I don’t get it. I mean, I truly don’t understand what is so important that everyone is constantly on their phone. And I’m not just talking about the young people who grew up with this appendage attached to their ear. It’s also the “older folks,” people my age, who can’t seem to survive 15 minutes without checking their phone.
Now I know I sound like an old lady – like a GET OFF MY LAWN old lady – but I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
A few nights ago, my husband and I planned a “date” night. We chose a lovely venue that offers a unique dining experience called The Vignette Dining Club. The idea is to make you feel like you are dining in someone’s home. They entertain small groups of approximately 16 people with an intimate atmosphere that celebrates good food, connecting with old friends and making new ones.
As we were all seated and enjoying the delicious food, I turned to my right to hear what the chef was saying. He was describing the dish that was in front of us and how he prepared it. To my surprise and irritation, there were three people who were on their phones. REALLY! The teacher in me wanted to grab the phone from the woman next to me and scream: “You’re being rude!” Of course, I restrained myself, but it was really, really hard.
I truly understand that there are valid reasons that people need to be available – babysitters, aging parents, and many more. But checking your emails when someone else is talking is not one of them. That blaring light from your phone affects the experience of those around you. Can you go one or two hours without checking your email? If not, maybe you should stay at home. (Yikes – there, I’ve said it!)