This had me ROFL.*
ANAHEIM HILLS — A small group from Life Baptist church met during the week, but the members have no memory of seeing each other because they were staring at their smartphones the entire time.
“I thought everyone else was keeping up the discussion,” says one woman who successfully ‘Liked’ fifty-five posts and finished two games of Words With Friends during the 90-minute gathering. “I guess no one was.”
Members were so engrossed in texting, posting and Tweeting that it did not occur to them that nobody was talking, let alone leading the meeting. Silence descended on the room as members sat tapping screens, occasionally giggling and typing messages.
“I went into the kitchen at one point to get snacks, and it did seem awfully quiet,” says one man. “Everyone had their heads down. I thought we were praying.”
One man had just bought a new app and was eager to try it out.
“I was tearing it up on Tiny Wings and thought everyone would understand,” he says. “I remember walking into a door, but I’m not sure what building it was — maybe small group or Bed, Bath and Beyond. I don’t have a visual for it anymore.”
Some people even texted and messaged each other while in the same room.“I was having a great conversation with Karen on Facebook and didn’t notice that she was sitting three feet away from me,” says one woman. “She messaged me, ‘Oh, I’m in small group,’ and I messaged her back, ‘Really? Me too!’”
Only later did members confirm that a meeting had taken place by piecing together tweets, texts and Facebook posts.
“It says on Facebook that I checked in at their house, so I must have been there,” says one woman. “Facebook doesn’t lie.”
Others looked at their timelines and Twitter feeds and saw posts like “Heading to small group” and “Picking up chips and salsa” at around the same time. But none have any memory of what happened after that.
“I think I ate a plate of something, but I was pretty engrossed in Fruit Ninja, so I didn’t really notice,” says one man. “It may have been brownie bites.”
One woman and her husband arrived home afterward, sat in their garage, looked at each other and said, “Did we just go to small group?”
“It was a little eerie,” says the wife. “The only thing I can recall is seeing my iPhone screen. Which, by the way, have you checked out this app?”
Members group-texted each other afterward and pledged to actually look at each other next time they meet.
“We felt kind of bad,” says one man. “I told them if I forget to pay attention next time, just Facetime me.”
H/T to @DrKPrather on Twitter
*Rolling on the floor laughing