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Cell Phone Rant: The Old Ignore

Usually our cell phone rants have to do with people being on their cell phones at the wrong time and place, like while you're in the ladies' room, ordering food, etc., but here's an offense many of us do at some point, even if you're totally texting in the right time and place: The Ignore.

Have you ever been hanging out with someone when they're text messaging or on their cell phone, and it's like you're not even there?

They might not think they're being rude because they're not mid-conversation with you, but there are some people who will mentally check out because they're texting, and even though you know they can hear you, you can't get into a new conversation at all because their head is only on their phone.

I have a friend who does this — he gets a text and suddenly disappears. I can see him — I just can't talk to him or get him to respond until his text session is over.

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And there are also cell phone conversations. Even when you keep it short, sometimes you can tune out the person that you're with so much so that they feel invisible. Another person who shall remain nameless has a bad habit of picking me up in her car while she's already on the phone — and though I don't need her full attention, I know that if I say something, she won't hear me at all.

Most of the time, it's repeat offenders, and I know it sounds vague, like I'm criticizing people for giving all their attention to one task at a time, but it's more about how certain people will completely ignore you if you suddenly do need to say something.

It's not even like they'll give you the sideways glance acknowledgment of, "I know you need to talk to me, but this is important," it's as if they're not even there. Or worse, like you're not even there.

Do you know any ignorers?


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