I was all planning to do a recap of the delicious things I did and consumed this weekend, but then I saw this You Tube clip this morning on Huff Po, and it sent me into a tailspin:
That is Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in a Broadway performance, during which an audience member's cell phone starts ringing. And they call the person out.
Peeps, W.T.F. is up with people and their incredibly rude usage of technology? Someone needs to write an etiquette book on proper technology usage (by which I mean cell phones/texting; I won't even get started on social media, or we will be here all day) or start handing out fines or something because it is getting. out. of. hand.
People talking on their phones during movies. People texting other people or checking emails while dining with friends. People accepting or making calls in inappropriate places (doctor's office, checkout lines, bathrooms, etc.). People carrying on loud/inappropriate conversations in public. People taking calls during job interviews. Yes. You read that right. I was told by someone who interviewed me that this happened. If I was the interviewer, I would have snatched the phone out of their hand, said "Your friend just lost this job. Because they are stupid.", and kicked them the hell out of my office.
Now, before some of you go getting your panties in a bunch, I am singling out NO ONE. I am just having a general rant. In fact, I have been guilty myself of some violations and will admit it. Just Friday, I was lunching with a friend and received a call while she was talking. I was embarrassed. Usually I turn my phone to vibrate, but had forgotten. The call was from my moms, so I quickly took it, told my mom I was having lunch with a friend and would call her back. And then I apologized to my friend. (I would have sent it to voice mail, but, um, I don't know how to do that. Because I am "technology challenged." Again, another post.)
But what about emergencies, you say? Well, I say, come the hell on! How many times in your life has someone had to contact you for a true emergency? Like life and death? Me? Once. When my grandmother died. And it was before cell phones and, miraculously, my mom managed to find me.
I do give grace to some folks. For example, I have a friend who is a surgical physician's assistant. When we meet for dinner, she occasionally receives a text or call. BECAUSE SHE JUST CUT SOMEONE OPEN A FEW HOURS EARLIER. And, you know, her surgeon bosses want to check on the patient. Or ask about the meds she prescribed. You know, life and death stuff for reals.
Society has become way too dependant on cell phone technology. I admit, cell phones are convenient when you are at the Publix and can't remember if you have sour cream and call home to ask the hubs. Or when you are sitting in traffic and need to call to let someone know you are going to be late. But, really, would it be the end of the world if we were not able to make these calls? Hell-to-the-no.
I often think that some people need technology to make them feel important or needed. Well, I can tell you that I know one thing for sure--no one is so important that they cannot take a few hours for a movie, a doctor's appointment or dinner with a friend and TURN OFF THEIR DAMN PHONE. Word.
I believe at the heart of all the bad manners with cell phones is a more horrific trend--a lack of general consideration of others. Way too many people these days have a sense of entitlement, an "all about me" attitude that seemingly precludes the ability to act courteous, much less kind, to others.
While no one is going to confuse me with Emily Post on my best day, I do try to say "please" and "thank you" with regularity. However, I see way too many yoo-hoos who think the world owes them something and they can do as they damn well please. My take? The world doesn't owe you shit, and I sure as hell don't "owe" it to you to let you carry-on a 10 minute conversation in line at Publix while trying to check out at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon. And I don't "owe" it to you to drive an hour to see you over dinner and have you sit texting other folks throughout the meal. And the actors and other audience members of a Broadway play don't "owe" it to you to let you take your call during a live performance, jackass. Yo.
I will step down off the soapbox now and get back to the video. What Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman should have done was go all 007 and Wolverine on that person's ass. Now that? Would have been a show. Later peeps! B.