Ding ding chime chime buzz buzz ring ring. Guess what? I’m sick of phones. I’m sick of seeing phones every single place I go. A phone is not permanently grafted to a hand when it’s purchased, and the world will not tilt off of its axis if you put your phone down. There is a time and a place for phones and these places and times are NOT IT.
1. While Dining Out or During Family Meal Times
I was at a restaurant recently. There was a group sitting near us that consisted of a Grandmother, a married couple, a 5-6 year old boy and a baby about 6 months old. The children were miraculously well-behaved, but the married couple irked me.
From the time they sat at the table until their actual food was in front of them (even through appetizers) they had their smart phones held up in front of their faces. Grandma and the children were 100% ignored. There was no eye contact, just mumbled grunts of yes and no while staring blindly at a screen.
Why would you do this? You agreed to go to a meal with these people. Dinner is the one time of the day when a family can all sit down together and reconnect. Additionally, you’re in a restaurant for the experience of eating out. You’re missing it when your phone is in front of your face, put your phone away.
2. When you’re hanging out with friends
Your friends do not come over to watch you text your other friends who aren’t there. Showing each other photos of things the other person may have missed is one thing, especially if you’re both doing it. However, photo sharing should be kept to a minimum. Taking photos of yourselves or each other every 3 minutes is also excessive.
Don’t answer a text in the middle of a conversation. It’s RUDE. Put your phone away.
3. At work
Come on people. If I come in to your place of business and need assistance, the last thing I want you to do is ignore me while you finish a text. I take that back, the last thing I want you to do is take your phone out of your pocket while I am in your presence at all. I assure you that after working all day, I will not be amused if I need to find something in a store and have to stand there for 2-3 minutes while you finish goofing off.
Stick your phone in a drawer, turn it face down, PUT IT ON SILENT, and ignore it. You’re getting paid to work, not text all day. Put your phone away.
4. Any time it’s your turn in a service driven line
Just as a customer wants service from the employees when they come in to a store, the employees do NOT want to wait on you to finish your conversation before they are able to offer your assistance. If you are standing in line to place an order, you better know exactly what you need by the time you get to that counter.
For example, when I worked at a coffee shop in a mall, the lines were horrid during the Holiday Season. People would stand in line for 15 minutes for a coffee. It never failed that someone would stand in line the entire 15 minutes and then get to the counter and tell me to “hold on”, continue on their phone, and after they finally hung up, have NO IDEA what they wanted to order.
Really??? REALLY??? These were usually the people who were also notorious for griping about the wait. Guess what I did? Skipped them and took the order of the next person in line. When they hung up, I happily helped them…and not a millisecond before.
This also applies to dining out. You know you’re going to have to wait on the food you order. Browse then menu, place you order, and THEN dig your phone out if you MUST, but read #1 again before you do, go ahead and read it, then put your phone away!!!
5. In the car when driving
Even in Arkansas we have a hands free law. Yet, every single day I see people driving and holding their phones. Every single day I see people swerve out of their lanes, and when I pass them, I see them texting.
Is there really any text or phone call that is worth your life, or the lives of the other people on the road?
Please, just put your phone away.
Are you as exhausted by cell phones as me? Tell me about the most rude phone behavior you have seen!by