I’ve noticed recently that people love to talk so much and think what they have to say is so important that they never shut up. It doesn’t matter where they are, what they are doing or how much it disturbs other people. They have something to say and they are going to say it.
The cell phone has been one thing that has made this behavior increase. People are on the phone all the time. Driving? Don’t let that stop you. Just keep yapping away while you almost kill everyone around you. Ordering at Starbucks? Just barely glance up at the person taking your order and mumble your drink and then go back to the conversation. They’re just a lowly retail person anyway right? I don’t get it. I use my phone to call my family if I have a question or need to tell them i am running late. I don’t like anyone enough to talk as much as most people.
It doesn’t have to be cell phone conversations for people to talk whenever and where ever. In a class? Who cares what’s going on in the class. I have something to say to my friend and I’m not going to wait. Or my personal favorite – I think I am smarter than the person teaching the class and will keep talking and talking in order to prove it. Meeting? Same as above. I’ve even noticed people doing this in church more recently. They see the children’s sermon and/or singing as a time to talk to heir friends. I guess they think the main sermon is the only part that matters.
I don’t know if this has been happening forever and I’m just now starting to get irritated about it or if it is a new phenomenon. I can’t say I have never spoken when I should have been listening. but I can say that I typically shut up when it is appropriate to do so. Others should do the same.