If you’re not going to pay attention in class, please do so in a way that doesn’t distract me from not paying attention either.

March 23rd, 2011 · 92 comments

So, Claire in Canada was sitting in Psych class and — shame on her — “talking quietly with a friend” when she noticed this guy’s screen in the row ahead of them. After they stopped talking, she says, “He then went on Skype chat with someone for the rest of the class.”

Adds Claire: “Don’t worry, I leaned in and whispered an apology for interfering with his Skyping.”

Please stop whispering behind me!

related: “The hair pulling debackle of lecture”

FILED UNDER: Canada · college life


92 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Kris

    The difference being his not paying attention wasn’t making any noise. And he could still hear the teacher even if he was skyping. Then they took a picture…maybe their phone is different than mine, but it makes a really loud flash sound that can’t be silenced. What about the people sitting beside her, were they not paying attention either? Maybe she should pay attention in psych class, she might even learn something.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:02 am   rating: 83  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Canthz_B bang

      Damn! I’d have thought my boring psych professor would have retired by now!

      Mar 23, 2011 at 9:28 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Shirley Ayejest

      All I have to do it flip my phone to silent, and viola! No camera clicking noise. Almost every camera phone I have had doesn’t “click” in silent mode.
      Give it a try on yours.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 10:26 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   jadefirefly

      Mine still does. :( I wish it wouldn’t. I like to take pictures of outfits I try on and ask a friend’s opinion, and it’s real awkward trying to explain camera sounds coming from the dressing room. >_>

      Mar 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   heisa

      i want a phone that turns into a stringed instrument.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   pony girl

      @ Kris, I agree with most of that. How does one Skype silently though? I have Skype instead of a home phone. Not very silent, seeing as I talk on it. Is there a skype chat?

      ps I heard on the news that there is something in the works to make it so that all mobile phone cameras/video cameras will make a noise so that people can’t go around taking nasty pics of unsuspecting people.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   Anonymous

      Yes, indeed there is a Skype chat. I use it all the time. So the only noise would be the keyboard, which could be mistaken for taking notes.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   pony girl

      @ anonymous,
      then Claire needs to shut it.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.8   Odious

      Wouldn’t you want the sound ON if you’re using a Viola app?

      Mar 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.9   park rose

      Thanks, anonymous. My question was the same as pony girl’s.

      In Japan a lot of the phones do make noises when you take pictures, whether on the silent mode or not, in a bid to avoid “upskirt” pictures and the like. I’m sure the submitter had her phone on silent, though, and not all phones have flash, either. I’m not condoning her whispering though.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.10   anglophile

      @heisa, could have been worse, it could have been typed wah-la, which I have seen several times. :?

      Mar 24, 2011 at 10:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.11   Ndawg

      I own three violas, and all three are in silent mode right now! (BTW, all three are PA, like their owner.) @Odious, I thumbed you with my big viola thumb!

      Mar 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.12   pony girl

      @anglophile,

      wah-la?
      Truly?
      I just died a little inside.

      Mar 27, 2011 at 2:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.13   anglophile

      The internet is a dangerous place, pg. You see things you never imagined.

      Mar 27, 2011 at 8:02 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.14   Your Mom

      Don’t be such a dick Kris. It was bad that she was whispering but who the fuck tells someone to shut up and then proceed to not pay attention themselves? Jeez.

      Apr 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   divaandwriter bang

    Note to Professor: Please stop lecturing in front of me!

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:04 am   rating: 49  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   bean

    technology, just helping people become more effective communicators without any actual human contact required. Love it.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:08 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Alex

    Regardless of what that guy was doing, people who “whisper quietly” in class are the worst.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:19 am   rating: 146  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   bananacat

      Yes! Whispering is like they know they’re being rude, but they just do it more softly to pretend that they’re not rude. There’s a guy at my work who actually manages to whistle at a whisper, and it’s even more irritating because he realizes it annoys people but he won’t stop doing it.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Hand Banana bang

      it’s as annoying as a mosquito who keeps buzzing around your ear. And you’d swat his ass if you could find the damn thing!

