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The Mysterious World of Young People, part 398

  Mon 7th February 2011

We went out to see Lancaster University's Big Band who were playing a small club attached to a local pub. I was pleased to see how Frances struck up conversations with strangers. I like not having to worry about people when you take them out. My friend Veronica, who was quite drunk, embraced me and kissed me unexpectedly warmly, perhaps feeling insulated from any unwanted advances by the fact that I was with someone else.

Several young people were texting throughout it, faces buried in phones. The woman sitting next to me was checking hers every few seconds. After the hundredth flash of blue light from her screen during the music I was ready to snatch it out of her hand and smash the bloody thing to pieces.

Say three drinks during an evening. That's nine quid to go out texting. I don't understand it.

2 comments

Comment from: heybartender [Visitor]

Oh gods don’t get me started about the texting. Over here everybody does it while driving- DRIVING! I can’t tell you how often I come up on somebody’s left on the interstate and see that they are typing away at 65 miles per hour, only half an eye on the road. Makes me want to scream. And what about people who sit across a table from each other at a restaurant and never make eye contact because they’re too busy worrying about the friends that aren’t there?
Whoops, sorry. Touched a nerve, I guess.

Tue 8th February 2011 @ 23:51
Comment from: looby [Visitor]

I can’t stand it, it’s so rude. It’s as if people have given up the idea of taking the evening as it might be, good or bad, but continually want to check if there’s a better position to be had somewhere else.

Thu 10th February 2011 @ 23:06


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