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I was getting my hairs cut by this lady who has done this cutting for me for years. We were talking about tech and it's trappings. I said ya know, The horse must have been a real pita it it's last days, and while the car was far superior, certainly comes with a new set of problems not the least of which is who gets shotgun and will it do a burnout.
Walking into things Instead of Looking where you're going
. . . or driving into them
Spelling like a cretin
Thinking a 'smile' or other of its ilk suffice instead of really typing something meaningful
Displaying ever nauseating minute of your life to everyone
obviating the need to plan ahead, hoping "There's an App for That!"
selfies - reason enough to ban the blight
You most painful remark, however is:
Mike Mullikin wrote:
Can't take decent pictures or video without lugging around a separate camera
that's still true, even with the current phone-in-face melding. I've seen what passes for pictures. A "Disc File Camera[^]" was not a Hassleblad. And it showed. It wasn't even an "instamatic". It would pass for a decent cellphone.
I'd consider driving the car into a restaurant bad manners. I don't want to smell their exhaust. If the person they were with weren't similarly brain-dead, I'd imagine they're sitting at a table to be with them and not watch them grinning at their phone.
A house can be a home or a prison.
I'd be rather annoyed if people had a face full of food wherever I went.
Those miserable devices are ringing and glowing and generally destroying real human interaction, particularly common sense and courtesy - in virtually every venue.
As it turns out, unlike the examples you chose, the use of these devices recognizes no boundaries or limitations in its (mis)usage. Like smoking: once upon a time someone would ask "do you mind if I smoke?" - this changed to where they'd light up the damn things anywhere and everywhere. With a little luck, we'll continue down the path and outlaw them devices in public places.