re: Bad Cell Phone Behavior: Are You Being Rude?
A dining companion who diverts their
attention from me to the allure of a small lit screen is bluntly testifying to
all around us that my company is not as compelling or entertaining as what
their smartphone has to offer them. This unacceptable behavior stands a
realistic chance of being stamped out only when the ignored party voices the
strongest protest at being abandoned for a companionG«÷s distractible interlude on their smartphone.
By spending time being captivated by the raptures of cyberspace,the offender
risks disrupting the optimal social dynamic for all attendees, not to mention
being struck off future invitation lists. Be reminded that an incandescent
screen cannot hold a torch to the the scintillating company of real persons in
Handing in distracting smartphones at the
reception desk or depositing it in a safe receptacle before starting our face
to face encounters is a great idea. Instead of being slave to the instant
gratification to be had from checking a smartphone's insistent signal to
attention, their absence from our line of sight frees us to focus on friends and
family at hand. Being lured by the seductive glow of a pushed email, text
message or recently posted Facebook entry is no longer possible. A dining
companion who gives in to the distraction of a small lit screen is insultingly testifying
to all around that my presence is not as compelling as the smartphoneG«÷s. The
offender risks disrupting the optimal social dynamic for other attendees and
needs reminding that an incandescent screen cannot hold a torch to the company
of real persons in their presence.