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Text Messaging Is Just as Rude as Talking on Your Cell Phone in Most Scenarios

Cell Phone Rant: Why Texting Is Just As Bad

I suppose it would be OK to text in certain places that it's not appropriate to be using a cell phone; while you're in a drive-thru, or happily tapping away in the backseat of a taxi cab, but in most scenarios, it is just as rude to be clicking your thumbs through texts as it is to be flapping your lips on your phone.

I don't mean to be ageist, but there's a younger demographic that I've encountered that thinks this is OK — I say this because I found myself chewing out my 20-year-old sister several times (I still love you, baby girl) over the long weekend for texting.

Yes, I know that younger people (man I sound SO old) text more often than they talk on the phone and maybe starving college students can't afford pricey smartphones to email on — I get the practice, but not the dependence.

To see the places I have given my sister the stink eye for texting (including the movies, the most sacred of cell phone abstinence), just


Stink eye delivered: At the dinner table (really?), in a movie theater (come on), and (my fave) while we're having an intent conversation, just the two of us. In an effort to keep our sisterly bond intact, she gamely apologized, but I knew she'd have those texts flowing the minute she was free to, when the old-lady big sister looked the other way.

And so I urge you, on behalf of the geezers who don't understand why you are always texting, indulge us and don't text anywhere you would feel weird talking on a cell phone.

