Yes, I see your point. Who needs to go out when you can stay in? There is something appealing about the sedentary lifestyle one usually equates with television-watching.
They probably debated the same thing in the ’50s. Why go out to a movie about a Blob when you could stay home and be a Blob?
By the way, the talking and texting thing, I can say as a regular moviegoer, is not as bad as some people think. Over the past 10 years, I think I’ve only been put out by one knucklehead who insisted on answering his cellphone during a movie. I’ve certainly sat through more pre-show admonitions against texting than I’ve encountered actual texting.
And by the way, from whence do these bad habits come? I point the finger at some of the more idiotic TV watchers who assume all entertainment should be consumed while interacting with others. I personally noticed that the whole problem of movie theatre talkers became a problem after the wide availability of VCRs. Coincidence? I think not. And for every episode of quality television you can name, there is dreck on an unprecedented scale. It’s also known as reality TV, the worst possible middle ground between documentary and scripted entertainment. There’s only one Justified (a series I especially admire. Why? Because it has the smarts and production values of a first-class movie). But there are multiple iterations of Real Housewives, spreading through the broadcast landscape like some kind of invasive species of cultural kudzu vine.
And seriously, can you really sell me on the superiority of television while Here Comes Honey Boo Boo exists?