      P.S. RISE OF THE BANANAS!

      Apr 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Valerie

    I agree with him.

    Sure, he could have been less passive by turning around and shushing them (oh, good old university days), or simply politely asking them to stop. Still, Skyping is different because at least the person Skyping is the only one who is distracted. And for all you know, he’s an auditory learner, which would mean that Skype wasn’t actually a distraction.

    Why bother coming to class if you’re just looking to socialize? You can be inconsiderate in places people didn’t pay $1,000+ to learn something. Classrooms are not a place for conversation when someone else (professor, student, TA, etc.) is talking. It’s highly disrespectful. Don’t they teach that in JK?

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:24 am   rating: 69  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Canthz_B bang

      I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again then leave this subject alone for others to debate…hearing isn’t the same as listening. ;-)

      Mar 23, 2011 at 9:36 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   berge bang

      Valerie, Skyping is included in socializing. People who think they can chat and pay attention to a lecture at the same time are kidding themselves. And it’s just a disrespectful to the lecturer to skype – it’s just less obvious than whispering.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 10:20 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   The Elf

      Both are disrespectful to the professor because neither are paying attention. The funny part is that the first complainer then goes on to be distracting in a whole new way. Video running on a computer laptop in front of me would distract me, even if it were silent!

      I know, I’m so old, but I remember a time when we took notes using paper and pens. It’s harder to be distracted by your classmate’s margin doodles.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   pony girl

      @ Elf,

      What about those wanks who constantly tapped their pens?

      HATED those people!!

      Mar 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   park rose

      To be fair, a friend spoke of a teacher who used to fall asleep at the board while writing up Latin phrases, or something similar. He (my friend) used to attend the class just to see him doze off, chalk in hand. There are some really boring teachers out there, too – but, for the most part, I’m pretty opposed to students not making an effort to pay attention.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   Mike

      I had an alcoholic instructor for an accounting night class once. We used to take bets on whether he would be able to speak without slurring after the break.

      Mar 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   Hand Banana bang

      @ O.P. Valerie,

      As polite as you can say it, people don’t like being told to be quiet. I’ve been that person thinking “if i just say it nicely then maybe they’ll be quiet.” Nope. In fact, most just give you a rude look, call you a bitch, and continue on even louder.
      The world is full of rebels who don’t do what they’re told. ….
      Maybe he should have just turned around and told them, “TALK LOUDER! I can’t hear the details of all the SEX you had last night with your nasty boyfriend!”
      … that would have shut her up.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Poor little lab rats.
    Don’t they know their professor is collaborating with a sociology professor to study the effects of social media on the real-life interactions of the youth of today?
    Someone should send them a Tweet about it.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:32 am   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   maylor piece

    That IS annoying!
    I was in a computer lab listening to Snoop Dogg on my headphones and had a message pop up on my screen that said “turn down the volume on your headphones”. I didn’t know the lab had that facility and the worst part was that it was anonymous! Annoying. Very. I even bet they were playin WoW too which just wanted to make me punch them even more.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 9:36 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Canthz_B bang

      You have bigger problems if WoW is telling you to do violent things. :lol:

      Mar 23, 2011 at 9:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Seanette

      If people at any distance away can hear your music through your headphones, it’s too loud. Even music the involuntary listener might like sounds terrible that way, too.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm   rating: 61  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   bloop

      You know what’s really annoying?

      People who play their music too loud through their headphones. THAT’S annoying.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm   rating: 45  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   Canthz_B bang

      Well, if they don’t turn the volume to maximum how are they supposed to hear the music over the ringing in their ears because of tinnitus?

      Yes, it’s a vicious circle, and I’d sure hate for the last thing anyone heard to be Snoop Dogg.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    “PLEASE STOP WHISPERING BEHIND ME! SPEAK UP…I CAN’T HEAR A WORD YOU’RE SAYING!!”

