Our obsession with mobile phones is a modern curse

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A couple of weeks ago comedian Michael McIntyre walked off stage because a woman sitting in the front row kept using her mobile phone, and not just texting, she was actually making calls during the show.

McIntyre refused to return until she’d been removed, a stance which the rest of the audience wholly supported, according to most reports, which tell of crowds chanting for her to leave.

And good on him I say.

People can be incredibly rude while talking or even just texting on their phones.

I’ve seen groups of friends in a restaurant all sitting there checking Facebook not saying a word to each other.

I’ve witnessed sales assistants being totally ignored by customers so wrapped up in their conversation they don’t even bother to look at the person serving them.

And people concentrating so hard on texting their mates while walking down the street they end up bumping into everyone else.

But what I really can’t understand is why you’d pay for front row seats if you’re simply going to ignore the show?

It goes beyond rude, that’s completely just daft.

Jez: When it comes to annoying habits with mobiles my kids have recently started playing Minecraft.

This means every spare minute of the day they seem to be flicking their fingers across the phone and are unable to answer any questions put to them.

My wife is also guilty of doing something annoying with hers.

At night, once the kids are tucked up in bed she will sit next to me on the sofa and start surfing eBay for any bargains.

I find this very irritating as I want her to sit and enjoy our nightly television viewing.

I don’t expect to see her fingers doing a Riverdance impression on her smartphone.

One of my friends has also developed the annoying habit of texting me a photo of his meal whenever he eats out.

I have no bad habits when it comes to mobile phones.

Oh, hang on, I do spend quite a bit of time checking the Plane Finder and Ship Finder apps.