Since the age of 16 I’ve always had a job. It all started with labouring for my friend’s dad, but once I realised I was awful at it I got myself a job in the catering sector. A sector of work which, for the most part, I thoroughly enjoy working in. You’re always meeting new people, having conversations and with staff turnover, making new friends every couple of months – it’s actually really rewarding at times, too.
But you know what does my head in massively, amidst all the people asking for a booth, or just being a bit shitty? It’s seeing couples who have came, assuming they’re happy (not always the case, I witnessed a break-up not so long ago), to spend some time together and generally enjoy each other’s company, to just sit there on their phone s the whole time. In fact, the most contact one may see them having is when their food arrives, they look up make brief eye contact and proceed to eat their meals. W H Y ARE YOU TOGETHER?
But this is not something I hate watching happen between couples, I hate seeing it full stop. Why is it that in this day and age that even when taking part in a social event, people feel the need to constantly check their social media to see what is going on? When, you know, they could actually be socialising with their friend that is literally right there, right in front of them. But then again, I say this as if their friend themselves isn’t on their phone. It’s massively frustrating.
Now don’t get me wrong I too indulge in the world of social media, I thoroughly used to enjoy telling people what I’m up to, until I realised, that unless it’s funny at your own expense, nobody gives a shit. But I digress, my point is, why is it that people these days would rather tweet about what they’re doing than actually do it.
The worst thing is, I myself saw the error of my ways and started to realise not only how stupid it is, but how just plain rude it is. I wonder, what if these people haven’t saw each other in years and in a way of reigniting an old friendship the meet up, and then just sit there on their phones the whole time. What even is the point?
What’s strange is the social convention of “One second sorry, I’ve got a text” – you’re saying that to a person that you are actually talking to at that moment in time, so really shouldn’t you finish your conversation and then continue the conversation you’re having via text? I’m ashamed that looking back upon the great generations before us and possibly after us, there will be us, the true grey area. People will call us the Snapchat generation; the generation that were just really fucking rude.