RANT #1: People texting in the theaters

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    Jan 11, 2009 12:12 PM GMT
    If you're spending around 8-11 bucks in order to have the opportunity to sit in a comfortable seat, indulge yourself with body shaking surround sound, and for once break away from your pathetic meaningless excuse of a life and completely immerse yourself in 75-150 minutes of total fantasy, then what the hell would possess you to think "oh let's see if I have any text messages," whip out your lifeless phone and blind every row behind you, just so you can reply, "hey babe I'm watching a movie right now. You wanna do something afterwards? Hey can you do me a favor and..."

    Maybe I'm completely wrong here, but I was under the impression that people who came to watch the movie...watched the movie.

    I actually think it is just as disrespectful to distract people from their movie entertainment with your cell phone as it is to infect people with your cigarette smoke if you choose to smoke in a crowded public area. No one else wants to be involved with what you are doing: so DON'T do it! When you are in a movie theater you are not important! No one cares about you! And no one cares about who you know! Sit down, stfu, silence your phone, and watch the movie. You have the opportunity to completely absorb, interpret, compare and contrast with your preconceived notions, learn, and emotionally and physically react to something new. What would motivate you then to check a text message? To me that's like someone saying "oh yeah I'm about to orgasm!!!!...wait lemme check the weather online really quick."

    If the movie sucks then leave, or like I do in some cases watch it from a Mystery Science Theater 3,000 perspective. Either way the movie should be entertaining, and more so than your own life. And don't forget, I have popcorn and will throw it at your head.

    Tell your theater cell phone disaster tale now. =)
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
    I can not say anything about this. I myself have been found guilty of doing this. However I only do it if Im getting numerous calls from the same person. I text them to see if the reason they are calling is an emergency and to let them know im watching a movie. I make sure to text inside my jacket to try and not distract other moviegoers.
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    Jan 11, 2009 12:52 PM GMT
    Using any electronic device while the movie is on is rude, but text messaging while trying to drive is not only rude but dangerous! I am glad I don't have a cell phone.
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    Jan 11, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    I was at the movies and these two people that were on a date had turned up their phones instead. Everybody was too scared to say anything so when I finally did, they stabbed me.

    and the cheapest movie you can get here is 12 dollars.


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    Jan 11, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    blinktwice4y saidI was at the movies and these two people that were on a date had turned up their phones instead. Everybody was too scared to say anything so when I finally did, they stabbed me.


    LOL.

    Seriously, though, why do you expect people to change their behavior in a movie theater when the don't change it anywhere else?

    I don't mind text messaging as much as the elderly at matinees. They come in late, talk loudly, argue with each other, and constantly shout, "What did she say?" or "I don't understand what's happening!" They usually wait till a very dramatic moment or a sad moment to shout out some variation of "What's going on?" or "Is that the same actor who was in _________?" And when they are not talking loudly, they are climbing over everyone to go to the bathroom, since they sat in the middle row even though they knew they'd have to get up at least twice.

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    Jan 11, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    My current texting pet peeve is when guys sit on the bench in the locker room sending text messages, especially when the locker room is crowded.

    I also get sick of people suddenly stop to send a text message in the middle of the street, in business entryways, at the top of the stairs in the subway, at the top of escalators, or any other place where people can easily slam into the back of them.

    Also, 9 times out of 10, if I see someone driving very slowly or erratically they are sending a text message.
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    Jan 11, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    Please add church and being in a line at a store or cafeteria. You a-holes need to get a life. You are not that important. There is a time and place for everything.
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    Jan 11, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    I have a hard time telling the difference between people on a bluetooth device and a crazy street person. I wonder if people would stop having loud phone conversations if we all tried to give them a dollar and had a pitying look on our faces.
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    Jan 11, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    jakebenson saidIf you're spending around 8-11 bucks in order to have the opportunity to sit in a comfortable seat, indulge yourself with body shaking surround sound, and for once break away from your pathetic meaningless excuse of a life and completely immerse yourself in 75-150 minutes of total fantasy, then what the hell would possess you to think "oh let's see if I have any text messages," whip out your lifeless phone and blind every row behind you, just so you can reply, "hey babe I'm watching a movie right now. You wanna do something afterwards? Hey can you do me a favor and..."


    Sound like someone needs to reevaluate their priorities if life is so "meaningless" and "pathetic..."

    Now a days people are becoming more ADD than 4 year olds on a sugar rush. I admit that I have trouble sitting still sometimes through a movie, but at the same time I LOVE movies. Just because someone is texting doesn't mean they aren't still "watching" a movie. Most people listen to it more than they watch and get the same joy out of it.
    I usually have to be doing homework or typing on my computer while I watch a movie because I just can't sit still for 2 hours.

    I can understand that the "blinding" light would be a little annoying, but I also understand people's need to use texting. If they still had their ringtones on so that everytime they recieved a text some Britney Spears song blared into the theatre... THAT would piss me off, but people typically have the decency to put it on vibrate.

    For the record... I DON'T text in the movie theatre, but come on people... it's the daaw of a new age of technology, if you expect things to be the same as they were 10-20 years ago, you're sadly mistaken.

