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Old 03-22-2014, 04:54 PM
 
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Just returned from a wedding. It was a lot of fun. Good food, great band, lots of dancing. Yet, MrsCPG pointed out a cluster of six people sitting out on the balcony staring down at their smart phones. We're not talking a casual glance either. We're talking glued to the cotton-picking things.

It's something I've noticed a lot. People can't seem to leave the damned things alone for a couple of hours. What gives?
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Old 03-22-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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Oh those gosh durn millennials and their cooky devices! I'm a millennial myself who is probably guilty of this behavior, it doesn't bother me when people are glued to their phones though, why would it? The only time it irks me is when it's someone who's actually being paid to pay attention to me, you know, like a cashier or waiter, otherwise I don't care. Sometimes that little mobile device can have a lot more to offer in terms of entertainment than any humans in the immediate vicinity.

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Oh and when people are driving, it irks me then too. I used to be guilty of this too but those commercials that feature victims of texting and driving scared me straight.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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It's not just the millennials --I'm a Boomer and it bugs me to no end when my friend of over 50 years and I get together (which only happens once every month or two) and she can't even put her phone away for the 90 minutes it takes us to have lunch and catch up. I can be talking to her and she gets this look on her face like she's suddenly been hypnotized or the mother ship is signaling her, and I realize that she's not even listening to me, she's totally checked out because her stupid phone is ringing. And then without a word to me she converses with the caller or reads and replies to the text and she is totally engaged with the phone for however long it takes. She doesn't even seem to realize she's doing it. I think it's rude, and it hurts my feelings, but since everyone else is doing it too I feel I would come off as a total crab if I said anything about it.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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It's not just the millennials --I'm a Boomer and it bugs me to no end when my friend of over 50 years and I get together (which only happens once every month or two) and she can't even put her phone away for the 90 minutes it takes us to have lunch and catch up. I can be talking to her and she gets this look on her face like she's suddenly been hypnotized or the mother ship is signaling her, and I realize that she's not even listening to me, she's totally checked out because her stupid phone is ringing. And then without a word to me she converses with the caller or reads and replies to the text and she is totally engaged with the phone for however long it takes. She doesn't even seem to realize she's doing it. I think it's rude, and it hurts my feelings, but since everyone else is doing it too I feel I would come off as a total crab if I said anything about it.
Yea you should tell her about it if it hurts your feelings and you guys don't even get to hang out that much as it is. That kind of thing never really bothers me when it happens to me though. Maybe it's because I'm just used to it? I think my generation is a little more ok with how detached humanity can be from reality these days due to technology more so than some of the older folks are.
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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Just returned from a wedding. It was a lot of fun. Good food, great band, lots of dancing. Yet, MrsCPG pointed out a cluster of six people sitting out on the balcony staring down at their smart phones. We're not talking a casual glance either. We're talking glued to the cotton-picking things.

It's something I've noticed a lot. People can't seem to leave the damned things alone for a couple of hours. What gives?
What's the problem? They obviously weren't interested in the reception (probably dragged there by a spouse), so they stepped outside. Weddings aren't for everyone. They weren't bothering anyone.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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I'm a millennial myself who is probably guilty of this behavior.
How will you meet new people when current friendships naturally drift apart as they inevitably do for various reasons.

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It's not just the millennials --I'm a Boomer and it bugs me to no end when my friend of over 50 years and I get together (which only happens once every month or two) and she can't even put her phone away for the 90 minutes it takes us to have lunch and catch up. I can be talking to her and she gets this look on her face like she's suddenly been hypnotized or the mother ship is signaling her, and I realize that she's not even listening to me, she's totally checked out because her stupid phone is ringing. And then without a word to me she converses with the caller or reads and replies to the text and she is totally engaged with the phone for however long it takes. She doesn't even seem to realize she's doing it. I think it's rude, and it hurts my feelings, but since everyone else is doing it too I feel I would come off as a total crab if I said anything about it.
When anyone does this to the extent you describe, I outright tell them to put their phones away. I sent my neighbor home once. She came to my house to visit and spent the entire time texting her husband because he was mad at her. Go home and fight.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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get use to it- its only going to get worse...

5 yrs ago at many dinner tables- on a holiday, a cell phone wasnt allowed, now all generations seem to have one..

these phones are peoples lifeline,,,

ive learned to really like my i-phone,,its a great camera, and takes good video,,,its gps,,,, connects to internet,,,,even has a compass..
oh, and it is still a phone too..


at family gatherings in the last few years, people are showing others pictures, sending funny youtube videos,,and also,,showing videos of their kids,,,,etc..

yep ,,we are phone-people , or better put- instant information people
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:15 PM
 
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How will you meet new people when current friendships naturally drift apart as they inevitably do for various reasons.
How do you mean? I've met a lot of people this past year and have managed to constantly diddle with my phone at the same time.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:24 PM
 
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Why would someone want to deal with a bunch of drunken losers they can't stand at a wedding? People go to weddings more out of social obligation than because they like people. I stopped going entirely but a lot of people get snared.
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Old 03-22-2014, 06:40 PM
 
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Just returned from a wedding. It was a lot of fun. Good food, great band, lots of dancing. Yet, MrsCPG pointed out a cluster of six people sitting out on the balcony staring down at their smart phones. We're not talking a casual glance either. We're talking glued to the cotton-picking things.

It's something I've noticed a lot. People can't seem to leave the damned things alone for a couple of hours. What gives?
Maybe they were watching the March Madness basketball games? I would've loved to have one of these phones back in the day when clueless folks would schedule a wedding or other social event right in the middle of the tournament.
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