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Am I Going Crazy?

I went to a dinner party last night that had wine and beer tasting with lots of free food. I had a good time but one thing started to bother me as the night went on. I was trying to have conversations with people but every one kept picking up their phones and flashing it around. I swear... at one point of the night I literally saw almost 70 percent of the room with phones in their hands, taking pictures, texting, scrolling, etc. I started to really get annoyed.

I tried to ignore it but this lady kept holding up her phone and her stupid camera was pointing right at me. Was she taking a video of me? I doubt it because she was talking to people just holding up her phone. But for some reason it really bothered me. I then started to say this.... "I wonder if a human could go a whole day with out picking up their cell phone and actually interacted with people face to face.... especially at a dinner party." It got silent and most of the people on the table gave me a dirty look. They didn't stop taking pictures and people were still flashing their crap around me. I had enough and left.

Am I Going Crazy? Because damn... those phones..... I hate them!

I even had a conversation with some one about the new Xbox. It seems like a really cool system with a ton of good features but the weird part was when this guy said the best feature was how they can talk to the Xbox and the camera will be able to scope the whole room. How is that the number one good feature? Why do you want a Video Game System that invades your privacy? I thought it was made so I can play a video game?

By the way, I am not some weirdo that lives in a Box that is shy from every thing. I perform for a living around hundreds of people.

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on Thanksgiving -

...I will be enforcing a "NO CELL PHONE" rule for the entire day. No laptops either.

Yesterday I was almost struck

Yesterday I was almost struck by a shopping cart being pushed by a person on an iPhone. Thankfully catastrophe was averted by an old fashioned verbal exchange.

Sadly this technology is amplifying the negative aspects of mainstream culture instead of adding creativity and independence to the world. Information is suppressed, art is dull and corporatized, food is unhealthy, children are raised in schools instead of families, helpful plants are illegal, and everybody's point of view of the world is collectivized to fit the same perspective, which is then reinforced through constant contact with the cultural meme through iPhone use. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, the mainstream culture will always be in your pocket, ready to distract you from your authentic experiences and relationships.

Use this technology to make your personal world more interesting instead of using it to consume the mass culture that is there to keep you under control.

cell phones are a nightmare, I treat them like my mailbox

and I could give a shishkabob about how other people think technology is this rite to passage and if you don't pick up the phone and use it all day long you are a lethargic asshole; well they can leave a fuhkin message and i'll get back to them AFTER THE BLEEPIN BLEEP!

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yeah it can be annoying at times.

On my way to work there was some dipshit taking a video of a car on fire on the side of the highway.
There were no cops or fire there yet, but I could hear them coming.
I slowed down and asked the guy if anyone was in there, he said "I have no idea but this is going on youtube".

I wanted to kick his ass right there and shove his phone down his throat. But fear of the car exploding kept me from pulling over.
Fire arrived and he took off.

I still have no idea if anyone was in there.

No, you're not going crazy

rather I believe it's quite the opposite. A a 26 y.o. who got rid of his cell phone 4 years ago, I understand your perspective as I see it myself on a daily basis. The breakdown of communication is called progress. I would recommend a favorite movie of mine called "God Bless America" if you haven't already seen it. A step further would be to say this is the "Idiocracy" ;genius and daring satire from Mike Judge. Anyways, thanks for your post.

Hummmm, you sound like.......

You sound like you could be over 50 and could be on the otherside of the 'communication gap.'

It's just the new way it is. What you didn't catch is that everyone was talking to everyone else around the dinner table.

See conversation is not just limited to the guy sittin next to ya. You can talk to everyone at the table. They call it a........ 'party line'.......

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

I was talking

to every one at the table, even the whole room. But I said their was a time where I saw every one at the table looking down at the phones. It just felt weird to me. I don't like people flashing cameras in my face all day. MAybe you do but I don't

It's a joke.....

Most under 50 won't get it.

A party line was something that used to happen on the old land lines....

Communication gap + everyone at the table is talking to each other on their cells phones = party line

Ehhhh, oh well, it doesn't matter.....

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

Oh.. lol

Well hey.. we talking on the internet. I don't know your expression lol

Sadly the only answer may be euthanization...


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I'm reading your post

on my iPhone.



