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07 September 2010 @ 02:06 pm
If I'm hanging out with you, odds are that I like you a lot. But if you're someone who spends a lot of your social time interacting with your phone rather than me and/or the other people you're with, I notice it and hate it.
dreams_of_wingsdreams_of_wings on September 7th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
OMG yes, I am so with you on this one.
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on September 7th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)

Well...yes usually. If you're in a group of people, I can maybe see it, but one-on-one definitely.

That said, I find it weird to look around coffeeshops and see people sitting together at a table completely engrossed in their phones. Oddly, this freaks me out more than if they were looking at laptops or reading or something.

Ellen: at workkeyne on September 8th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
J and I used to sit together reading books. Now, just as often, we sit together reading LJ or blogs on our iPhones. In some ways it's more social because LJ/blog reading is much more interruptible when you want to share a thought or comment on something amusing.

That said, I don't think I do this with anyone but partners!
drwexdrwex on September 7th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Guilty as charged
New toy, shiny. Causes me to forget basic politeness.
The other side of Deliriumtaura_g on September 7th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Right there with you...
Really, people, you do not multitask nearly as well as you think you do...

And that goes for computer playing/TV watching while on the phone as well.

m.entrope on September 7th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm with you.
coorr on September 7th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
It's one thing to check the occasional text message, much like checking to see who is calling. It's even reasonable to reply to one or two when it is something important and time sensitive, just like you might, once in a while, take a call from your partner or family.

But its gone far beyond that now, to the point where you can't even have a real life conversation with some people because you are interrupting the phone conversations they are having. I can't be bothered.
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RKOVparadoox on September 8th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
I can agree about taking an occasional phone call from a client / potential client / random. However text messages & answering them = not so much. They are called messages are not guaranteed to be real time. Initiating text messages and surfing the web = really getting bad.
Boring Nerdsignsoflife on September 9th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
In my own opinion, there's a big difference between "I have to take a call from a potential client" and the kind of distracted, only half-there phone-absorption which drives me, personally, buggy.
Medyanimedyani on September 8th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
vito_excalibur on September 8th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
God yes.
born from jets!!!: brainscatness on September 9th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Welcome back! You were missed. :)

I hear ya on the phone thing. My phone is VERY fun and it beckons me with some regularity for things that I actually find enjoyable (texting and talking actually not on that list), yet courtesy is important. Yes, I want to play with the phone, but... THERE ARE PEOPLE RIGHT HERE. The same way I excuse myself and go to another room if I have to take a call, I also sit on my hands when the urge to fiddle with the shiny thing seems more compelling than being polite to current company.

I'm an adult. And I get to decide what that means.
born from jets!!!catness on September 9th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
In addition, I call them, "you-used-to-be-smart phones".