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Old May 12th, 2018, 06:07 PM   #1
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Phones used during a movie

Iím a baby boomer. My wife and I like to go out to a movie. Big screen, popcorn, and sharing a show with an audience. But our indulgence is threatened, by people who cannot make it through a show without checking their phones.

I canít see a good way of dealing with the issue. You confront them, they escalate. (Rude people never take correction well) You report them, you still interrupt your movie. Iíve complained after and gotten a refund, but Iíve still lost my time and the pleasant experience Iíd planned on.

Some think we should just cave to the millennial generation and permit phone use in theaters. Unacceptable to me.

Still, in the here and now , whatís the best way to deal with it?
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Old May 12th, 2018, 06:27 PM   #3
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Iím a baby boomer. My wife and I like to go out to a movie. Big screen, popcorn, and sharing a show with an audience. But our indulgence is threatened, by people who cannot make it through a show without checking their phones.

I canít see a good way of dealing with the issue. You confront them, they escalate. (Rude people never take correction well) You report them, you still interrupt your movie. Iíve complained after and gotten a refund, but Iíve still lost my time and the pleasant experience Iíd planned on.

Some think we should just cave to the millennial generation and permit phone use in theaters. Unacceptable to me.

Still, in the here and now , whatís the best way to deal with it?
I understand how you feel, but let me make a few points.

Unless the darn phone rings and the rude person actually talks on the phone inside the auditorium while the movie is in progress, they checking their phones should not be that big of an issue because you should be focused on the movie, and not the people around you. In fact, I think it is equally rude to be looking at the people sitting around you as you should be looking at the screen and not AT THEM.

I'm one of those guys that have to constantly check my phone when I am in silent mode because my occupation actually requires it. I have even developed a habit of waking up every 15 minutes to check my phone even when I sleep. It sucks to always have to check my phone and to plug it into a charger whenever I am driving or at a stationary position with an outlet. My constant checking of my phone is not a desire but a necessity. BTW, I have to also have a backup phone at all times. I have to travel with two laptops, and have to buy the WI-FI option whenever I fly. Going through security at the airport with two carry-on laptops nearly always raise a flag, and then when they see that I also have two cellphones, it gets to be a drag.
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Old May 12th, 2018, 06:30 PM   #4
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One idea I read, is to sit near the front so that at least the glowing screens are behind you.
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Old May 12th, 2018, 06:37 PM   #5
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I understand how you feel, but let me make a few points.

Unless the darn phone rings and the rude person actually talks on the phone inside the auditorium while the movie is in progress, they checking their phones should not be that big of an issue because you should be focused on the movie, and not the people around you. In fact, I think it is equally rude to be looking at the people sitting around you as you should be looking at the screen and not AT THEM.

I'm one of those guys that have to constantly check my phone when I am in silent mode because my occupation actually requires it. I have even developed a habit of waking up every 15 minutes to check my phone even when I sleep. It sucks to always have to check my phone and to plug it into a charger whenever I am driving or at a stationary position with an outlet. My constant checking of my phone is not a desire but a necessity. BTW, I have to also have a backup phone at all times. I have to travel with two laptops, and have to buy the WI-FI option whenever I fly. Going through security at the airport with two carry-on laptops nearly always raise a flag, and then when they see that I also have two cellphones, it gets to be a drag.
The glow of a phone is a distraction in a theater. A very rude one. Iím trying to be lost in the fantasy world of the movie and the glow from phones in the corner of my eye destroys the illusion. You chose your job, I didnít.
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Old May 12th, 2018, 06:42 PM   #6
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Don't go to the theaters. Save the money and watch it at home.
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Old May 12th, 2018, 06:45 PM   #7
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Don't go to the theaters. Save the money and watch it at home.
Screw you. What makes you and your needs more important than all the other people in the theater?

You conceited, entitled prick.

You stay home and masterbate with your two phones.
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Old May 12th, 2018, 07:21 PM   #9
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Screw you. What makes you and your needs more important than all the other people in the theater?

You conceited, entitled prick.

You stay home and masterbate with your two phones.
You know what? I was going to actually let this comment slide because you're like a worm under my heel, but I'm not. For a number of reasons.

Firstly nowhere in my fucking post did I imply at all that I take part in such activities. I have this radical thing called manners that was taught to me by my parents, and I know that it is not socially acceptable nor is it fucking appropriate to whip out my cell phone to check Facebook or whatever. I have never done such a thing in my life and I never will because I'm not a fucking asshole.

My post, rather, was towards the fact that he was bothered by this display, but there's nothing he can do. These are grown adults who do this, who really ought to know better by now. But they either don't, or do and don't care. So what does that leave you? Going back to the same thing that's bringing you displeasure? Spending a good amount of money on concessions and tickets, and having your whole experience ruined by the faggot in front of you who won't stop taking seflies or texting in his groupchat? Obviously fucking not. In this day and age you have the ability to watch those movies in the comfort of your own home, for a substantially less amount of money. And you certainly won't have to deal with someone on their phone unless it's you.

I'm rather annoyed that you jumped this extreme for, well, no fucking reason. How old are you, RNG? You look like you're due for the hospice, so you really ought to have some fucking reading comprehension skills and maybe picked up on the context clues. Again, I reiterate. Not a single fucking part of my post, not a single word, not a single fucking letter, should lead you to believe that I support and condone that behavior.

Fuck off, mate.
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The glow of a phone is a distraction in a theater. A very rude one. Iím trying to be lost in the fantasy world of the movie and the glow from phones in the corner of my eye destroys the illusion. You chose your job, I didnít.
I understand that. But my point stands that you should be focused on the screen and not what is around you. I try to turn down my light settings and try to be discreet by checking the phone under my jacket. The only other option is vibrate, which really echoes and really reverberates inside an auditorium WHERE SOUND IS DESIGNED TO CARRY.

Please keep in mind that I am the guy that will possibly see a text message and respond despite my investment in the movie ticket, the popcorn, the hotdog, the drink, and rush off to SAVE YOUR LIFE when you were not actually at the theater bitching about guys like me. I chose my job, not be a prisoner of the whims of someone ungrateful for what I and a many of others do.

What the electronic age has done is to speed things up. In the old days, a guy like me would get a page, then I would have to find a pay phone, and MAYBE I will have enough coins on me to make the phone call however longs it take to walk someone through what needs to be done before you expire. Today, entire history and charts are sent instantly.

Times change. With the good comes some bad. That is the entire point of my post. This issue is here to stay. Learn to deal with it and accept it because you are part of this whether you seem to realize it not. Every profession is built on the ability to exploit the phone and computers, and many of those professions rely on the ability to quickly alert and mobilize associates.

While that guy in the row in front of you pissed you off by checking his phone, he very well may have a member of a team of many professions that responded to save someone you love or your house that caught on fire while you were at the theater.
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