This story taught me a valuable lesson about paying attention in class. One of my college courses was in a huge lecture hall. One night I arrived barely on time and had to find a seat further toward the back of the room than usual. I pulled out my laptop to take notes, and because I can type fairly quickly, between topics I was casually browsing a clothing website. I was on the site for maybe a minute when the young man sitting in the seat next to me leaned over and loudly whispered that his website offers the same kinds of stuff as the other site but at a much lower price. I was appalled and felt rather violated since this person was not only looking at what I was doing on my computer, but had the audacity to use the information he gathered to try to sell me something during our lecture.
Somewhat in shock, I typed in the url he gave me and I quickly realized that he was an affiliate for a pyramid scheme that I wanted nothing to do with. I closed the window, opened my notes and attempted to look extremely focused on the lecture. Unfortunately, this “man” was somewhat dense and would not stop talking to me about his site! Finally, feeling terribly terribly guilty and rude for web- browsing and talking in class, and fearing that he would get us both in trouble, I hissed at him that I was trying to pay attention and he stopped.
During our class break he apologized for “distracting me from focusing”. He told me that he was new to this program and that the only way he could advertise his site was by word of mouth. I stared at him blankly while he talked at me some more until he announced that he was not staying for the second half of class. Perhaps, if he had stayed, he would have learned some better selling techniques since the class we were in was an introduction to marketing. Needless to say, I now refrain from browsing the web during class. 0916-09