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:03 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Bree

    I’m honestly on Skype boys side. If I was in class and two girls were whispering at all, no matter how “quietly” I would have been absolutely peeved. I don’t care that he was Skyping because it was his choice to not pay attention, it wasn’t his choice to come to class and be distracted by two girls who have 23 other hours in the day to communicate in numerous ways with each other. Quite rude.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:30 am   rating: 44  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Kay

    I would find the Skyping just as annoying if the Skyper was in front of me. I took a bunch of corporate business courses last year and many of the adults set their laptops on a game or something suddenly and although they were silent, I just wanted to slam them! It was terribly visually distracting. Your eyes are compelled to go to the movement.

    Same with cell phones in movie theatres. They’re like freaking flashlights popping up all over the dark theatre. Have we had that discussion?

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:21 am   rating: 47  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   J

      Heh, the last time I went and saw a movie in the the theater was about a year ago. I was seated behind a girl who texted continuously throughout the movie. Every time she lit up her phone to make a text, I’d “accidentally” kick her seat.

      16 year-olds are hilarious when they get angry!

      Mar 25, 2011 at 5:15 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   sit down and shut up

    forget passive, i go straight to aggressive when people talk during lecture.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:31 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   iruleuruniverse

    Was he skype-typing or actually conducting a call? It seems on here people think Skype is like AIM or Yahoo Messenger – but you can actually conduct a conversation with a person live – by voice.

    So, if he was SPEAKING with someone on skype, I say Team Claire because really dude? Shushing other people so YOU can talk over your teacher = not cool. If he was just typing… you know what? Still Team Claire. If he isn’t concentrating on the lecture by being distracted by his computer, some whispering in the background won’t kill him!

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:34 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   bec

      Yes there is “skype-typing” it’s called Skype Chat, just click on the little speech bubble to use it. All you would hear is the sound of fingers tapping the keyboard.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Honey Cunt

    When a person sitting in front of you is doing anything other than taking notes on his/her laptop during class (whether it’s Skyping, Facebooking, looking at porn, whatever), it is FUCKING DISTRACTING. Yes, you can look away, but that’s pretty difficult when there is a constantly changing screen sitting just below your line of sight to the professor. Am I alone in this?

    Both sides are annoying and disrespectful, and neither is learning a goddamn thing.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 11:50 am   rating: 32  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   jadefirefly

    I had a class last term where the back row was occupied by three or four guys who didn’t seem to care that the entire room was privy to their conversation, lecture time or lab time; and a guy in the front row who thought that lab time meant ‘break out the iPhone for facetime chat’.

    I had to resort to bringing headphones in to class, or I’d have gotten nothing done. :(

    Mar 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   The Elf

      What did the professor do? I think if it had gotten to that level of distraction, I would have said something along the lines of “I’d like to hear what you have to say, since I’m paying for those words, but I can’t because of the background noise from other students.”

      Mar 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Nunavut Guy

      What if it was two chicks…..and they started fighting?Way cool.

      Mar 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Who? Me?

      deja vu

      Mar 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   fuzzybeard2016

      …all over again.

      Mar 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   Hand Banana bang

      @ Jade,

      Those guys in the back probably think they’re pretty awesome. Talkin all loudly & manly, “MAN IM COOL!”
      I bet they all wear TapouT shirts and drive huge trucks with lifts and truck-nuts hangin from the back. They floor it at every stoplight, burning a gallon of gas a minute.
      Yep, THAT is cool. Why weren’t you hangin out in the back with them tryin to get some digits?!?

      Apr 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   chesire cat

      I those frat type guys HATED me! HATED me! How dare that girl be smart and not laugh at our stupid asshole antics!? We will just make fun of her to get her back. They hated me in high school and college. I was never very popular because I never was a giggle girl. If you were being stupid, I was going to call you on it no matter how handsome you were or what position you played on the football team. Why do people like this even go to college? They don’t care about learning?

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   Hand Banana bang

      And they will continue to hate you …. When you, “nerdy” and responsible, go back to your HS reunion and you have a degree and a great career and a house, and they are still pizza deliverers and car salesmen making pennies living in their parents’ basement, got married at 22 with 3 kids and 3 different “baby-mamas.”
      awww, how sad it will be. haha.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Quite Contrary

    Whispering in class? How old school. Claire and her friend should have texted each other during the class. Far more cool and less distracting. Win win!

