teenagers manners mobile phone

August 27, 2011 4:48pm CST
I am getting more and more angry at my teenage son whom keeps texting when I am talking to him. I know a lot of people do this but I think it is like having an uninvited guest in the room. Am I being old fashioned thinking he should put the phone down when we are speaking to each oither?
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@SydneyJ (903)
• United States
27 Aug 11
I do understand this but I will admit to being a teenager who texts while someone is talking to me. But even if you're talking to us we are also talking to someone else so at the same time as there is an unwanted guest in your conversation there is also you being the unwanted guest in thier conversation.
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
28 Aug 11
I'm a teenager too but I don't use my phone because texting depletes my credit. I do agree though that teenagers are more concerned with their friends and tend to ignore their parents more. It's a bit of a phase. I don't converse with my parents that much. Though it is kind of rude brushing off parents like that. That's the modern teen!
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@SydneyJ (903)
• United States
28 Aug 11
But I think if you are able to keep both conversations straight while still listening to your parents and responding it shouldn't be a huge deal.
@Nadinest1 (2037)
• Canada
29 Aug 11
No, you are not being old fashioned....you are just trying to teach you son proper manners. It just shows disrespect to be texting while someone is talking to you. Keep up the good work....I can tell you are being a good, loving mom.
@sid556 (30997)
• United States
28 Aug 11
Hi Gnomeland, No, you are not being old Fashioned at all. It is very rude to not look at and pay attention when someone is speaking to you. It is no different than if they are staring at the tv or absorbed on the net. It's not just the teens. I work in a store and I can't tell your how many adults as well as teens come up to the counter either texting or talking on their cells. It's just plain rude. If it were my kid, I'd just stop talking and tell them to come to me when they are ready to listen and they best hope it's not important or they might face some consequences. I refuse to try to talk to anyone who is preoccupied with something else.
• Philippines
28 Aug 11
I don't think it's old-fashioned at all. If you're talking to someone, they should be listening to you with their full attention, especially since he's you're son. You should be getting the right amount of respect for this.
• Ireland
28 Aug 11
Yep, unfortunately this is a regular occurrence and it is not only teenagers who do this either. I have worked in mobile phone stores and whilst speaking to customers, answering their queries and giving them information that they have come into the store for, if their phone is to ring or they receive a text, they will just cut me off and answer the phone or start texting back. Even when there is a big que of customers behind them, and unfortunately most of the time I would have to stand there waiting for them to end their call so I could carry on with my job. Extremely frustrating, I would never dream of cutting people off if my phone rang, in fact I keep it on silent if I am going to visit people or have people over.
@tiina05 (2318)
• Philippines
28 Aug 11
hello, Well, I just turn 20 maybe I still consider teenager. Ha ha just assuming. Okay? seriously, this is not good at all specially if you are talking to your son but he keeps on texting like he did not hear you and will answer you just to say yes etc. Well, I've been addicted also in texting when I was a teenager but I never do that to my mom, even she yells at me. I still listen to her because I know that she will get more mad if I wont listen to her. I think you are not old fashioned or what. Maybe your son just dont know how to respect the one who is talking to him.
@leyisa (487)
• Canada
28 Aug 11
No- I don't think that you are being okd fashioned at all - its about respect and you probably feel that he is being disrespectful by recon while you are talking. It's a different generation now in which everyone appears to have a phone - I miss the good old days -:)