Manners and media

When did it become OK to go up to a total stranger and say, “this is wrong, you are both on your phones”? Is it because we are in a pub like atmosphere that it lessens the intrusion factor? I recall as a young girl going to the early bird special with my grandparents at Carrows (don’t judge) and noticing the older couples reading their sections of the paper in silence. I wondered about it. I wondered if they were happy because society made it seem to me at the time, that was strange. Did I ever go and ask them? Gosh no, my grandfather would have nailed me.
Why is it okay for a stranger at the Russian River Brewery to chime into my life bubble and suggest that our current situation is unacceptable? Who is entitled to say that what I am doing with my lunchtime is right or wrong? If my fiance and I are both surfing the inter-web or twitter, who else should judge? Okay, go ahead, but don’t bother coming up to me and saying so, it’s rude.
I wonder what those people have going on in their lives that they feel the need to intrude in someone else’s.
┬áSocial media has really changed the way people interact together. It’s interesting to view the different situations. In some sense I am spending my time in an impersonal manner, but then again, it is my time.


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