By the 1940’s, most Americans had a telephone in their home, but for some, concerns about phones making people rude were huge. When inviting someone to a party, it was etiquette to send a written invite. With a phone, people found it easier to just call. Answering the phone properly was even up for scrutiny. In fact, no one should have answered the phone with a simple ‘hello’, but instead it was important to many that one introduced themselves when first speaking.
A lot of things in the world have changed since then. If calling someone for an invite was rude in the 1940’s, we wonder what they would have thought of app’s like e-vite. Sadly, technology has made some people more rude, disrespectful and even careless.
”It seems our society may have lost its way especially when it comes to our phones,” said an article named Our Favorite Devices Could Be Making Us Rude in the September edition of Scholastic Scope.
Reporters Lauren Tarshis and Kristin Lewis discussed how technology is affecting today’s society. Most teens get too wrapped up in their phones instead of thinking about what’s happening in the real world.
A lot of teens end up hurt because of this.
“In 2014, more than 2,500 pedestrians ended up in the emergency room as a result of using their phones” while walking.
Junior Micah Robison has encountered careless texting.
“When I was backing out of my parking spot at school, one of my classmates blindly walked behind my car without looking because he was too deep into whatever was on his phone. Luckily, I am an alert driver,” said Robison.
A lot of teens don’t realize the consequences of carelessly using their phone.
Another consequence is that teens with technology are often just plain rude.
Ever go out to dinner with someone and they are buried in that phone? Or you try to talk to someone and they cannot hear you over their beats?
Senior Darryis King can relate. In fact, his girlfriend may often be on her phone when he wants to spend quality time with her.
“Babe, please just get off the phone. We are together now. We are important not that group chat,” King embarrassingly shared.
His girlfriend said, “I disagree. I am not even on my phone like that and my phone was even broken for a week.”
Even while at the Movies, you can‘t escape the use of technology because people like to snap a quick selfie or even hold full cell phone conversations while others try to listen to the movie.
Junior De’Nair Adams knows exactly how upsetting that can be. He recalls going out to see a movie with his friends and having two rude boys sit next to him using their phones.
“I remember me and my friends went out to go see The Maze Runner and two kids sat next to us using their phones the entire time. Even going as far as to use their flashlight while we watched the movie which was extremely annoying and distracting,” Adams said remembering the memory.
No matter what your favorite device may be, make sure you are not being careless or downright rude in its use.
“I do not always listen to my beats when people are talking, in fact I sometimes turn them really low so I can overhear them talking when they think I cannot hear them,” confided Senior Malik Hill.