Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I was sitting in a restaurant the other day when I noticed two couples sitting at a booth. They were older people probably in their fifties or sixties, certainly old enough to know better. One of the women was texting while the other had somehow fixed her phone between two fingers of the same hand that was holding her fork. I'm not kidding. I don't even know how she did it. She was sticking the fork into her food, putting into her mouth while she gazed at her phone. At one point, one of the women asked the other one a question. That other one never even looked up from her texting. At least, she answered her, speaking in broken sentences and not taking her eyes away from her phone.

I read once that this is becoming an epidemic of pure rudeness. The writer of the article suggested that we turn off our phones when we are in the company of others. If, by chance, you are expecting a very important phone call, he suggested that you inform the others at the table and place your phone nearby. Most people can understand special circumstances such as this, but most have a real problem sitting with someone who is busy with someone else.

Think about it. If the tables were turned and you were the one exposed to such rudeness, wouldn't you be a bit upset?

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  1. I know exactly what you mean. I will have to say I am guilty at times for that scenario but other people I know its CONSTANT rude with the phone. Either texting someone else or checking posts on Facebook, Twitter...whatever! If I am meeting you for a social or family gathering and you whip that phone out with the fingers a flying away, thats telling me Im not worth your attention at all. It seems to be an everyday communication for some people so I dont think this will go away anytime soon. I love to text than to talk on the phone, but sometimes the person in front of you is a bit more important.

  2. I totally agree. When we go out to eat, we tell each other to put the phone away. There are friends and family who will get on that Facebook mobile and not even pay attention to whats going on. I'm guilty of it too lol. It is rude. And at work, if I'm going to ring you up on the cash register, get off your GD phone!!

  3. Linda Price ReinwaldMay 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    I couldn't agree more, Scott! I can tolerate a lotta crap, but rudeness, in any form, is a form of poor upbringing, as far as I am concerned. What?...the person calling you in the middle of dinner, etc., is more important to you than the company you are currently keeping?! Rude, rude, rude!

  4. I'm waiting for the first major lawsuit filed for text messaging accidents caused by texting while driving and causing a death or injury. Someone will certainly blame the phone companies at some point. If you think about it. If they didn't have texting they couldn't use it while driving.
    It's almost like using a controlled substance while driving. I believe some people get as addicted to cell phones as those who gamble sometimes do. Now cell phone companies have added more apps. to distract motorists even more. Why text anyway? Call for God's sake.
    Many cell phone users are very rude and inconsiderate to people around them. If you are answering a call excuse yourself get up and move away from the people you are with or politely tell the caller that you will return their call and hang up. That is not hard. Then make your present companion or campanions your center of attention.

  5. I sometimes feel embrassed when they are taking phone calls or texting when we are in the middle of a conversation, and they just stop talking like I am not even in the room. If they are a doctor and need to take the call that would be different. Maybe they need this to make them feel important, I wish they could see it as just plain rude, or as someone else put it bad manners.