Cell Phone Etiquette: What Would “Dear Abby” Say?
Does cell phone etiquette exist?
Because I don’t want to assume what Dear Abby would say about my question I’m going to write a letter to Dear Crabby instead.
Yesterday my husband and I attended a college graduation. These graduates were receiving their Master’s and Doctoral degrees. I was shocked by what I saw; graduates talking, texting and scrolling through Facebook on their cell phones during the graduation ceremony.
I understand proud parents, spouses, and grandparents wanting to make pictures of their graduate… but graduates talking, texting or scrolling through Instagram or Facebook during their own graduation ceremony (in my opinion) was extremely rude. The President of the College was speaking and students were being recognized for outstanding achievements.
Then there were the people sitting behind me who had young children. The ceremony was long and to keep their children busy they let them watch videos on their cell phones. The sound was turned down but not off and I could hear it.
The guy sitting in front of us was probably in his early 20’s and his sister was graduating. He was watching videos and showing them to his dad. I tried not to watch but I couldn’t help but seeing since he was directly in front of me. It was some guy riding a dirt bike and crashing into a pond. Seriously? That couldn’t wait?
I’ve been to restaurants and seen families talking and texting on their phones. In fact I watched one family at a restaurant not long ago and their daughter only looked up from her cell phone long enough to place her order. The rest of the meal (at least an hour) she never looked up or spoke again.
As I watched these graduates at the ceremony yesterday I couldn’t help but wonder what the world will be like when my grandchildren graduate from college. If someone doesn’t start teaching cell phone etiquette soon I can only imagine that they will all be wearing ear plugs, listening to music, smacking gum (that’s another thing I was taught was rude to do in public and I saw lots of graduates chewing gum) and counting the minutes until someone unplugs their ear plugs and yells, “It’s your turn to walk across the stage. Are you coming or not?”
I also worry that it’s only my generation who thinks this is rude. Kids who grow up with cell phones at their disposal 24/7 see nothing wrong with not having one in their hand all the time. If it’s okay to play on your cell phone at a graduation or a restaurant is it okay at church or during a funeral?
Am I just being old and crabby or am I right and this is disrespectful and rude?
Dear Readers-I want to hear your thoughts and your answers to my letter! Pretend you are Dear Crabby (Or Dear Abby) and tell me what she would say!