Today we stopped for lunch at Famous Dave's for some BBQ.
After the normal 15 minutes getting all three girls settled and set up and ready to order, I looked around and I noticed a family seated in a booth next to us. There were three adults and one young girl, maybe about 14 years old. I thought it a bit odd, but she had earphones in her ears. She kept them on the whole time we were there, even when she went to the restroom, and until they left.
Towards the end of our meal, on the other side of us, I saw another family, again consisting of three adults and one young girl, maybe 15 or 16 years of age. Again this girl had her earphones on and was just staring at her MP3 player.
Now, maybe the adults at both tables were discussing shades of shag carpet or making appointments to watch paint dry, but it seemed strange to see a family out to eat and having a member of the family completely cut off from the rest. She was at the same table but oblivious to their conversation with no interest in contributing.
The fact I saw the same scenario twice in one dining experience made me wonder if this is a new trend. Now, as rare as it can be for families to eat together, are they physically together but anything but "together" in terms of conversation? Maybe it is just these two teenagers. I wouldn't know the circumstances beyond what I saw, but it seemed awfully rude. Rude of the girls to ignore their company and rude of their company to ignore the girls.
Have you seen or heard of this? I mean, in a restaurant sitting with friends or family and ignoring them for headphones? What is the point of eating together if you are going to do that?