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Should a parent use his or her cell phone while at their child’s sporting, music or arts event?

Response Percent Votes
65% 349
22% 117
Not sure
12% 65
Total 531


g_rock 1 year, 9 months ago

Only if you are taunting the parents of the other team via text, tweet or facebook.


Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 9 months ago

It's very rude and inconsiderate to use a telephone when it's not appropriate to do so. Of course, there are occasional emergencies and other situations that might arise, as JayCat_67 stated.

The upcoming generation seems to be hardwired into their telephones or something. I can offer no reasonable explanation for one young man's behavior. He was an employee of a friend of mine, he was less than 20 years old, he was learning incredible and marketable electronic and computer skills very quickly, and he was being paid $10 an hour.

My friend had a really serious problem with his employee in that he was constantly on the phone, receiving and answering texts and phone calls while he was supposedly working, and getting paid $10 an hour. He told his employee a few times that this was a problem and it needed to stop.

But, it didn't stop. Finally my friend had had enough. He told his employee flat out that if he continued to receive and make telephone calls and texts while he was at work, he would have to confiscate his telephone while he was at work.

This was the answer he got: "If that's the way it's going to be, I don't want to work here." And then, he walked off the job.

He was very easily replaced, it didn't take long to find two other teenagers that were interested in a relatively high paying part time job with very flexible hours. The phones are still a little bit of a problem, but these two are rather interested in the $10 per hour.


JayCat_67 1 year, 9 months ago

Unfortunately, I am pretty much on call 24/7. It sucks, but it also feeds the little urchin kicking the soccer ball down the field or singing in the choir. If it can wait, I'll call back at halftime/intermission or after the game/concert. If it can't wait, time to step out. It's a simple matter of considering those around you.


Alexander Smith 1 year, 9 months ago

For pictures or to call someone about he even the child is in. By using the phone for other purposes it sets a bad example for the children on how they should act at events. I am bored at churce.. will I will just play a game on my cell phone.

Cell phones are a blessing and a curse all in one packadge. They help us communicate faster especially in emergencies but also degrade our social skills and shows lack of respect to others. Plus I see so many people missout and cool things that are happening around them because they are too busy texting or talking. Plus they are a safety hazard when driving.


jkr1739 1 year, 9 months ago

This is a stupid question. Would I take a phone call if I was sitting in the bleachers at my sons little league game? Yes. Would I take a phone call during my sons school music program? Absolutely not, in fact It would be turned off. The question posed above dosen't differentiate the scenarios, therefore, is a flawed question to begin with.


LJ Whirled 1 year, 9 months ago

Sporting events ... who cares. Just step away from the stands if you are going to be yakking (loudly, especially) non-stop, for a long time.

Music and arts events ... seriously? No.


booyalab 1 year, 9 months ago

It just amazes me the confidence people have to make such broad judgments about vague situations.


consumer1 1 year, 9 months ago

"Should Parent's demean their child for not being Pro athletes at T ball games??? or little league baseball games"? That is a better quetion. I have seen way too many jerk parents, mostly men, berate their 4-5 and 7-9 year olds for not doing well. I have also said something to them. Which they don't like much either.


BABBOY 1 year, 9 months ago

I am going to do it. I will do so as politely as possible. But, I am going to use my phone and do not care what people think


Topple 1 year, 9 months ago

What else is a parent supposed to do to entertain themselves?


Abdu Omar 1 year, 9 months ago

It depends on the event. Sports, no problem. Music, no way! How rude it would be to talk on phone while the child is playing a piano recital.


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