A friend writes:
Now a word of puzzlement. The fellow two seats from me was texting almost continuously during the film. For the life of me, I could not understand why anyone would pay $9.50 to see a movie and then want to text. After about 30 minutes, I finally had enough and asked him to put it away, which he did.
I don’t get to movies much, and so I haven’t encountered this phenomenon in person. My friend makes a good point. Why pay money to watch a movie and then not watch it? Or deprive yourself of the pleasure of fully escaping into the world the film creates?