I went to my daughter’s middle school concert last night, and much to my dismay the woman in front of me (a mother, I presume) was texting on her phone for the better part of an hour and a half show.
What could possibly be so important?
Unless this woman is Jack Bauer about to save the world on 24, a death row lawyer with a client waiting for a reprieve or the head of organ transplants at a local hospital…I honestly can’t imagine what can’t wait.
Because here’s the thing – no matter how discreet you try to be it’s annoying and distracting to people around you.
I could see the blue glow from her phone. And I bet some of the kids on stage, who’ve been working so hard preparing the show, could too.
Let’s show some respect for other people’s ideas, hard work, and creativity.
It’s not just middle school performances where this is happening. It’s also in Broadway audiences, and frankly, it’s making me think twice lately about going to a show.
The message at the beginning of a stage performance (or movie) to put your cell phones on vibrate is a great start. There’s nothing worse than an unwanted ring interrupting a beautiful performance.
But let’s not stop there. Let’s ban all absolutely non-emergency checking of phones and Blackberry’s. I understand the addiction, my thumbs are as itchy and twitchy as the next person’s.
But out of respect for the artists, be they 12 years old or 120, let’s resist the urge.
Put the device down and put those fingers to better use clapping ecstatically to reward the efforts of the people with enough passion, drive, and courage to be up on the stage (or screen).
That’s my point of view. What’s your twist?
Is unchecked texting ruining your ability to enjoy a good performance?