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I guess it's safe to say that any of us who found our way to these pages, regardless of age, is somewhat tech savvy. And now with tablets and smart phones, most of us spend at least some of the day connected. Where I draw the line is when you are sitting across a table from someone and they can't be bothered to converse with you for more than a couple of minutes because they have to "check in" with someone else.

If everyone wants to text, so be it. I've seen tables full of teens where not a one of them is speaking to another live person, but they're all texting. I'll bet that some of them were even texting others in the same group. If everyone is okay with that, who am I to say they're wrong?

If, however, I'm having three other couples over for dinner and one of the couples constantly reaches for their phones, I will not be happy. If I ask them to, please, be present in our group conversation and they just can't quite break away from FB or whatever, I may not show them the door on that particular night, but I won't invite them back without a clear understanding that I want them to participate in our evening together without breaks every ten minutes to update the world. If this is too onerous a burden, I'll just have to love them from a distance.

IMO, no one's life is so interesting that I want to read bulletins about it every ten minutes. Not my own. Not my husband's. Not the president, the Sultan of Brunei, or even Santa Claus (except on one particular night of the year, especially if he has something really nice for me :D).

And what about cultivating a little mystery? If 300 people have all read about your decision to try Polish honey mustard instead of your usual mayo on a ham sandwich, what's left to talk about when you finally do get together? But then maybe that's why in-person gatherings are given such short shrift by those who constantly text. There's nothing they haven't already shared.

Sigh.

Well said rn/writer!!!!

Having a teengirl I can attest that they literally text each other in the car!!!!! They text each other in the same room or to point out a cute guy in the mall. I text my teen, I use it to keep track of her and to keep connected with her when she's out. I like facebook and have connected with members from AN who now know my real name (LOL):lol2:. I have reconnected with my old dear friends and keep in daily touch with many family members. I enjoy seeing pictures of highschool friends that I don't see as I don't live in the area. But I don't feel the need to post my every move and meal. There is still the place for manners. I have felt on occasion like Queen Latifa in the movie Last Holiday when she smashes the phone of her boss....there is a time and place for everything.

and GnTea I LOVE THE MUM SONG.........

and I have said many times to my kids....it's because I'm the MOM!!!!

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It's also fun to "meet" people from AN who 'friend' on FB :)

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Here's something I hope we can all agree on. People who are so addicted to texting that they can't even stop while they're driving endanger all of us. Anyone who knowingly travels with a driver who is texting behind the wheel doesn't have to worry about brain damage from an accident, because apparently it has already occurred.

I don't care how good a driver or how nimble a texter you are, when you combine the two your reflexes and your reaction time become worse than if you were falling-down drunk--and should be punished accordingly. I don't care how "mean" that sounds. I'm trying to save some lives here.

Put down your phone while you're driving! Please!

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Here's something I hope we can all agree on. People who are so addicted to texting that they can't even stop while they're driving endanger all of us. Anyone who knowingly travels with a driver who is texting behind the wheel doesn't have to worry about brain damage from an accident, because apparently it has already occurred.

I don't care how good a driver or how nimble a texter you are, when you combine the two your reflexes and your reaction time become worse than if you were falling-down drunk--and should be punished accordingly. I don't care how "mean" that sounds. I'm trying to save some lives here.

Put down your phone while you're driving! Please!

Absolutely :)

I don't text ( have a 30 dollar TracFone, that I think has text function- but only the numbers- no keyboard) And I only take the phone for emergency reasons. NOBODY has my cell number.

Not "mean" at all- that's just standard " keep your eyes on the road" :up:

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I went out with a friend to lunch and he started texting non-stop, completely missed out on a funny story I was relaying.

Me being me, pulled out my cell and sent him a text. It read: "You are being a jerkwagon. I am out of here." :smokin:

He apologized, put his cell away, and paid for my lunch.

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Back when I first heard this number, there weren't cell phones, internet, no "global community", and we had to use a land line or pen and paper to communicate with distant loved ones. Instant communication is like a nun's egg; good in parts, but it has had a bad effect on conversation and manners.

http://www.google.co.za/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=love+the+one+you%27re+with+lyrics&source=video&cd=1&ved=0CEEQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHH3ruuml-R4&ctbm=vid&ei=KvrVTv6sEdHPmAXM0JBi&usg=AFQjCNFZ7Ujd0qYiZZ_Tugzt6x7cY_oM7A&sig2=p9qLJlMCrYS5DwzD_fFAew&cad=rja

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And yes to wine? I'll go for that.

Say yes to most things with ethyl alcohol in it.:up:

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hmmm kinda off topic, but its funny given this thread that the "kudos" option has been changed to "Like"... the same as facebook. I find that ironic

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livehigh2012, we used to have "like" before the "kudos", and now it'sback to "like" again. :)leslie

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I really hate when I'm out with a friend and that friend is either texting for no good reason, or taking an unimportant call. Why???It's very rude and I feel no way about telling the friend how I feel, and I have. When I'm out in a restaurant, or at the movies with someone, my phone is off.No one is that important. Now, if the phone is on for an emergency, that's different.

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One update at the start of the evening, yes. Seven or eight updates, no matter how long the duration, instead of interacting with those you are supposed to be spending time with, yes, rude.

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