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Anti-Social Media

Posted on: January 16th, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


When you’re with people, put your phone away, simple as that. But in case some people are confused, let’s review!

Right now, I’m writing this from a Starbucks inside a Chapters Bookstore, across the street from Absolute Comedy in Toronto. Almost every seat is taken, or was while I was trying to decide what to write about. Every single person has a cell phone in front of them. Not in their pockets, I mean literally in front of them. There’s a couple on a date, and they both have their phones, face up, just in case.

When someone has their cellphone out on the table, it’s rude. If you have to ask why, then please read on. If you don’t, then just read on and click the like or tweet button at the bottom.

When a cellphone is put on the table, I feel like the person just put up a barrier. It’s almost like a Plexiglas wall, like those booths in a prison. How bad is the conversation that you’re itching for an excuse to be distracted from it? Maybe it would be a better conversation if you paid attention to it, and not your phone. And yes, there are exceptions to every rule, but in general, please put your phone away. Think of what you’re missing by not being in the moment!

If the people on the other side of your phone are that great, then why not go hang out with them? Maybe it bothers me more since this seems to always happen in comedy clubs. Your little glowing light is distracting and rude. In the movie theatre, people will say something. In a theatre performance, you might even be asked to leave. But in a comedy club, people think they have every right. Well, stop it!

Is it at the point where comedy clubs should take away a patron’s cellphone, like a teacher disciplining a student? “You can have this back at the end of the day.” My God, that would be the greatest thing in the world; although comedy clubs would probably need to have a separate room for cellphones. No text is that important, no tweet, no Facebook status, and for cripes sake nobody cares what you’re eating.

Life is calling. Are YOU going to answer? (Read that like it’s on a poster with Smokey the Bear for some reason. Or picture the NBC, “The More You Know” star flying by)