    Mar 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   chesire cat

    I am on team you all suck.

    You should not have been chatting during class and he should not have been chatting online during class. How about you pay attention and do your damn work?!

    From your friendly neighborhood Hermoine

    Mar 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm   rating: 40  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Hand Banana bang

      but, it’s, like, so, like, uncooool to pay attention in class and get good grades. like, who actually, like does that anyways? Not if you’re, like, the best-looking girls in the class and have so much “important” stuff to talk about with your BFF. like, omgggg.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Pot, meet kettle

    Both are horribly distracting. But I’d still rather be stuck behind a guy skyping than having people whispering a convo… take it outside.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Canthz_B bang

      I’d just rather be really far away from chatters, texters, skypers and people who say “convo”. ;-)

      Mar 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Hand Banana bang

      sitting in the front of the classroom usually helps solve this … but then you get called a “nerd.”
      omg it’s soo horrrible to be smart and respectful, isn’t it …

      Apr 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   chesire cat

      haha I always sat in the front or close to the front. I would have preferred to hide somewhere in the back or middle but I found out that it was quieter and easier to pay attention up front. I got called “nerd” a lot. I also had one professor who would stand over in front of me whenever I wore a low cut shirt so he could stare at my rack. Good enough, I liked him and he always gave me good grades.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   chesire cat

      I was in one of those gen Ed classes where most douches only show up for tests and never for lectures. During lecture days we had like 15 seats empty. I always sat in this one seat. I was at lecture everyday. On the first test day I come in and all the desks are taken including my normal seat. I had never seen half the students before then.

      I got pissed. I went up to the Professor and told him I did not have a desk to sit in and someone took my normal seat. He recognized me and told the person in my desk which was one of the no shows for lectures to get up and give her her desk. It was hilarious.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   Hand Banana bang

      Ah, you’re learning early of the power of the “sweater-puppets.” My boyfriend told me only recently that I should wear low cut shirts and sit close to the teacher in classes that I was having trouble in. Then make sure to talk to the teacher after class about a bad test grade, and crying is a must.
      I’ve yet to use these tactics. But I know that it works. At least i know i have a dirty trick or two up my sleeve just in case i need it ;)

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.6   Canthz_B bang

      Your tricks may be up your sleeve, but I strongly suspect your Prof is more interested in the treats located elsewhere in your blouse. :lol:

      Apr 2, 2011 at 12:17 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Rachel

    There’s nothing worse than distractions in class. Both of these people need a kick in the face. Yeah, sure, they’re paying many thousands of dollars to be there, so it’s up to them how they spent that time, but on the same page, I am also spending many thousands of dollars, and I am there to learn, not to chat, or listen to/watch you chat. If it’s so important that you have to talk/text/AIM/what the fuck ever, get out of class.

    My favorite professor I ever had was one who would kick you out of class if he saw you texting. He was a hard-ass, but god dammit, I learned more from him than anyone I’ve ever had, and I wasn’t even majoring in his subject area. (Also: three absences meant you failed the class, not just dropped a letter grade like most other classes I’ve had, which was also great.)

    Bottom line: I like order, and anyone who disrupts my order needs a-punchin’.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Mrs.Beasley bang

      As a corollary of so much social networking rather than learning in class, creative cheating on college exams is undoubtedly alive and well.

      Mar 24, 2011 at 1:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   The Elf

      Who takes attendance in a college class? Aside from labs and other such specialized classes where widespread class participation is mandatory, that is.

      Mar 24, 2011 at 8:37 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   chesire cat

      Obviously you never had Preble-Niemi. My Spanish professor who taught upper level Spanish classes at UTC was super crazy about attendance. She always took attendance and you were graded on it. This was 300 and 400 level Spanish major classes. If you missed a class your participation grade for the day was a zero. If you showed up in class but were not paying attention or sleeping, your class participation grade was a zero. These were averaged and counted for like 15% of your overall grade.

