"I don't know about you, but I find it extremely rude that when in the company of another that they continue to play with their mobile phone that they have in hand 'at the ready.'
I strongly approve of the shops that refuse to serve customers at the till while they are using their phone. Can any of you possibly imagine (had the technology existed at the time) of soldiers in the trenches of two world wars posting on 'You Tube' instant images of death and carnage they were experiencing? No way! Many soldiers were unable to ever speak of the horrors of war that they'd witnessed, let alone consider posting images of depravity or disgusting pictures of ex-partners on Facebook.
This wasn't just the 'stiff upper lip' that prevailed at the time, but rather a display of respect for the time, the person and the occasion; sadly a type of respect for one's fellow citizen which seems to have vanished today. So stop monkeying around and get off that blasted phone and rejoin life in the making, not the recording." William Forde: October 20th, 2014.