Imagine yourself at a restaurant. You are with your loved one enjoying a nice conversation. Then your food arrives. (Snap, upload). The scent of the food whets your appetite. (phone buzzes) You take a bite. Yumm… Pure pleasure… (sound of the keyboard). You ask him/her how their day was. (phone buzzes and gets picked up). (They check and see it’s a comment on the food earlier.) The person then replies that their day was ok. Nothing extraordinary happened. (Takes a quick glance on their phone again). (Giggles) Then proceeds to reply at that comment that was made earlier. “They said that the picture I took was really appetizing.” Then you ask to whom she is replying to. He/She replies that it’s a friend.
Etc… Etc… Etc…
You are watching a movie with a special someone. You two are really into it. The lines being delivered are dramatic, the action sequences are engaging. “Wow! I just hate this character!” you exclaim, then look towards the person next to you and you see them looking into their notebook at a picture of a friend on Facebook. “Yes”, he/she replies.
Etc… Etc… Etc…
There’s a time and place for everything, even checking on your facebook(twitter) feeds. If you are with somebody close to you(a friend or a lover), and are enjoying a nice meal, or a movie, regardless if it’s good or bad, under general conditions, there is no acceptable way to check your feeds during that time.
It’s time for people to get educated about virtual etiquette. You can always excuse yourself if you feel the need to check up on whatever news feed you have on your phone or on any of your e-devices. And don’t give this shit(sorry for the language) story about being able to multi-task. “Oh why, thank you for fitting me in with your virtual companions. I feel honored.”
No! No! No!