      Even if you brought in a doctor’s note or obituary etc proving you had a valid reason to skip class, that did not earn you back your class participation grade. It just allowed you to turn in homework late and make up tests. That’s right if homework was not turned in on time, you just got a zero on it. On time meant on her desk before she walked into the classroom.

      She was a total hardass. The funny part is the other upper level Spanish teacher was a total pushover who never cared about any of the above stuff. Guess whose classes were more popular?

      Since I was a little Hermoine who NEEDED to get straight A’s, I never missed one class of hers. She required us to even be in class when she failed to be there. She would send in her secretary to take attendance just to make sure we showed up and then we were allowed to leave class. I swore that even if I was having explosive vomit I would somehow have showed up to her class and just sat in the corner vomiting the whole time to prove the point that her policy is total bullshit. The sad part is I bet she would have still called on me to answer questions and if I didn’t answer right my class participation grade would have gone down. Oh yeah did I fail to mention if you answered questions wrong or didn’t know the answer she also counted off for your class participation grade?

      So yeah that is my long diatribe out how SOME college professors take attendance VERY seriously.

      Mar 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.4   Rachel

      Every class, as far as I can remember, has had attendance count. Maybe it’s different at big schools, but the average class size at my college is about 15 kids, so it’s pretty easy to notice when someone’s not there.

      Also, chesire, re: vomiting in class. I did that once! I had a professor who was SO strict about missing classes that I didn’t dare miss a critique, and so I came to class and sat at the back the whole time, throwing up into the trash can. I don’t know how much I was able to contribute to that critique, or how much it was worth my sacrifice to be there, but she still only said to me, “I know you’re sick, but it’d be really nice if you stayed in class.” Most of my other professors would take one look and say, “Go home.”

      Mar 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.5   Hairy Pawter

      Chesire– twice you spelled Hermione wrong. Guess you weren’t much of a Hermione in class since she could spell. Or is this the way you prefer to spell it, like “Chesire” is the way you prefer to spell it?

      Mar 27, 2011 at 8:11 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.6   Canthz_B bang

      It appears that times have changed is all. When I was in college, no attendance was taken. You paid for classes, you either took advantage of them or you didn’t.

      Now, my wife has returned to school and attendance counts. Too many absences and you fail no matter the quality of your work. We even had to schedule our honeymoon to accommodate an advanced algebra class. Sorry, no make-ups, no excuses. Be there or pay the price.

      I much prefer the old way where grades were based upon showing you’d learned what they were teaching, not whether you showed up for every class.

      Rewarding attendance should be left back in high school…as should far too many high school graduates. ;-)

      (Side note to Walmart–The Allegra you sell over-the-counter is not “the same exact medication” available by prescription. It’s “exactly the same medication.” Please hire an ad agency which can write and an ad executive who can read.
      Your TV commercial makes me want to puke…especially since Petmeds says they offer “exactly the same brands” of pet medications as more expensive providers.
      My dog’s meds provider giving more attention to accuracy than what you give to human meds does NOT engender much confidence in your ability to provide quality medications.)

      Mar 27, 2011 at 10:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.7   April

      Oh yeah Im sure it was hard to get a hotelroom in Atlatic City or whatever crap place you took your wife to Canthz_B

      Mar 28, 2011 at 11:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.8   Canthz_B bang

      Thanks, April! :-D
      We had a great time camping in the midst of the La Brea Tar Pits if you must know.

      We know a romantic locale when we see one, but what does your comment have to do with taking classroom attendance at the collegiate level?
      Or are you just pissed at me because you have a crappy job at Walmart? Maybe you’re that idiot of an ad executive.

      BTW, sentences should have punctuation marks at their ends, “Hotelroom” is not a word, “whatever” should be “whichever”, “crappy” works better than “crap” here and some high school graduates should have stayed back. Guess who.