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Caitie64 Caitie64 6 years
I'm 19 and I agree with you. It's just rude.
Calekey Calekey 6 years
I find certain times to just be not right to text. And that's coming from a 17yr old who texts pretty relentlessly. I've texted during my classes but that's after finishing what was assigned or before the lesson has even started. The only time I'm on top of answering my phone or a message is if I see it's from one of my parents, and that's pretty understandable. But other than that it's a glance at my phone and then I'd put it away if what I'm doing is more important and not from mom or dad. Texting during meal time, in checkout, appointments, or movies is plain annoying, it detracts from the experience, as well as just texting while spending time with friends is. Texting and walking is as bad as texting and driving, so it's' not worth it, too many horror stories have been generated from it.
PricillaMartin PricillaMartin 8 years
I can understand that there are times when talking and texting are inappropriate and I try not in those circumstances. I do think that other people need to get with the times a little. I have a Straight Talk phone with unlimited talk, text and 30mb of data for $45 per month, it's not a smartphone but it's affordable. I use my phone all the time for work and to talk to friends, I need good signal so my calls don't get dropped which I get with Straight Talk because they are on Verizon's network. I'm sorry if my talking offends some people but It's not going to stop me.
katies104 katies104 8 years
The other night a group of friends went out and we all rode in the same car. I basically forgot one girl was with us because she didn't talk the whole ride! She was texting her boyfriend the entire time and continued to do so all night long. I don't think she had any fun... I barely even remember her being there, probably because she was lurking in the back with her phone.
NouraBee NouraBee 8 years
i text so much and my phone is imate its soo heavy i got joint pain sometimes LOL so i had to cut it back 4 a while calling instead !
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 8 years
I think my worst pet peeve, when it comes to texting, is when people text while checking out at the register or texting while crossing the street. Especially while crossing the street because they can get hurt real bad if they don't look around.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
my sister is just as bad we could be having a heart to heart and she cant stand to miss a text so brutal!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
texting is easy just accept it.
Spiderlove Spiderlove 8 years
I am VERY guilty of putting my cell on the table and answering certain texts at any time... sorry, but I have two teens that text me and if it means I'm rude, so be it. It could be an emergency! The only time I will NOT pick up my cell is while driving. Ever.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I love to text too, but there is a time and place for it. I agree, if you are hosting a party and need the phone nearby incase someone gets lost... yeah, that's fine. Or in an emergency... like your sister is going to have a baby any minute or you are waiting to hear how someone's surgery went... yes, okay. But once you've received those calls/texts, put the phone up!
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I love texting, and I am good at it too. But I know where and when to text. I can't stand when people text or talk on the phone during a meal. It's rude, and it'd be a deal breaker if a guy did that.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I used to hate texting and was annoyed by it until I realized how much I disdain long distance verbal communication. I rather text you or send an email on my iPod Touch or Laptop. I never use minutes, unless I'm calling the bank and I don't have a land line. Texting to me is only annoying in dark places when the back light is flaring and of course driving, but I don't know anyone who can text and drive. It seems a bit impossible. Shouldn't you be eating? Who cares if texting happens over dinner. For this attitude blame my older cousin. I have been habituated and assimilated now I'm no longer phased. Now if I could get a smart phone embedded into my arm...
iblastoff iblastoff 8 years
meh i don't see the big deal. the only time i'm opposed to it is while driving.
Lady-J9 Lady-J9 8 years
Blackwidowchick - Do you use the microblogging platform Twitter? ( Live-tweeting is the same as live-blogging, except each "tweet" can only be 140 characters long. This makes texting the perfect way to live-blog at an event/convention/etc. My Twitter page:
gabichou26 gabichou26 8 years
I agree! I think texting might actually be even worse than calling. Because when you call on the phone, it's obvious you're being rude and don't care. But texting is like you're trying to get away with it without actually talking on the phone. Which is exactly what you're doing.
kkatt kkatt 8 years
It drives me crazy too! I find so many people in my classes do it, and they have their phones on vibrate, so you hear that - especially if it's on the desks. I find it so rude (it's rude either way, but it's especially rude when done by those that sit in plain view of the prof).
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
and she can nag about her 20 yr old sister doing the same! lol
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
I love texting. but I agree. sometimes I'm trying to have a convo with my 18 yr old sister and she's typing away as I'm telling her the tragedy that was my day. lol (dramatic, yes!). but I feel bad cuz I know I've done it too.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I'm anti texting.
liquidskyfire liquidskyfire 8 years
I could not agree more with this! I can't stand how many people my age do this. It's just silly!
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
What is live-tweeting?
tatinacious tatinacious 8 years
I guess it varies from country to country. Here in my country we are massive texters, because the cost of text messaging is way cheaper than a phone call. For as low as P10 ($0.20), those on prepaid subscriptions can avail of unlimited text messaging services for a week. Having said that, I sometimes find traffic officers texting in the middle of conducting traffic, and people in general walk around texting. In fact, during a school cave in in a provincial area, one man who was trapped under the debris was able to text his colleagues who were outside saying he was trapped (and even added a small smiley face in an attempt at levity). So, if you do decide to visit here in Manila, don't feel put upon when we text while talking to you, it's not that we're not paying attention, it's that texting has become second nature to us :)
Captivate Captivate 8 years
I found it sad when a friend of mine demonstrated she could text much faster than she could write or type. She even chooses text directions, notes, names, numbers, etc when we're in the same room and she could easily jot it on a notepad. It's a little disturbing.
Kaizykat Kaizykat 8 years
You forgot the most important one. Don't text while driving! One of my friends lost her life that way. An oncoming driver wasn't paying attention to the road (Most likely because she was texting her boyfriend) and swerved into my friend's lane. They were both killed instantly. Yea. So, please don't text and drive.
nals33 nals33 8 years
Ohh man!! My sister's 3 years younger than me. (Sometimes I forget this cuz we're so close.) But, I was givin her the stink eye almost all of last weekend! She txt's more than she talks on the phone..and in all the wrong areas just like your younger sister, GeekSugar..the funny thing is, she's been txting more often since she's gotten the iPhone. But you're totally right, there are certain places that people should not be txting. Random run-off thought: I tease my sister all the time about txting and walking. I read an article a couple months ago about people who txt and walk..but don't watch WHERE they're walking and end up getting into accidents, causing accidents and/or injuring themselves and others. Whenever she's txting while she's walking with me, I tell her, "Don't txt &walk. It's dangerous!!" lol She hates it..but she gets the point &puts the phone away...
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