When I say you're being rude because you're constantly on your phone, it's because it's true.
When you tell me, "whatevs n00bs, you would do the same thing if you had a smart phone" I agree with your statement.
But here's the difference between you and me: I DO NOT HAVE A SMART PHONE, THUS I AM NOT ALWAYS ON MY PHONE. Your argument is invalid.
Is cocaine fun? I'm sure it is. It's probably awesome. But I have no desire, ever, to do cocaine. People on coke piss me off. Because they're idiots. Plus I would get dangerously addicted.
(in the biz that's what we call a metaphor)
Thankfully, no one is sitting around trying to pressure me into snorting coke (we are in our thirties and have much better things to do, like high five strangers on the street and take pictures of ourselves with other peoples dogs, or go to the supermarket and purchase one grape). But a minimum of three times a day someone tells me how annoying it is that I don't have a smart phone, which doesn't make any sense.
My phone always has a signal, always has battery power. It can call and text. My apartment is a dead zone, but that's my apartment, not my phone.
Go on, get defensive. Talk about how it's annoying that I...I don't know. Cannot take or receive pictures. You can talk about how it's annoying that I find constant phoning fucking annoying. I don't give a shit.
It's obnoxious. Sure, I will joke around and ask people to look stuff up on their Galaxy. Plus it's funny to fuck with people sometimes. One time CrazyLiz and I texted Scooter just so he would tag us at a bar on Facebook. Scooter was, obviously, at home in a completely different city. But Liz and I refuse to get smart phones and people are constantly bitching about it. If you care where we are so much, then do the work for us. Of course, Scooter is probably the one person that doesn't give a shit where we are or what we're doing, which made the whole thing greater. To us.
Can you people think of one legit reason as to why I would want a smart phone?
- GPS: I'm old school, I will straight up ask strangers for directions before I ask you to check your phone. Personal favorite people to ask: delivery drivers.
- Friends always argue, "No, you never ask directions." That's a lie. I never ask you to look up directions on your phone because I like to wander.
- To ask someone for directions, there is a requirement: we have to find a fucking person. So until we find a person I cannot ask for directions.
- Caveat: I will ask for your help if you are being annoying and you keep on saying, "I can just look it up on my phone. Why can't I just look it up on my phone? This would be so much easier if I just looked it up on my phone." THIS IS BECAUSE YOU ARE RUINING PERFECTLY GOOD WANDERING TIME.
- Honestly, your phone is fucking wrong half the time anyway.
- Argument: "you get mad when you're not in pictures"
- No, I'm sad when I don't feel photogenic. There is a difference.
- Besides, saying, "OMG, take a picture of me doing this! Wait, now take a picture of me doing this!" makes me feel stupid.
- The common defense that people use for this is: "Well, then I won't tag you." Cool. I'm not going to notice anyway, seeing as I -
(a) don't have a smart phone
(b) will not scour your page to make sure I was included in your tags when I get around to Facebook
- Sometimes people point out whenever they do not tag me out of spite and mockery, which I get - like I said, it's funny to fuck with people sometimes. I usually fake whine and laugh it off, but it's really starting to get old.
- Is it sociopathic if I do not give a shit what people are doing at every moment of the day?
- I had an Oscar party on Sunday, and at one point I looked up and EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE ROOM EXCEPT FOR ME WAS LOOKING AT THEIR PHONE. Granted, I was glued to the TV, and I totally ran over to my laptop every half hour to put something funny on Facebook. The purpose of our gathering was to be in a room and look at a screen together. Adding more screens to the mix just made things hilarious.
- I'm guilty of asking people to watch a certain video or play a song, but that's putting in requests to someone who is already watching videos or listening to music. Perspective, people - if we're engaged in an activity together, the phone is secondary. If you didn't have your smart phone we would just be doing something else.
"Shit. Hold on guys, I need to take this," I'm shaking as I leave the patio table in front of the bar and answer my phone, partly because it's cold outside, partly out of fear, and partly because I'm a little hungover. Or a lot hungover. Whatever.Is this for your job? Remember that part in Hook when Robin Williams answers his phone in front of his kids and then acts like a total dick? That's you. You're the guy who forgot how to play. Go suck on a dead dog's nose.
This is a big fucking deal, because I don't do that. I also don't use call waiting, and I won't talk on the phone while I'm hanging out with someone else. It's fucking rude. Seriously, if I'm constantly texting someone when I'm around you it means I don't want to be around you.
Exceptions to these rules include but are not limited to (1) giving directions to a member of our party who has yet to arrive, (2) receiving directions for a destination to which we have yet to travel, and (3) my mother, because she only calls when something is wrong.
There is a difference between "sorry, this might be an emergency" and "omg, Cute Guy just said something hilare on FB! LIKE!"
Is it ironic that I write blogs on the internet but do not like smart phones? I'm not sure. I write a blog to let out frustration, tell stories, share ideas. And by "share ideas" I don't mean post pictures of things I like. When I started doing this I did it to develop a dialogue for my thoughts, as a way for me to understand things about myself and why I behaved a certain way. Meeting fellow bloggers was a plus - people who felt the same way I did about the concept of ideas but had completely different ideas themselves. I didn't really start sharing this blog with friends (other than a very select few) until all those bloggers all but disappeared and moved on...
I feel like the very nature of a smart phone - immediate gratification without thought or purpose - is discordant with the reason I like the internet in the first place. I like the thinking part. This is, perhaps, part of the reason why I don't like Yelp - it's letting random ass people do your thinking for you. It doesn't feel like sharing ideas, it feels like a fucking circle jerk.
Personally, I'm far more interested in why you like using a smart phone. All of the positives I can think of for smart phone technology feel like negatives to me, so there must be a reason, and my inability to look at it from another perspective is worrisome. So if anyone would like to explain it...please help.
They make me feel disconnected from people, disconnected from the world which is odd, since they're supposed to make you feel more connected. They scare me. They make me feel boastful and superficial, and I do not like feeling that way. People may see me as boastful or superficial, and that's fine. I can't help that. I just don't want to feel that way.
Otherwise, from now on if I notice someone check their phone in the middle of a conversation without reason, I'm just going to walk away.