      New record though…one sentence, at least four errors (see how I didn’t mention commas?)…well done failure! ;-)

      Mar 31, 2011 at 7:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.9   Hand Banana bang

      @ Canthz B

      Loved your Walmart tangent back there at 18.6 ;)
      Their advertisements, along with many other things, need improvement. I can’t stand that store. And, at least here in California, the quality of the store (and the customers in there = BARF) instantly drive me to insanity. I avoid them whenever possible.

      P.S. What’s with April? Does she have some old-beef with you? It was just too random.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.10   Canthz_B bang

      Happens all the time, HB. Several times a week some random idiot can be counted on to screw with me..makes them feel important to share a few moments basking in my almost supernatural glow.

      I give them a little attention, they cum on themselves and soon move along. Kind of like being insulted by Don Rickles or D.L. Hughley. They come in, get put down and shown to be morons, then leave happy as a monkey with a peanut machine. ;-)

      Apr 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   JT

    I think I would be more distracted by the typing then the whispering. I graduated from college a few years ago and none of us used our laptops in class. I am going to grad school now with some undergrads. All the undergrads use their laptops in class. Most of them use facebook chat or skype chat. And they do not type quietly. They type loudly and furiously, then there’s 30 seconds of silence while the other person responds, then more loud and furious typing.

    Most of them also do homework for next week’s class during the class, like putting together presentations. We once watched someone go to google street view and pretty much slowly walk around the city for an hour. I also once watched someone watch a really awesome foreign kung fu movie. Fun, but still very distracting!

    There’s a very clear line between the older students (by older I mean 24+) and the younger students. Yeah, the older students don’t alway pay attention, but the young kids don’t pay attention in a very distracting way!

    Team none of these punk kids! Get off my lawn!

    Mar 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   JR

      Trust me kids, we Professors can tell when you are using your computers for things other than taking notes! We know you are on facebook, or chatting, or surfing the web, by the speed of your typing and the use of your mouse.

      So don’t be surprised when it comes to the “participation” points that can mean the difference between one grade and the next, and you get the lower grade…

      Mar 24, 2011 at 12:03 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   nativefloridian

    Is he using paint? for text?

    Mar 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Hand Banana bang

      LOL. now THAT would be funny. add a little hand-drawn picture in there too, to top it off with a little more passive-aggressiveness ;)

      but, no. that is Microsoft Word. It’s one of the newer versions with the pretty font colors on top (cuz you REALLY need to change your font color so often that you need a huge bar of colors RIGHT ON TOP where it’s most accessible).
      Don’t waste your money upgrading to the new version; they just made changes to make it “better looking,” while making severe concessions in the “usability” department. They love milkin the profits on a new release though!

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   bec

    He is wearing a military style jacket, fashion is the real loser in this scenario.

    Mar 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Canthz_B bang

      I’m a sucker for a woman in uniform. Hell, I like to let my parking meter expire just so I can see the meter-maid in her sexy ticket-writing uniform.
      Sure, it’s a little perverted, but I have tinted windows and I pay my tickets! :-P

      Mar 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   The Elf

      Are you sure it wasn’t a biker jacket?

      Mar 24, 2011 at 8:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Jabba

    I bet this “Claire” is one of those bitches that texts during movies and get’s upset when people ask her to stop.

    People need to realize they don’t live in a bubble where they can be as obnoxious and inconsiderate as they want because.., like.., I’ll do what I want ok?!

    Mar 24, 2011 at 7:11 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Hand Banana bang

      “But it was like, a realllly important text! My BFF saw her ex with another girl, and she was wearing last year’s gucci! zomgg”
      :| get used to it. These spoiled brats are ruling the planet!! they probably got their cell phones when they were 5. I had to beg my mom for a year to get one. I ended up not getting one til I bought one for myself during my first year of college.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Managed Hosting

    Although, what would have been really clever was to lean over to view his Skype name, add him and apologize. Oh, the little joys of class.

    Mar 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Madrias

    As someone who on many occasions brought a laptop to high school, I found that many fellow students found my typing (light finger taps on keys, not hammers-on-anvils typing style) was less distracting than the people texting, whispering, talking, etc.

