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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


Abdu Omar 5 years, 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.

Topple 5 years, 9 months ago

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

MarcoPogo 5 years, 9 months ago

And what will you do with that phone?

"Porn. I could do porn......."

Jeff Rice 5 years, 9 months ago

How does this have anything to do with using a phone or not. Go preach elsewhere...

MISTERTibbs 5 years, 9 months ago

Saw this happen last week when I went to watch some little league baseball.

The coach was screaming at his kids the entire game and then decided to take it out on the umpires. I think blue was about ready to toss the guy, but the game ended 1/2 an inning later so he just put up with it. I found out later the screamer's team won the game fairly handily and had gone undefeated in the league. Still doesn't excuse his actions and I'm glad I don't have any grandkids playing for him.

booyalab 5 years, 9 months ago

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

Jeff Rice 5 years, 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.

Alexander Smith 5 years, 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.

JayCat_67 5 years, 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.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 9 months ago

JayCat_67, what a difference between your measured response and that Babboy above. Consideration is becoming lost in America.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 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.

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