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Old 02-22-11, 09:57 AM   #1
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Texting. Does anybody else feel this way? A rant.

Does anybody else get frustrated with people texting while talking to them? People do it really often and I feel like the only young person who finds it extraordinarily rude. It's as if I was talking to a person and without notice abruptly began listening and talking to another. I don't even like it when people do it when I'm hanging out with them and we're not talking at that moment; I opted to hang out with that individual, not a pack of other people, and I feel that the sense of mutual exclusivity that once existed with "hanging out" is now gone. It's no longer just you and them, it's you and all of your friends and all of their friends all the time.
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I get irritated with people texting while I'm talking and those who insist on interrupting a conversation to take a phone call. If it's someone important or an emergency... I'm ok with it. But, don't interrupt my conversation to talk to someone about what you did last night or trivial conversation on the phone. I feel like people are losing the ability to function in the presence of others. I see it all the time with individuals walking around in their own little Ipod induced world. The cell phone is just a single player in a growing problem.

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Does anybody else get frustrated with people texting while talking to them? People do it really often and I feel like the only young person who finds it extraordinarily rude. It's as if I was talking to a person and without notice abruptly began listening and talking to another. I don't even like it when people do it when I'm hanging out with them and we're not talking at that moment; I opted to hang out with that individual, not a pack of other people, and I feel that the sense of mutual exclusivity that once existed with "hanging out" is now gone. It's no longer just you and them, it's you and all of your friends and all of their friends all the time.
Yup. When they do it, just walk away. They're not interested in you.

If they keep on doing it, they're not your friend. Find ones who are actually interested with being with you.
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Ex cellphone industry employee here...

Back in the day when cellphones were a novelty, a lot of people started being rude. Things like talking on an elevator full of people or @ the movies, etc. The industry recognized this was bad publicity and created a program to teach people not to be rude while using their cellphones. It was a required course for all employees and fliers/posters were on display at every retail location. Now that cellphone usage is bigger than landlines, the industry doesn't care anymore.
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The folks walking around with the bluetooths crack me up. They look like loonies walking around talking to themselves. Or better yet the folks who keep it in their ear 24-7 in case they get a call. Looks ridiculous.
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Yup. When they do it, just walk away. They're not interested in you.

If they keep on doing it, they're not your friend. Find ones who are actually interested with being with you.
I just stop talking mid sentence. People eventually look up like something is wrong and I tell them I'm waiting for them to finish their other conversation. Most people don't have any malicious intent; they don't even recognize the rudeness.
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My daughter tried to text at the dinner table once, and only once.
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I see no problem with this.
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Ex cellphone industry employee here...

Back in the day when cellphones were a novelty, a lot of people started being rude. Things like talking on an elevator full of people or @ the movies, etc. The industry recognized this was bad publicity and created a program to teach people not to be rude while using their cellphones. It was a required course for all employees and fliers/posters were on display at every retail location. Now that cellphone usage is bigger than landlines, the industry doesn't care anymore.
What you have here though is a case of clashing cultures.
If you go into a schol where all of the kids of all ages / grades are on recess you will see that a majority of them are engaging in this type of activity. Everybody in that school is "acting rude" according to YOUR definition of "how people should behave." However if you talk to most of them they will see that as normal.

I'm just saying.

We live in a society where culture changes will start happening/are starting to happen mid-generation, where as in the past they often times took many generations, and more recently took 1-2 generations. I honestly think with the advent of technology this will rapidly happen. Already we live in a society where there are some grandmas who can txt faster than some people.
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Yep can't stand it either. Like previously stated, if it's an emergency yeah okay but if I took time to come see you and hang out, let's do that. Not have an awkward one-sided convo. broken up with chimes.

The worst part? It doesn't end with the young. My friends do it too.
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Yep can't stand it either. Like previously stated, if it's an emergency yeah okay but if I took time to come see you and hang out, let's do that. Not have an awkward one-sided convo. broken up with chimes.

The worst part? It doesn't end with the young. My friends do it too.
Well the way I see it is, pretend like the person was there in person. If the person was there in person, then chances are the conversation would be different. he/she would provide input, may derail the conversation to a completely different subject, etc.

I think people just need to be thankful that we don't have the technology to virtually be popped into conversations with people or have people pop into your conversations. And it's as if they are there. You'll even see their virtual head too. Flickering, but hopefully not as pale as Emperor Palpatine's hologram.
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Well the way I see it is, pretend like the person was there in person. If the person was there in person, then chances are the conversation would be different. he/she would provide input, may derail the conversation to a completely different subject, etc.
And how does that help the fact that my friend, whomever, is paying attention to the celly?
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And how does that help the fact that my friend, whomever, is paying attention to the celly?
I was just trying to illustrate that if the person that your friend was paying attention to on the celly, was instead there in person, and that your friend would then be paying some attention to the 2nd/3rd person there.
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I was just trying to illustrate that if the person that your friend was paying attention to on the celly, was instead there in person, and that your friend would then be paying some attention to the 2nd/3rd person there.
Then it would be okay because I could/would be included into the convo as well.

I think the next time it happens I'll just slap the phone out of their hands and when they look at me, I'll reply, 'What?'
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Then it would be okay because I could/would be included into the convo as well.
Should be glad you don't hang around what few "friends" I have. Sometimes the conversations they/we get involved in randomly and spontaneously will quite often alienate at least one person temporarily until said discussion /commenting is over.
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Should be glad you don't hang around what few "friends" I have. Sometimes the conversations they/we get involved in randomly and spontaneously will quite often alienate at least one person temporarily until said discussion /commenting is over.
That's just the nature of group interactions. It's rare that everyone is 100% involved in the discussion all the time. But at least those who are only 25% involved don't effectively disappear completely, like in the situation mentioned by the OP.
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text > voice mail

other than that. Meh. Don't care.
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That's just the nature of group interactions. It's rare that everyone is 100% involved in the discussion all the time. But at least those who are only 25% involved don't effectively disappear completely, like in the situation mentioned by the OP.
Like I said, glad you don't hang around what few "friends" i have. Because yes, you will probably pretty much disappear when we land on a topic that alienates you.
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The folks walking around with the bluetooths crack me up. They look like loonies walking around talking to themselves. Or better yet the folks who keep it in their ear 24-7 in case they get a call. Looks ridiculous.
I used to work in downtown Chicago in the late 80's, and it was common to see people wandering around talking to themselves. They were usually perceived as being mentally ill, now it's the "sane" people who wander around talking into their phones or bluetooth and look like they're talking to themselves.
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Another thing that bothers me.....

what the heck are 10-14 year old kids doing with a cell phone????? I didn't have access to a cell phone until I was 14 and that was one I was only allowed to take when I was traveling on a sports team. I was only allowed to call home to arrange for my ride to pick me up. Most of my friends were in the same situation. I didn't have a cell phone of my very own until my senior year of high school. In the grand scheme of things, this isn't all that long ago.... 10 years. Things have definitely changed. Then again, kids the age I'm talking about are also running around bebopping to taylor swift singing about things done under the bleachers. So, I guess things have changed.
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