I don't have a cell phone.. anyways.. you got me to LOL

Unacceptable behavior for a dinner party

... unless they were logged into the Daily Paul 8)

Most of the people

were snapping pictures and talking on Facebook. You know.. that lovely NSA website?

Good post, but

I thin....excuse me for a second, I need to answer this call.

Bluetooth messed me up for awhile

Growing up long before mobile phones, I understood that most folks walking around talking to themselves may have slight mental issues. Then all of a sudden a lot of folks were walking around talking to themselves! Took me awhile to realize it was just bluetooth, lol

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If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

When I first became aware of people around me,

*Everyone* had a new, shiny phone to gawk at. So I couldn't tell you if I'm normal or crazy, but I sure as hell feel like the only one alive.

[Currently in my 20s.]

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.


Yea, you are crazy.

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I still like you though. Crazy is more of a term of endearment these days.

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Am I Going Crazy? Because damn... those phones..... I hate them!

I feel your pain.
I would have talked to you...would have enjoyed it greatly.

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I hear you. This gets

I hear you. This gets annoying in many social situations.

Some fun suggestions, only a few of which I've tried.

Keep a book in your pocket. Every time you're talking to someone who pulls out his phone or diverts his attention to his phone, pull out your book and start reading.

Keep a pocket full of really good chocolates in your pocket. When you find someone not using their cell phone, hand them one and thank them for it.

Find one of those old five-pound Gordon Gekko phones. When someone you're talking starts using his phone in the midst of a conversation, pull out your supercool phone and speak into it loudly. Say things like, "Did you take care of the package?" "Compromised. Switch to encryption mode eight."

Find the people who are brave and real enough to not be using a cell-phone-social shield and spend your time getting to know them.

Last father's day

the couple sitting at the table next to us spent the entire time sitting across from each other on their phones as their two little boys sat beside them. The only time they weren't on the phone was when they would take a bite of food or a few seconds to discipline the kids for acting up, 'Happy' Father's day.

Common curtesy as well as common sense aren't seen much anymore and I miss them. I often take walks and will see people who appear to be out with friends, though one or both will be on the phone. Rather than enjoying the company they're in. The worst is the mothers who will be chatting away as their strollered toddler is pointing at something as little ones often do in order to engage parents or whoever they're with in conversation and the mothers ignore them. Life's too short to miss out on the simple but important things.

I know for a fact checkers at the market feel slighted by the rudeness of those who come through the checkout stands on the phone and can't even converse or answer questions such as "how's your day?", "what kind of bag would you like?" or "would you like the tops taken off your carrots?" You can see it in their faces and several have told me they feel it's rude.

But the topper for me was the day I was cut off by a woman in a large car with a phone (I kid you not) in each hand and when I honked at her she put one of the phones down just long enough to flip me the bird.

Last week

I was waiting in line to purchase head phones and this young kid, maybe.. a 17 year old kid.. definitely high school was tapping hard on his phone saying "ugh.. wtf". In a low voice.

I asked him, "what is the problem"? "Do you need help?"

He said, "I can't get the score to the Giants/Packers game on my phone", it keeps freezing up".

I stopped a man as he was walking out the door and I said, "Hey do you know the score to the Giants/Packers game?"

He said 27-13

and then I looked at the kid and said, "see... just ask... somebody will know", don't always look for answers on that device".

He smiled and said thanks.


Crazy is the New Normal. It is very frustrating when you try and have a conversation with someone and they are texting the whole time.

"We can see with our eyes, hear with our ears and feel with our touch, but we understand with our hearts."

So Punish Them

Punish them by depriving them of your magnificent glorious presence. IOW, leave.

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The human species is easily

The human species is easily addicted to things. It does not matter if it is caffeine, heroin, alcohol, gambling,or cell phones. The cell phone addiction is a real problem in my eyes. I don't have one or need one. I function just fine without one. Whatever I choose to do, I am not interrupted by countless calls and texts. I live in peace.

Sounds like you might've been

Sounds like you might've been in a bad mood going into the party and the drinks made it worse. Then you were alil sensitive.

If everyone is having a good time, why are you the party pooper that has to dictate how people enjoy themselves.

Next time, you host the party and respectfully ask people to turn off their devices.