    Suggestion: get over it, cause you'll be seeing a lot more of it.

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    Jan 11, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    It really pisses me off when people text in a movie. Furthermore, the way my luck works they are sitting in my line of vision. The good thing is though, the main theater I go to has stadium seating. It's not much of an issue there. In my opinion though, TALKING is the worst offense in theater etiquette! icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 11, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    I hate the people who don't have the confidence to tell me to turn my phone off.




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    Jan 11, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    Fable saidI hate the people who don't have the confidence to tell me to turn my phone off.




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    turn your phone off you little bitch.
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    Jan 11, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    jakebenson

    When you are in a movie theater you are not important! No one cares about you!


    One could say the same thing about the person who becomes apoplectic about a little bit of light from a cell phone.
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    Jan 11, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    blinktwice4y said
    Fable saidI hate the people who don't have the confidence to tell me to turn my phone off.




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    turn your phone off you little bitch.


    marry me?
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt said
    jakebenson

    When you are in a movie theater you are not important! No one cares about you!


    One could say the same thing about the person who becomes apoplectic about a little bit of light from a cell phone.


    i become apoplectic when i can't see over a jew fro that's in front of me in the theater.


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    Jan 11, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    Fable,

    Shouldn't your phone be turned off anyways? The moment I enter the theater the device is off and packed away.

    No one should have to tell you to TURN OFF YOUR FUCKING PHONE!

    Come on!
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidUsing any electronic device while the movie is on is rude, but text messaging while trying to drive is not only rude but dangerous!


    And now illegal in California.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
    so people with heart monitors cant go in?

    Shet.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    SERIOUSLY?!

    You're bitchin about texting in the theater?!
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    If my phone keeps goin off, you better believe after a while i'm gonna get.
    I'm not gonna miss something important because your ass paid 9 bucks to "Get away" for an hour and a half.

    How about you pay attention to the damn screen and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing

    Q


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    Jan 11, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    blinktwice4y said
    Chewey_Delt said
    jakebenson

    When you are in a movie theater you are not important! No one cares about you!


    One could say the same thing about the person who becomes apoplectic about a little bit of light from a cell phone.


    i become apoplectic when i can't see over a jew fro that's in front of me in the theater.




    See, now that's a complaint I can get behind.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    LOVE THIS Thread btw.

    I don't have a story about myself, but I do have a story about my friend..
    My friend always sits in a seat where someone is sitting behind him. He's always been paranoid that people are making fun of him, taunting him, for some particular reason. Anyways, one time, we went to the theatres to watch a movie, there were these really loud girls who kept on kicking his seat while we were watching the movie, supposedly this happens to him pretty frequent in the theatres. So I guess with all that pent up rage of years of taunting, he finally exploded and threw his food over his head to get the obnoxious girls behind him. Unfortunately, he overshot and got the girl behind them. The girl replied, "I wasn't doing anything, why did you do that?"
    She ran away, I would think to get cleaned up, she did and she also brought along an usher, who escorted my friend out of the theatre.

    At the time I was completely unaware of everything that was going on up to the point where my friend threw his food. It definitely was a WTF moment. HAHAHA! (I had to write that)

    It ended up being a really great story to tell, even though we all left, because you don't leave a friend behind. I forget what movie we were watching, so I guess it didn't really matter.

    Responding to your story. That's IRRITATING! It's like when you're driving and someone is texting/calling someone and almost hits you because they're not fully aware of their environment.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    I have no doubt that many of those people you see texting in inappropriate places, like the theatre, are guilty of everything you say. But I'll give you some other scenarios at the theatre, that may even show our gay prejudice:

    The parent who gets an important message from the babysitter.

    An attorney whose client needs immediate legal representation.

    The medical doctor who gets an urgent call regarding a patient.

    The family member or friend of someone whose car just broke down in traffic.

    A principle function of mobile phones & Blackberries is to free us from being tied down when something important to us is pending. So it's not surprising that people get important calls even in theatres.

    Now I do agree the correct action is to go out into the theatre lobby, and text or call from there, not from your seat. But I can see how someone would initially screen the incoming text message in their seat, to see if it was that important thing they were expecting.

    This technology is so relatively new that we're still sorting out the public etiquette involved. It's a matter of personal responsibility to use these devices intelligently and politely. Morons will be morons, regardless of how high-tech their gadgets are.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Do you know what's worse than cell phones?

    Babies.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Fable saidDo you know what's worse than cell phones?

    Babies.

    those little shits always beat me at staring contests on the subway.
    so i must respect them for that.
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    Jan 11, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    Jake:

    It's the 21st century, technology has changed, and people watch movies differently than in the past.

    Bring your laptop into the theater with you, down load the movie and watch it
    there in your seat. With head phones on, you will not notice anyone around you texting or using their phones.


    On another note:
    Many years ago I was at a movie with friends. While waiting for the movie to start, we noticed some guy a few rows ahead was flipping through a porn mag. Those of us that noticed started snickering and giggling about it. The guy never noticed any of the giggling going on around him, and didn't put the mag down until it was too dark to see the pages.