anonymous said...

As someone in their mid-40's, I have experienced life with and without cellphones, and I can honestly say that I preferred the days pre-cellphones. Life was a lot less stressful and much more enjoyable. Almost all of us have become slaves to those damn things, which is a shame.

Anonymous said...

My girl and I went to Koestler Prime Saturday night. She left her phone in the car, I had mine face down on the table in case of emergency (didn't look at it once).

It was an amazing night.

Anonymous said...

8:26 AM, best statement I have heard regarding this scourge.

12:00 PM, I did the same Friday night. Conversation is a wonderful thing although my gastrointestinal tract argued for days.

Anonymous said...

A while back I went to a feed store for some feed. The kid who was supposed to load the feed never put his phone down. I watched him try to load the feed sacks with one hand until I couldn't stand it anymore.
Went back into the store and demanded my money back then went to another place that had workers who used both hands.

Anonymous said...

Only thing worse that burying your face in your phone is typing anonymous comments on some random blog on your phone. Pitiful.

Anonymous said...

"Only thing worse that burying your face in your phone is typing anonymous comments on some random blog on your phone. Pitiful." @2:14:

The point being made in the comments is that there's something inherently wrong with choosing your phone over the people in your presence. Most of us were taught that it's bad manners to whisper to someone when others are present. Turning one's attention to one's phone in the presence of others is the equivalent of whispering...it's just plain rude.

Most of us would agree that it's acceptable to check your phone occasionally, at an appropriate time. The problem lies in burying your face in your phone to the exclusion of others. We all know (or should know) where that line is, as we've probably all been guilty of being rude as well as knowing when we're being ignored.

Anonymous said...

I don't even own a cell phone.

I win.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 6:12, you do! ...and I bet you're more interesting than most people I know. I'm being sincere.

Anonymous said...

The guy I work for will come to my office to talk either about work and to just chat. He will say his piece and the minute I start to talk and reply to what he has said he will pick his phone up and start tapping on it, reading and responding to texts or email. At that point I stop talking until he's done. Most times he doesn't even notice I've stopped talking. When he does notice he'll say "I'm listening keep talking." to which I reply "I'll wait till you're done.".

I don't think he realizes how rude it is. I wonder if he does it to the folks he works for or his wife and kids.

Anonymous said...

@4:48 - You win the prize with this......"The point being made in the comments is that there's something inherently wrong with choosing your phone over the people in your presence. Most of us were taught that it's bad manners to whisper to someone when others are present. Turning one's attention to one's phone in the presence of others is the equivalent of whispering...it's just plain rude."

Perfectly said ! ! !

Anonymous said...

10:17
You went to the fair? In Jackson??

Anonymous said...

Here's a solution...
When we feel ignored, let's just text the person using his/her phone: "The Rudeness Alert System in your vicinity has been activated. Put your phone down immediately. Thank you."

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