I’ve had it with people and their smartphones, iPads, Kindles, or whatever who are interrupting my experiences at the movies, during a play, or while dining at restaurants. I’m fed up with the loud conversations over cellphones on buses and trains.
The one plus to my frustration is that I’m saving money. Because I can’t stand to be disrupted by people talking, texting, and playing games, I’ve cut back on going out.
I can’t help but think about Verizon’s advertising slogan, “Can you hear me now?”
Yes, we can all hear you and it’s extremely annoying. And it’s surely going to get worse.
Virgin Atlantic recently announced that passengers flying from New York to London and vice versa on its new Airbus A330-300 planes can make and receive phone calls while in the air. The airline said the service is intended for use in exceptional situations and will be limited to six users at any time.
How soon will this “service” be expanded to other airlines like the checked bag fee?
I don’t go to the movies as often as I would like because I know that I’ll have to leave the feature to fetch a manager to tell some patron to shut off his or her cellphone. I refuse to spend my money for a movie-going experience that will be ruined by the glare of cellphones being constantly popped open to read and text or even make calls.
I love taking the train and typically enjoy the ride. But if I don’t get a seat in the “quiet car” that Amtrak has designated for those us who want peace, I’m privy to some conversations that should only be conducted in private.
I understand the occasional short conversation to let someone know when to pick you up or that the train is running late, but people are holding long chats often about inane stuff.
On a recent trip, a woman next to me and made a call to her friend who, I learned, was afraid she had a sexually transmitted disease.
So many nice restaurant meals are interrupted because people are checking their phones or even taking calls at the table while you sit there waiting for them to finish.
If you’re not careful, talking and texting on your cellphone might drag you into court. Legal experts are watching a lawsuit filed by a New Jersey couple who are suing a man and his girlfriend who were texting each other when the man swerved and hit the couple as they were riding on a motorcycle.
We all need to look at our electronic etiquette. Our desire to stay so connected may cost more than we want. It’s already costing people their peace and quiet.