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Please Put Your Phone Away

Please, Please, Please Put Your Phone Away

Reader HeyKristen recently posted this rant in the Cell Phone Rant group:

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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Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
I was recently sitting at a shared hibachi table with a couple and they were on their iphones the whole time. Why go out if you are not going to speak to one another? When I am with people I eat with everyday I don't mind checking very quickly who may have called or texted, but I don't leave my phone on the table etc.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
AMEN. This is a pet peeve of mine.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 7 years
I've been super conscious of that behavior since I got my Droid. While my Smartphone can come in handy - figuring out if stuff is still open or if we can get a drink discount - it's to facilitate my time with the people around me, not establish my status among them.
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