Please Don’t Use Your Cell Phone During a Movie

Cell phone use during a movie bugs me, whether it is the beacon of light emanating from a cell phone screen in the dark movie theater or the sound of someone carrying on a conversation.

Although I know that I am not the only who feels this way, The Hollywood Reporter revealed some interesting findings in a survey of 750 social network users ranging in age from 13 to 49 conducted by market research firm Penn Schoen Berland:

Fifty-five percent of moviegoers have texted during a movie. And film moguls, take note: The poll found that a majority of 18-to-34-year-olds believe using social media while watching a movie in a theater would add to their experience, and nearly half would be interested in going to theaters that allowed texting and web surfing. “Millennials want their public moviegoing experience to replicate their own private media experiences,” says Penn.

Apparently, the “please turn off your cell phones” announcements aren’t working too well.

I have never seen a movie theater employee ask someone to stop using a cell phone during a movie, so I sometimes end up doing it myself.

So, if someone asks you to stop using your cell phone during a movie at Corona Crossings, Dos Lagos or the Tyler Galleria, it just might be me.

2 thoughts on “Please Don’t Use Your Cell Phone During a Movie

  • Also, for my fellow parents:

    Please don’t bring your young children to an R-rated movie and proceed to let them talk, yell and run around the theater. Thank you.

  • How about no talking either? Last night, a group of people behind me talked throughout the entire movie. Normally I would say something, but this group was probably 30 years my senior and I couldn’t get the “respect your elders” rule out of my head.


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