Cell Phones, Manners, Life & Death
This afternoon I drove to Sonic. I took my kids and my dog over there in the convertible to enjoy some yummy drinks. The weather was so perfect today, and it’s these type of days that I love having my convertible.
Anyway, while we were at Sonic, enjoying our drinks, some loud, obnoxious teenager decides to have a screaming fit on his cell phone. All I heard was “verbal contract,” yada yada yada, and he was using a really tough guy accent, not a Georgia sounding one at all.
My point is he was LOUD. He was disturbing our peaceful Sonic experience. I made some comment as I was driving away like, “Thanks for ruining our enjoyment of Sonic.” Of course he didn’t hear me, he was too busy yelling on his phone.
I’m really tired of cell phones. I don’t want to hear your conversation, people. I’m tired of them ringing in the middle of movie theaters, and worse, people answering them and talking at full voice. I’m tired of them interrupting church services, when I’m receiving communion. I’m tired of them ringing during orchestra rehearsals. My son said he’s tired of seeing people look at them to check messages mid conversation with someone else. My orchestra director would do that in the middle of a rehearsal. He’d be swinging his baton, and then all of the sudden pull his cell phone out of his pocket and look at it. And, if you read my prior camping article, you’ll see that’s I’m tired of hearing loudmouths chatter away at 1:00 AM in campgrounds on their phones while I’m trying to sleep.
There’s gotta be a baseline of courtesy with these things. Reading texts is not much better. Nothing like having a heavy duty conversation with someone only for them to pause to read a text from someone else.
I think it all comes down to being in the moment. If you are doing something, don’t let a cell phone interrupt you. Concentrate on that thing you are doing. Society is pushing us to multitask all aspects of our lives. This is not a good thing. No one is relaxing anymore or enjoying nice, quiet, everyday moments. Cell phones are ruining those moments.
These things, when it comes down to it, should really be used only in emergencies. I use mine from time to time to meet up with people. They are very good for that. As a rule, I don’t generally just yak on and on with the cell phone out in public. If I’m out enjoying a meal with my family at a restaurant, I don’t want my phone ringing. If it does, and if I decide to answer it, it is going to be very brief. It’s not nice to expect everyone else around you to stop what they are doing so you can have your conversation on the phone.
I think cell phones are so ubiquitous now that people have …