Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Ties That Bind

The poster to the left of this post about sums up how I feel about texting.  And a few other technological marvels like cell phones, in general.

Sure, they have their good points--who wants to be stranded on a highway without a cell phone?! Not me.  But I've been stranded--pre cell phones--and fortunately someone always stopped to help.   So, we survived without them.

But, still.

I can't help but crack up a little when I go to a restaurant and everyone at a table is staring at their cell phones or, worse, talking on one.  Is that not the epitome of rudeness?

One of these days, I plan to write a play where all of the characters do nothing but communicate through cell phones.  Seriously. I'm not joking.  And people in the audience will be encouraged to text, crank up their ring tones, and generally gab on their cell phones during the performance.  Life imitating art. Or something like that. 

That's got Tony Award written all over it.  Broadway, here I come.


Donna Cummings said...

Liz, I laugh when I see people walking around, slack-jawed, staring at their devices. But I remember seeing people at restaurants who read the newspaper the whole time, never talking to their companion. So I guess there are many ways to ignore others. LOL

We still have that need to communicate, though, even if it's via a machine. Maybe there's hope for us. :) I'm off to get my dress for the Tony awards show now!

Sherri said...

Drives my crazy but I've been guilty of it on occasion.

Maria Zannini said...

We were at a restaurant recently where a bunch of teenagers were talking with each other and texting other people. Their phones never stopped beeping.

I don't want to talk to anyone that badly. LOL.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Liz, I can't agree with you more.

I was at a concert with a friend. She paid $1200.00 for these tickets to Leonard Cohen. ( I was a replacement, her hubby couldn't make it.)

During the performance a cell phone goes off behind me. The ASS answers it and screams into the phone, for like three minutes. TALK ABOUT RUDE!

No apologies ... NOTHING. I wanted to slap the hell out of him. And I should have.

People really need to GET A GRIP!

Thanks, I needed to get that off of my chest...LOL.


Angelina Rain said...

Lol, I would love to read that play. I have a feeling you would turn it into a comedy.

I hate it when people text or talk on their phones while out with other people. I used to work as a waitress and there would be some people who would walk into the restaurant while chatting on their phone, chat while I’m taking their order, continue chatting throughout their entire meal, and then leave with the phone still attached to their ears. Or another thing I used to see all the time was young couples on dates, texting the whole time they were there. Sometimes those couples wouldn’t even speak to each other. How rude is that!

Carol Riggs said...

Great idea! And LOL I really agree about the texting. My daughter used to text her roomie when the roomie WAS IN THE NEXT ROOM. Um...can we say weird?

Joanna St. James said...

Hi Liz Whiz, that would be an awesome play or even a story for that matter. I hate mobiles.

Orlando said...

Write it Liz. It sounds like a hit.

Sierra Gardner said...

This totally made me laugh! I expect to see this play next time I head to NY =)

Denise Covey said...

Hi Liz. I totally love this. I'd send you a text about it but I don't have your number lol. I posted a tongue-in-cheek post on just this a week or so ago. When I go to restaurants with my family those with smart phones are so busily photographing the food and sending reviews to the iPhone food app that the food's cold by the time they eat lol. Ah, well, they love it...I think we've moved into an era where our lives are in our smart phones.

I'd like to read your playscript though.


Nas said...

OK, I admit not my age, but now I need glasses to read texts, so no use texting in public! Or texting in general because I don't take my glasses with me.

James Garcia Jr said...

Seriously, Liz. That sounds genious. You really should write it!
I try and not quickly reach for my iPhone, but I have been guilty of some of that, too. I will endevour to be better...lest you slap it out of my hands at dinner. ;)


Liz Fichera said...

Once again, glad to see that I'm not alone in the "Irritation Factor" of texting and cell phones. We should start a support group. ;-)

Elena Solodow said...

HAHA, love the picture!

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

I watched two teens sitting beside each other, texting EACH other. Every once in awhile one would laugh or nudge the other. At first, it was amusing to me, and then I thought about it and how sad it really was.