I am a happy and proud iPhone user, and a happy and proud geek, but I have had it with people pulling out their cell phones during conversations, dinner, drinks, or other planned events that do not require the use of a cell phone. Not only is it incredibly rude and off-putting, it's unnecessary and distracting. I live in tech-centric San Francisco, having moved from New York a few months ago, and have noticed this phenomenon in both cities. There were times in New York when I'd look around the table at my five or six friends and our five or six phones on the table and laugh. And then sigh.
It happened again the other night. I was out to dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in ages, and halfway through our conversation, she pulled out her BlackBerry and frowned as it searched for a signal. I stopped talking completely (I felt like my third grade teacher) and waited for her to put the phone down before I finished talking. Seriously? And don't try and camouflage it like you're checking the time, either. I can tell the difference.
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