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If you're in a movie theater, put away your cell phone!

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Reverend Conehead, Jul 1, 2013.

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  1. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Relax, what I said was "tongue in cheek". ...oh never mind.
  2. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    whoah. my sarcasm meter just broke.
  3. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    i took a friend of mine and her husband to lunch one day and she somehow managed to forget her phone. you could tell she was nervous for the entire hour. just to "rub it in" i kept sending her txt messages and telling her she has no idea what i just said.

    she got kinda annoyed at me after that one.

    however, when we go to movies, she does turn the phone off and leave it there for the entire movie. after the movie, it's back on and the focus of her entire attention the whole ride back.
  4. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    I think we live in an age of technology addiction.

    Hopefully it passes.
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  5. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. Unless someone is being loud or obnoxious about something, i couldn't care less what they are doing during the movie.. because im there to watch the movie, not critique and pass judgement on my fellow moviegoers.
  6. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and Brew... Staff Member

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    I guess I just don't comprehend the fact that some can't keep their

    :) lol
  7. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I was at this taco shop the other day and there was a table of 3 high school girls. I was there for about 20 mins. I'm not exaggerating. They didn't say a word to each other the entire 20 minutes. They were all playing with their phones and taking a bite of food once every few minutes.
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  8. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    It's an epidemic.

    I saw the same from an older couple during breakfast this past Saturday.

    Einstein has a really good quote about it if I can dig it up...
  9. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    Even worse, they text to each other across table rather than having conversations, lol
  10. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    Right, .. how could I have missed that? :rolleyes:
  11. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    If you can't make it through a movie without checking your phone how do you make it through a night of sleep without checking it?
  12. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    I would assume alot of people leave the ringer on.. just in case there's an emergency.
  13. Passepartout

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    You can go and do that anywhere. But when there is a phone in the movie theater or texting, it ruins the enjoyment for the people trying to enjoy a movie. I put my phone on silent so that others will not be disturbed. It is about being considerate of others. ;)
  14. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    how about the parents who bring infants to grown up oriented movies and refuse to go outside while the baby cries.........we missed out on Iron Man 3 cause of our newborn. I can wait till redbox or till it comes out on blueray.
  15. DanteEXT

    DanteEXT Well-Known Member

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    No matter HOW much you think you are being stealthy, someone else has noticed it (unless you are alone in the theater then by all means text away and miss the movie for all I care). If you absolutely CANNOT survive 2 hours without it, grab an aisle seat for ease of use, go outside and then look at it. Otherwise, leave the god damn phone in your pocket or purse.
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  16. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    Its really not about "being stealthy", its about trying to limit the light emitting from the screen for the 2 seconds it takes to check the time or check and see if that text or call was an emergency or not. I'd wager to say most people aren't texting away the whole movie or having their phone out the whole movie, and most keep it on silent and when they do check it that one time or two times during the course of the movie, i feel like most try to do as you said and limit the screen brightness being emitted. You know, with other moviegoers in mind.

    That being said, i still can't wrap my head around why this is such a big deal for some of you. Possibly if you are sitting right next to the person it might be a tad distracting for that couple seconds, but other than that, if im watching a 600 inch movie screen giving off a tremendous amount of light already, and im actually engaged with what im watching on the screen, i guess i just don't seem to notice when a tiny light goes off somewhere in the big theater for a second or two. Im usually too wrapped up in the movie to notice such a little distraction.

    Now, the ones who get obnoxious about it.. that's a different story. Thankfully, i have yet to come across one of those people in all the movies i've gone to see. All about timing, haha. I try to go when i know there won't be alot of people at the theater as much as possible.
  17. DanteEXT

    DanteEXT Well-Known Member

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    Or possible you have never noticed because no one has checked their phone while you were in there. :) If it's packed, there's a chance I won't notice that person a few rows in front of me checking their phone in a standard theater. But since I refuse to go to a crowded theater, if the only other person in the theater a few rows in front of me pulls out his phone I'm probably gonna see it. If it's stadium seating, then I'm gonna notice from the back row no matter how packed the place is. It's not as distracting as the jackass who is going to the bathroom but stands in the doorway holding the door open letting all the lobby light in waiting for the right moment to run for the restroom but it's still lighting in my field of vision that is not supposed to be there.

    To me it has nothing to do with whether I am engaged or not, just having a general aweness of my surroundings and what is happening. I notice a half second of a thin flash of light on my wall at home when someone pulls in my driveway at night when I am watching TV with all the lights on.
  18. RoyTheHammer

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    I guess when i say i don't "notice" it, i mean im not actively offended or annoyed in any way when it happens. I have noticed it being done before, hell my gf has done it a few times, but it doesn't pull me away from the movie is what im saying i guess. If im engaged and enjoying a movie, a little thing like that isn't going to cause me to lose focus and get all uppity all of a sudden.

    Like you said, there are alot of things you could get offended by that could potentially distract your attention from the movie for a few seconds at a time.. i guess its just what we all choose to be offended or "disrespected" by. Some seem alot more sensitive than i would be in these situations. To each their own..
  19. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    I cant beleive this thread is still going. Anytime you go out anywhere in public you are likley to see someone doing something that is against the rules, something that is not in line with the ettiquette or manners that you feel are important or something that just plain irks you.

    If the slightest use of a cell phone in a theatre ruins the movie for you so much that you have to complain to others about it, you should probably watch movies in the comfort of your own home where you can control the environment.
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  20. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    How about respecting the rules made by the establishment. An establishment trying to keep the majority of patrons happy in order to stay in business?

    Has none of this occurred to the "Me Generation"?
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