Sherrin weighs in –
Last night I went to see highlights from the ballet "Swan Lake" performed by the Korea National Ballet. The dancing was wonderful – a shame about the audience though. It was a full house with standing room only. The curtain rose and the performance began. Suddenly, little bright lights started to flicker throughout the audience. Nearby, I could hear strange clicking sounds. I was shocked to see that people were texting on their mobile phones!
This continued throughout the whole performance. And it got worse. A woman sitting directly behind me spent the whole performance talking either to her husband sitting beside her or making calls on her phone. A few rows in front of me a phone rang. The man answered and proceeded to have a conversation. Throughout the performance little bright lights flickered on and off all around the concert hall. The strange clicking sounds – 'snap!' – were the sounds as people closed their phones.
The worst was yet to come. There were hundreds of children in the audience – which was great. Kids should be exposed to as many experiences as possible. However, what wasn't so great was their constant talking throughout the performance. Most shocking to me was the parents made no effort whatsoever to teach their kids the appropriate behavior expected of an audience. On one side of me a little girl, when she wasn't talking to her mother or sister, spent a considerable amount of time jumping up and down on her seat or kicking the back of the seat in front. On my other side a woman and her little boy held a running conversation throughout the entire performance.
Masses of people disturbing others with their mobile phones, and parents who don't take the time or trouble to teach their kids to be mindful of others – I have to say I have never seen people behave so selfishly. It was shameful.
Perhaps I shouldn't have been so surprised. After all, just look around. When it comes to the environment, the evidence of such attitudes and behavior is all around us.