Hi there dear blog reading friends. So it turns out putting together travel guides takes a really long time and a lot of effort. I’ve been in the middle of summer busyness including a mostly impromptu visit from my long distance partner in the middle of the week. So they’re not entirely finished.
So instead of leaving you in the lurch while I finish putting together those guides, I’ve decided to put together a post on something that’s been driving me crazy lately – People on Their Phones At A Movie Theatre.
Between Baby Driver, The Big Sick, Dunkirk and Spider-Man in the last month I’ve seen a lot of movies. Side note: you should see all four of those but if you’re going to watch just one – Baby Driver was my favourite. I love a fast paced movie and am a sucker for a good heist.
Now these movies are completely different but they’ve all had one thing in common when I’ve gone to see them. In the middle of all these movies in a pitch black theatre – someone will take out their phone and start scrolling aimlessly.
I should clarify that I often arrive early at movies to get good seats and see the previews. So I’m sitting in the middle of the theatre and the people taking their phones out are always in front of me – meaning that everyone in these packed theatres can see everything on their phone. I’m a pretty understanding person and if it’s an emergency and you’re grabbing your phone to run out of the theatre on a call: NO BIG DEAL! If you’re sitting in the back row with no one around you and your phone on silent GO FOR IT. If you’re quickly checking a text because your phone has buzzed a thousand times NO PROBLEM.
But that is not what’s happening – here are the types of people on their phones at a movie.
Types of people on their phones in theatres
The obsessive text checker
You know the person, they aren’t sending or receiving a text. They’re just staring at the same three back-to-back texts they sent someone. It’s the type of person that make you want to scream “she’s leaving you get over it and put your phone away!” They’re so desperate for a response they’ll stare at their own text for five minutes, bothering everyone in the theatre trying to watch a young Spider-Man fall in love.
The aimless scroller
This person is clearly bored in the movie. Which when you’re watching Dunkirk and it’s very intense I don’t really understand but everyone has their own tastes so okay. But if you’re really that bored then just leave the movie, don’t ruin it for everyone around you. I don’t need to see ten minutes of your Facebook feed when I’ve paid $7 for a movie ticket (it was cheap Tuesday but my money still matters!)
The needless updater
This one is perhaps the most ridiculous it’s the person who posts a status update partway through the movie to announce to all their Facebook friends what movie they are watching. Really? This was worth bothering 100+ people? Cool glad you’re such a thoughtful kind person.
Phone etiquette in a movie theatre
After this happened four times in crowded theatres and I had tried various approaches, my partner and I approached a staff member and asked them what we’re supposed to do. Essentially they said, you can ask the person to get off their phone (sometimes they’re sitting too far away for you to do this without causing a disturbance), tell a staff member (but the person might no longer be on the phone by the time you leave, grab a staff member and come back) or just deal with it.
If you’re one of these people on your phone the whole time – we can all see what you’re doing, I know exactly what you’re looking at, we can all read your message even from several rows back. No matter how much you turn your brightness down – it still lights up the whole theatre. So just put it away and keep it away or leave the theatre.
Have you noticed more people taking their phones out while they’re in movies? What do you do about it? Let me know your suggestions in the comments. And don’t forget to follow me on bloglovin’