    A lot of the teachers also noticed I paid more attention when I was able to type my notes. Why? I can type faster than I can write.

    As long as he wasn’t hammering the keys, I’m on Team Laptop. If he was hammering on the keys, I’m still on Team Laptop, cause whispering pisses me off.

    Mar 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Jiu Jitsu Los Angeles

    This gives a whole new meaning to passing notes in class. Oh technology, you’ve even taken away our favorite past times!

    Mar 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Hand Banana bang

      In my early HS days, all social websites and instant-messaging sites were blocked. How we got around it was by using the System Messenger (CMD) to communicate with fellow students (on the local network).
      We thought we were super-badass back then.
      Now, companies are promoting using AIM & other messengers to communicate with coworkers! That’s not good because then my boss will know that the little window pop-up is not an error message (which I tell him, when it occasionally pops up) …. gulp!

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Todd

    Hey jerk,
    If someone is writing you passive aggressive notes in class you really must have been annoying. If you want to blab on go to the cafeteria. You idiots are obnoxious, clueless and inconsiderate.

    Mar 25, 2011 at 12:24 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Hand Banana bang

      You forgot to sign it!

      “With fountains of love, spewing from the geyser of my heart,
      -Todd-”

      There.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Sara

    Okay, seriously though? There is nothing more annoying than listening to whispering. Whether you’re paying attention or not, it can make your head want to explode. And I’m sure she was annoying plenty of people who were trying to pay attention.
    I don’t get why kids like that even bother to go to class if they’re just going to giggle and whisper the whole time.

    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   MYOB

    Am I missing something here? The “quiet” whispering is bad enough, as due to proximity they are still louder than the professor. The fake apology is the epitome of passive-aggressive. Then sending this picture in here shows they can’t get over it. At least Screen Guy was clever. The submitter is an asshole.

    Then again, I deal with “quiet” whispering every day. I move, and I still hear it. You would think that relocating in a huff would concern them, but apparently they can do no wrong.

    Mar 27, 2011 at 5:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Hand Banana bang

      Finally someone who addresses it all in one post!
      I cant stand the 18yr olds fresh out of HS who think they are way cool because they talk during the entirety of the class and don’t get in trouble for it.
      They are lucky they haven’t had a class with my Calculus teacher, who is over 6’4″ and has an alarmingly booming voice (raising it when he wants to get a point across), and will make a complete fool out of you for being so rude. I’m sure a couple times of being told, “IF YOU WANT TO TALK, GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY CLASS” will shut them up. wink.

      Apr 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   Ariel

      Hey,

      Do you guys know whats pathetic? Being so distracted that you can’t focus when someones whispering or on skype.(Hello can you walk and talk at the same time?)
      Seriously in more than half my classes you can sit in the back of the room and at least 90% of the people on laptops are on Facebook or some game. I understand the whole not paying attention thing can be disrespectful to the prof. However if you can’t multi-task something so trivial or focus it hurts you, and guess what its not the person that’s distracting yous problem its yours. Cheers

      And if there’s much confusion on what was worse. Two wrong’s are technically two wrongs, but the thing that puts skype guy up to worst is the whole hypocrisy of his actions.

      Apr 7, 2011 at 3:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.3   The Elf

      And *this* is what’s wrong with kids these days.

      Apr 7, 2011 at 6:26 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   AVR

    In a large class, I can drown out the sound of the occasional whispering. However, I can’t drown out the sound of hundreds of keyboards going clickety-clack while I WRITE (yes! write!) my notes. At least half of those people with laptops don’t pay full attention in class (why are you there..? unless it’s for participation marks). I write my notes in a notebook, because I can focus better, without any distractions that a lap top may pose. Talking is harmless, there will always be people talking, and no one is really inconsiderate enough to start yelling in the middle of class. But flashing, blinking screens, and the sound of Vista starting up PISSES ME OFF! And don’t get me started on people who go on facebook or chatting or playing solitaire! If you use a laptop, and you are prone to being distracted/hammering away on your keyboard, please sit in the back, and let the serious students learn, thanks. :)

    Apr 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     

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