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citethesource October 21st, 2014 12:07am

The theater announcement comes on asking you to turn off your phone. Do you ignore this, turn to silent mode, or actually power down your phone?

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10/21/14 4:44 pm

Turn it off. It messes with the sound systems a lot, not counting the distraction it causes.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/21/14 1:15 pm

All the way off, same as takeoff and landing. I don't want it vibrating or lighting up in my pocket, and I won't be looking at or even touching it anyway until I have left the theater. A few hours without phone won't hurt me.

10/21/14 12:51 pm

I'm not addicted to my phone. I have it turned off the second the lights are dimmed.

vin woof
10/21/14 6:57 am

I shut the devise off before the announcement.

Torfin Never Behind
10/21/14 2:31 am

I usually already have powered it down by that time.

moonshot More often I know nothing
10/21/14 12:45 am

I turn it off. I am there to watch a movie, not monitor my phone. Bright phones, even on silent, are distracting to other patrons as well.

WildRice With a side of sass
10/20/14 8:50 pm

Silent. If I'm at the movies then chances are the kids are with a sitter and I need to be available

firefly5 the verse
10/20/14 10:08 pm

my wife's phone is on. mine can be off.

no, mines still on, too.

Rosebud Ohio
10/20/14 8:14 pm

I put it on silent. But ours asks us to silence it and not use it during the movie.

KatG Liberal in Ohio
10/20/14 8:05 pm

If my child is with me, off it goes. If he's with a sitter, I put it on silent. I need to be reachable if my kid is in the care of someone other than myself.

moonshot More often I know nothing
10/21/14 12:46 am

You want to be, but you don't need to be. What in the world did we do before cell phones?

pyromnt New York
10/20/14 6:03 pm

As someone who works in the theater world, the cellular transmission is what interferes with microphones and headsets

Therefore silencing the phones don't do anything, they need to be put in airplane mode or turned off to avoid damaging the piece

brenstal Florida
10/20/14 6:29 pm

I didn't realize phones interfered with the technology stuff.

pyromnt New York
10/20/14 6:31 pm

Yep. They absolutely do. The feedback you get over the sound system, the "buzzing", is, in part, due to phones. For the crew backstage and the booth, phones heavily interfere with the quality of the their communication between each other, causing bad

Kay41 the Midwest
10/20/14 5:29 pm

My phone is always on silent so there would be no need to turn it off.

10/21/14 4:47 pm

It's not so much as the distraction that is the reason theaters request phones to be turned off. Cell phones interfere with the sound systems and other technical things. Placing it on silence doesn't solve that issue.

Kay41 the Midwest
10/21/14 4:51 pm

Are we talking a movie theater? Because I have never heard interference. If we are talking a live performance (which isn't what I was thinking here) then I can understand turning it off and probably would.

10/21/14 4:54 pm

My first thought of a theater is the play production type with actors. Sorry for the confusion.

Kay41 the Midwest
10/21/14 4:54 pm

Well, then I do agree with you. :)

kermie gaytopia
10/20/14 5:26 pm

Wow. A lot more people actually do it than I expected.

shiculka transvaccinated
10/21/14 10:06 am

....aaaaaand there is always one person with the phone on and it's always next to me.

kermie gaytopia
10/21/14 1:35 pm

I never get any calls or texts so you wouldn't know my phone was on anyway :)