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Do you have a cell phone? It seems like a dumb question, we know, but most of us take advantage of our smart phones to the point where someone needs to confiscate the block of metal so we can stop ruining our lives and all of our friendships.

Okay, we may be exaggerating, but these are some things that people do with their phones which make for HUGE reasons why they should not be allowed to own a cellular device.

Public Notifications

We are begging you, here. If you are in a public setting, do us all a little favor and turn that thing on vibrate. If you’re an iPhone user, go ahead and look on the left side of your phone and flip that little switch so where you see the orange line. It will save everyone a little mental sanity when we no longer hear your phone beeping every two seconds because your group messages are lit.


Camera Shutter Sound

This almost goes hand in hand with having your phone on silent any time you’re in public. You have to avoid that awkward moment when you go to take a creeper snapchat of someone and your sound is on and they hear your shutter. Because when that happens, you just wanna crawl into a hole and never come out because you’re afraid that cute boy on the bus is going to remember that you were the one taking a picture of him. Oops.


FaceTiming in Public

For all of you iPhone users out there, this one is for you. Yes, we agree that FaceTime is one of the best things ever invented, but there is NO need for you to hold out your phone at full arms length and talk to your friend right out in the open. Frankly, you just look dumb and no one else wants to hear AND see your conversation in the middle of a crowded area. It takes the “public selfie” to a whole new level.


Lack of Human Interaction

Technology in general has been turning our generation into such introverts. We once wanted to go out and play with our friends, but now we want to sit on Instagram and make sure all of our photos match our feed. It’s ridiculous. Ask yourself this question: when was the last time you went out to eat with a group of people and everyone, at some point, was on their phones at the same time? This happens WAY too often. Put down the phone, raise up your chin and talk to a human in real life.


and last but definitely not least,


If you have a cellular device and you think it’s okay to have a full blown conversation with someone and “words” like “k”, “oh”, “ok”, “ya”, “no” and “lol” are commonly used in your message end of the thread, THROW AWAY YOUR PHONE. Stop texting, delete every app you own, cancel all of your accounts and formally apologize to every person you have ever texted. They are appalled with you, we guarantee it. One word replies are the fastest way to lose all your friends, family, fans and even pets (dogs don’t like to simply be told “no” either). If a one-word reply was actually necessary, you better have a damn good excuse or a funny gif to make up for it.


Next time you decide to keep your sound on in public or reply “k” to a text, you’re really going to be listening to Drake, because we’re definitely not going to make your hotline bling ever again.

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Sarah Schreiner is a sophomore journalism major at UNT. She is a sass queen if you have ever met one. She loves laughing at her own tweets, taking candid photos of her best friends, and has no clue what "morning" is.

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