F*&% You Friday! Teenagers at Starbucks.

Teenagers at Starbucks - The Anti-Social MediaI do a lot of my writing at Starbucks.

Crappy coffee, hipster music, and overly dramatic conversations in public fuel my hatred of all things social media.

But ugh, I am so sick of teenagers at Starbucks.

Teenagers at Starbucks don’t pay attention to one another. They pull out their iPad or their computer and then stare at it, giggle, look at each other, and then continue to giggle obnoxiously while staring at their computer.

It’s like they aren’t even a foot away from each other.

You start wonder what the hell they are doing on their laptop that they couldn’t do at home in front of their parents.

You wonder about their social skills, and how if they can’t talk to heir friend they are sitting right next to, what the hell they will do when they have a job.

What’s even worse is when they are on Skype with each other, wasting the precious bandwidth that is already being eaten alive by the freak show in the corner playing World of Warcraft.


Look, I’m all about meeting your friends at Starbucks, but when you meet them to stare at your individual laptops, what’s the point? SHouldn’t you just stay home?

Fuck you teenagers. Fuck you for making me worry about the social skills of the future, which look like they are failing miserably in the face of unrelenting technological changes.


8 Responses to F*&% You Friday! Teenagers at Starbucks.

  1. Joe March 16, 2012 at 10:21 am #


  2. Camilo Olea March 16, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    This just in: “Adults” do it too! I’ve seen a fair share of couples at restaurants, etc with their noses down their blackberrys/iphones/whatever completely ignoring the person in front.

    And I think just the same, if I wanted to browse the internet I’d stay at home.

    Technology always advances quicker than society can adjust to it.

  3. Claire Wagner March 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Thank goodness I and my grown kids just do this at home.

    I personally want to say F-U to Starbuck’s for charging me SIX DOLLARS for a grande (i.e. medium) skinny vanilla latte (cup of chemicals in heated water) and a small bag of almonds - which, I should add, were recommended by my online fitness coach, Jay Dolan.

    • Camilo Olea March 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      I hear you about prices, Claire. I’m going to start bringing my own brew at Starbucks; considering its their same coffee (I buy it to prepare at home) what could be wrong, right?

      • Claire Wagner March 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

        There you go, Camilo. Teach them about vertical integration in business.

        I have a Keurig one-cup coffee maker and refuse to buy their k-cups. Now they are going to sell a k-cup maker. They will stop at nothing to feed us caffeine!

        • Camilo Olea March 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

          Those bastards! *goes to brew more coffee*

  4. Quaisha A. Thornton March 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Sadly, I have done that and witnessed it. I’m not a teen but I can certainly understand the frustration. Though I also don’t pull out a big ass iPad or laptop when I’m out, I use my phone even at the table at a restaurant. We could be talking to someone or just met someone and say “Oh could you hold on, let me answer my Tweet”…

    I have stopped doing that now. Partly because I don’t have any more mobile service. hahah.

  5. Mark March 30, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    hear, hear!