How do you tell someone to stop texting when they spend time with you ?
Do not allow yourself to be treated that way. The next time this person starts texting....get up and leave. How important is your time to them if they spend it texting. Don't accept that type of behaviour. You'll be doing yourself a favor and helping your "friend" acquire some manners.
All I can think of is to step away. If for example you are at home with a friend visiting, and they start texting and doing email, step out of the room and start doing some project, dust your living room, or go into the kitchen. They will realize you are gone (hopefully) and ask "where did you go?" That is the perfect opportunity to say, "I thought we were visiting but you seemed otherwise engaged so I thought our visit was over."
In other settings, I guess you would just have to be honest and say, "do you think that you could turn off your phone so that we can have a conversation?"
All of this is not my first instinct--my first thought was to grab the phone and throw it out the window which, of course, we all know would be wrong - but so satisfying.
I am a very forward and outspoken person. I can see where that might be a bit of a problem ( hee hee hee ) However, one of the most annoying things is going out to a place or just hanging out with someone who spends all their time on the phone. Why did you ask me to hang out then? So, I ask them "Do you plan on being on the phone the whole time? If so let me know I can go home". Straight forward and simple.
Just text him/her a message to that effect . He/she will understand better .
Wear a T-shirt that says "STOP TEXTING" .
Annoying habit... I hate when my friends start doing this. I simply tell them to stop
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