Tip # 69
Oh, I’m Sorry, Did You Say Something To Me?
Really? Do people have to be on cell phones talking, using apps, texting, or whatever so much that people around them have to do antics to get their attention? Is every single caller more important than the marriage partner you are with?
I may be in the minority, but I’ve always thought it rude when in a restaurant with friends or spouse and one party sits there and carries on conversations on a cell phone–or sits and texts, etc.
What about the idea that people on cell phones talk louder than they do when in personal company of people or that their eyes glaze over when playing games on the cell phone, and their attention span is zeroed on the cell phone to the neglect of any one around: spouses, children, friends, and the list goes on. Score: cell phone antics–100 / interpersonal communication skills–0.
It’s just a matter of politeness. But, maybe politeness is completely out of vogue now. Any other opinions on the over use of cell phones (tho’ the people doing it are usually the last to know)?
Check out the articles below. Looks like a few other people might feel as I do. In the “olden days” people thought it rude when someone was glued to the TV when others were around. Now, I guess people think it’s okay to be glued to a cell phone instead.
Going out for a fun weekend with your marriage partner? Oh, but the cell phone is along. Now, it’s a threesome or a foursome (if you both have cell phones.) Too bad people have to be jealous of a cell phone, but when it takes attention away from two people who should be having a relationship, well, I guess you’re going to have to be jealous–or both quit being addicted to your cell phones.
Cell phone addition: http://nitegator.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/cell-phone-addiction/
Tips for Parents Who Can’t Unplug: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/11/earlyshow/living/parenting/main6571520.shtml
Tech Addicted Parents May Pick Blackberries over Babies: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/13/tech-addicted-parents-may_n_608943.html
~ Glenda (gj)