The 21st-century 20-something

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I am aware my title is in caps, and it was very intentional. Because I am yelling at you, and every other person who can not put their phone away when in social situations.

Unless it is an emergency or one isolated text response, the phone should be put on silent and back in the pocket or purse or whatever. Get off of it. Damn.

There is nothing more exasperating than being at dinner or out for coffee - or whatever you like to do for fun - with a friend who is constantly talking, texting, Facebooking, Tindering, Grindring, Twittering or Instagramming on their phone the entire time. Not like once or twice. Literally the entire time you are out doing some sort of activity.

It is especially bothersome when you are out with just one friend, and they are on their phone, and you're not. So at a restaurant for example, you are sitting there people-watching or reading every printed material on the table while they're doing whatever the hell they do on their phone. There is no conversation because they'd rather be talking to someone via text, than you, who is sitting right in front of them.

Who really cares what people are posting on Facebook about what they're doing, when you should be paying attention to what you're doing. It is rude and disrespectful to the friend you're with to be distracted from having any kind of discussion or interaction with them because you're looking at Miley's latest Instagram post. Which is probably awesome, I'll give you that - but look at it later. Preferably when you're not sitting at dinner with me.

Here are unacceptable reasons to be on your phone when out with friends:

- Texting, sexting or fight-texting which will inevitably go on all night
- Checking Facebook
- Looking at Instagram
- Tindering
- Playing games
- Reading email or visiting websites
- Watching YouTube videos

There are a few exceptions if they only require:

- Posting a quick status on Facebook
- Posting ONE picture of your food to Instagram
- Sending a text response preferably saying "Sorry, I'm at dinner call ya when I'm done OK bye."
- Showing the person you are with something that requires use of the phone (i.e. a photo, picture, article or video)

Let's just all pinky promise right now that being on the phone constantly is reserved for when you're alone, at horribly boring family functions, and at work on lunch breaks. When you are with friends trying to be sociable - GET OFF THE PHONE.



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