Annoyance April: Checking your phone all the time during conversation.
This may possibly be the thing I hate most in our modern society. I have come to absolutely HATE when someone checks their phone while we’re having a conversation. It drives me fucking insane. If I ask you to look something up? Sure. Are we waiting for a friend to text us to meet up? No problem. Heroin dealer calling soon so we can all shoot up? Then fine! But if we’re just in the middle of a conversation, and you’re checking your phone – even if someone texts you – that is fucking annoying. And, honestly, it’s rude.
I’ve started calling people out on it all the time now. It instantly infuriates me. Oh, I’m sorry, is our conversation so uninteresting that you need to respond to that stupid fucking meaningless text someone just sent you? Unless you’re waiting to hear that your mom made it out of surgery, then just fucking wait until later. If you’re more concerned about your phone than hanging out with people in real life, then maybe you should go hang out with your phone, freeing me up to hang with people who are interested in actually interacting.
Smartphones are extremely useful tools. No denying it. But it doesn’t mean that you should be looking at the fucking thing constantly. I make it a massive point nowadays to NEVER look at it – honestly, I’ve seriously come to hate my phone for the most part, outside of the ability to play Hearthstone on it. When people hear it vibrate in my pocket and ask do you need to check that I always say nope, absolutely not, I couldn’t care less about whatever was just texted to me. If someone really needs me, they’ll call – no one ever calls unless something is actually important/urgent. Otherwise, fuck the phone. I’m with the person I want to be with right now.
Lately, my gal and I have even taken to ditching our phones when we go out together. We’ll throw them in a coat or backpack and check it at the event, so we can just spend time together and not be bothered. It’s delightful. I recommend everyone do it.
I have another friend who has a new rule with his buddies: when they go out together, everyone puts their phone face down in a pile in the middle of the table. If anyone checks their phone, they pick up the entire tab.
So yeah. Fuck phones, and if you’re one of the people who is constantly checking it, maybe consider how that comes off to the other person. It’s rude, and it says you’re not as interesting as looking at this stupid dog picture someone just sent me. Consider looking at your stupid phone less, and enjoying the time spent with real people more. If one of your good friends died tomorrow, I bet you’d be wishing you’d spent more time speaking them. I doubt you’d say man, I’m glad I spent half of our conversations looking at my iphone!