Texting at Movies? Probably Just a Matter of Time
This tide seems impossible to stop: Patrick Goldstein
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2012 1:14 PM CDT
The tide is hard to stop.   (?LearningLark)

(Newser) – Patrick Goldstein hates—hates—when people text in movie theaters. He's a "purist," he writes in the Los Angeles Times, and can make an impassioned argument about how texters are missing out on the "awe and exhilaration" a great movie can provide if they're constantly checking messages—and simultaneously lighting up the darkened theater for everyone else. And yet, Goldstein seems resigned to a future in which the practice is even more common.

Movie-related apps are everywhere, for instance. "Having tethered moviegoers even more tightly to their cell phones, will exhibitors really continue to draw the line when these same customers nestle into their seats and the lights go out?" he asks. "I doubt it." Theater execs tend to say all the right things about how texting ruins the moment, but they also need to get young people in the seats. Besides, "history proves Americans almost never resist technological change," he writes. Full column here.

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ladyrosedeky
May 3, 2012 10:12 PM CDT
The people who have been texting when I've gone to see a movie have never been young. I just wonder if they know how absolutely annoying it is? If they can't make it an hour and half or two hours w/o checking their messages/text and sending them, they need to stay out of the theater and let everyone else relax.
finkster
May 2, 2012 5:40 PM CDT
Must be a lousy movie to be texting.
DeafDrudge
May 2, 2012 5:27 PM CDT
Simple, save your $$$ and don't spend $10 on a frickin' movie ticket. Go to Netflix or some other online source. Who needs to go to the movies anyway? Wait a few months extra.