Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Teenage girls addicted to texting?

After a busy work week both my husband and I were anxious to get out of the house and go "do" something. It's been kinda cold so we thought a movie sounded like a good idea.

On Saturday night my hubby and I went to see the movie "Lovely Bones". The theater filled up pretty quickly. A young teen girl was seated right next to me. As soon as she sat down she began texting. We were only seeing movie previews so I thought no big deal. Well, then the movie began and the phone texting back and forth continued! Every time a text comes in or she texts the SCREEN LIGHTS UP! Are you kidding me?! You can't help but be distracted by the lit up screen and constant movements of up and down with the phone.

You'd think I have to say something after a couple of dirty looks. It was extremely annoyed. I bet you would be too. But here is the kicker...the teen girl in front of me and also to the left were all texting throughout the movie!

I'd have to stop watching the movie (therefore miss what I'd came there for) and go get someone to stop all the texting! Or tell them ALL to stop and be the "Bitch" of the movie theater.

My question is: Do teen girls have a texting addiction? I didn't see any guys in constant text mode. Can't they just turn off the cell phone and watch a movie???

Highly annoyed and really concerned about what is happening to teen girls.

Whew! Sorry about that...off my soapbox for now...


  1. It becomes an addiction if parents enable the addiction...like all addicts, there is always an enabler! Who is paying for the cell phone and for the texting option?

  2. Luckily we don't have that problem here (or at least not yet). Probably because the Danes show very funny "turn off your telephone" adverts just before the film starts. They don't tell people off, they make fun of them! Seems to be working... :)

  3. All I can say is there are a lot of enablers out there! Parents please open your eyes. Are your teens addicted to texting? Be honest and DO something about it!

    Sounds like the Danes are ahead of the game on this one. Can we borrow your "don't text" ad for our movie theaters???

  4. I've noticed that, too - there are a couple young college students in my choir who sit next to me, and they've always got their phones out in-between pieces/at breaks/etc. etc. It can certainly be a bit distracting, but at least they have the sense to turn the ringers off...

  5. Yes, such continuous texting prevents a person from developing effective personal social skills. My husband and I watch in amazement as people around a table at restaurants ignore and/or interrupt dinner companions to text continuously with those not present.

  6. Michelle,

    You are so right! Texting is preventing teens from developing the necessary social skills they will need in life.

    How can we allow anyone at our dinner table to ignore those they are seated with--in order to text others! Unbelievable & shocking!


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