Phone Addiction

INT. GRIMSLEY PUB – EVENING

Four friends sit in the booth of a semi-crowded pub. Clockwise from the right sits JAMES (29, thoughtful, hipster), KRIS (28, smiley, tomboy), SONIA (29, odd, sarcastic), and SIMON (energetic, self involved). Each has a drink in front of them. James, Kris, and Sonia all stare silently at Simon who stares at his phone.

Beat.

Beat.

Simon looks up slowly as he notices the others stares.

JAMES
How long was that?

SONIA
Twelve minutes forty four seconds.

KRIS
Wow, new record.

SIMON
What? What is this? What are you talking about?

KRIS
Dude, you spend way too much time on your phone.

SIMON
What? No I don’t.

JAMES
Yes you do. Way to much time.

SIMON
Well I’m a busy man, I need to multi-task.

JAMES
Okay, what was it that you were ignoring us for?

SONIA
I find it hard to believe it could have been better than our company.

SIMON
I’ll have you know it was a very interesting article.

KRIS
Oh yeah, on what?

SIMON
About death actually, so well done, you’re all horrible.

James, Kris, and Sonia all stare at Simon blank faced.

SIMON (CONT’D)
Okay it was a buzzfeed list of the top ten not so famous last words.

SONIA
Oh that does sound interesting.

JAMES
Well tell us what some of them were.

SIMON
No, I don’t think we need to do that.

JAMES
If this top ten list was interesting enough for you to be rude to your top three buddies I want to hear it.

SIMON
So I’m just, I’m going to read them? Okay, fine. Well number ten was, ‘I’m dying’, kind of obvious. Then, ‘Am I peeing?’, makes sense I guess. Next was ‘Oranges were a fruit before they were a colour’, interesting thing to say before you die, I’d like to hear that story. Then ‘Flavourflav was one hell of a rapper’. After that was simply ‘Snickers’. There’s, there’s more but, well, there’s a reason they’re not famous.

KRIS
I think our point has been proven. You’re addicted to your phone.

SIMON
What and you’re all not? You can’t tell me you’re not all checking facebook every few minutes.

JAMES
I don’t even have a facebook account.

SIMON
Shut up James.

KRIS
The difference is we don’t use them in social situations. If you’re with people, be with those people.

SIMON
That’s rubbish, you guys are on your phones easily equally as much as me. James is constantly instagraming, how one person can take so many selfies is beyond me. Kris, you’re always posting some crap on facebook, we get it you have an opinion. And Sonia, I don’t know what you do on your phone but I bet it’s weird.

SONIA
It’s a game called Jammy Pyjammy, I’m up to ten thousand Jammy points.

SIMON
Whatever, my point is you guys are just as addicted to your phones as I am.

KRIS
Alright, well let’s prove it. Everyone puts their phone in the centre of the table, first one to break has to pay our tab.

JAMES
What is our tab up to?
(calling out)
Hey Joe, what’s our tab looking like these days?

JOE (31, hairy, bartender) looks at a nearby clipboard.

JOE
Ahh, you guys are up to two thousand dollars.

JAMES
Wow we should really pay our tab more often.

SIMON
Fine, bring it on.

SONIA
And the loser also has drink all the dregs from all the drinks in the whole pub at the end of the night.

SIMON
What? Fine, I’m not going to be the lose anyway so what does it matter.

JAMES
Joe, keep all the dregs for the rest of the night!

JOE
Al- Alright.
(under his breath)
Weirdos.

James puts his phone in the centre of the table.

JAMES
I’m in.

Sonia follows suit.

SONIA
Me too.

Kris puts hers in next. Then Simon.

SIMON
This is going to be a piece of cake.

From the centre of the table Simon’s phone lets off a message tone.

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