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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 1 decade ago

Who else thinks cell phones are irritating and rude?

I don't have a problem with proper intended usage of a cell phone, but 75% of cell phone usage these days is just rude, obnoxious and unnecessary. And no, it doesn't make you look cool but the total opposite. Big turn off.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    All cell phones should be sold with rule books. If you are in a theater or restaurant, entertaining company, generally in any social setting turn the damn ringer off. But it on silent if need be. Excuse yourself politely if the call is important. Make it brief and apologize when you return to the company of others.

    You're not cool if you are in your car, walking down the street or on a bus loudly talking on your cell phone. Cell phones are not cool, you are not a hipster everybody has one including my Grandma.

    You may like your ring tone, you may think it is hip. But not everybody wants to hear a polyphonic edited version of Justin Timberlake's sexy back. Turn it down or answer it. Nobody is impressed that you figured out how to download a ring tone, nobody cares to listen to how cool it is. Either pick it up, or turn it down. It is just sad if you take the opportunity to dance as your phone rings.

    My personal pet peeve is when you are in line at a store or dealing with the clerk, don't talk on your phone. They have other customers to serve and things to do, they cannot wait while you have a discussion with you mom about the proper method of basting a turkey. When you are on a phone you are not only wasting the clerks time, but everybody else who is waiting for service. It only takes 10 seconds to say, I am in line, call you right back. It is honestly that easy. If it can't wait remove yourself from the line, and move elsewhere to continue your conversation. Get back in line (at the end) when you are done.

    I am sure it pisses these people of when the clerk or sales person takes a call or is on the phone while they are being served, show the same courtesy.

    Having a cell phone does not entitle you to special treatment, you have no right to waste other people time, you have no right to interrupt others, because you're ringing. I repeat, everybody has them. They are not cool, you do not look more important by having one. It is no longer 1988.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, a lot of cell phone users certainly are. I do my very best not to drive behind people who are using their cell phones, because they are usually driving very, very slow. Where anyone got the idea that they can talk on a cell phone and drive at the same time is beyond me.

    I also hate it when people who are being waited on are talking on their cell. Thank you so very much for holding up the line AND the clerk so you can take your stupid call. Then, you have some elderly people who get a call and they talk so loud!! "WHAT??? I'm in LINE at the STORE!!!! I'LL BE HOME AFTER I DROP MY STOOL SAMPLE OFF AT THE LAB!!!!"

    Cell phones are a wonderful invention, but the way a lot of people use them has blown all privacy and manners to hell.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's not the cell phones, it's the cell phone users! It's very rude to be in public and speak on the cell phone loud enough for everyone else to hear your conversation! They won't even get off the phone when they are at a check out counter! And NOBODY drives OK while they are on the phone!!!

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  • Joe K
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    1 decade ago

    First of all, I cannot stand the irritating musical ring tones. Secondly, I hate when I am in a meeting or talking to someone and they redirect all of their attention to the phone when it rings- so now I am sitting there for 45 seconds in mid-thought while I wait for you to pick up your phone, stare at the caller ID to see who it is and then I have to wait there another 90 seconds in mid-thought as you attempt to determine whether or not you should take the call.

    And then I cannot stand the people who have their musical ring tones up full blast and choose to leave their phone behind. So while they are off in another part of the house or building the phone is near me and it will ring over and over again because the person calling has not figured out that the owner of the phone is not available. And when they finally come back to their phone, they obliviously say, "Oh, was my phone ringing?" YES IT WAS!!!! ARRRRGH!!!

    And then the most annoying thing is the wireless earpiece. Its great for handsfree use while driving or if you are engaged in something that requires both hands while talking on the phone but some people use it every where they go so you never know if they are talking to you or if they are on the phone. One guy I know has a habit of looking right at me while talking on the phone and I have no idea if he is talking to me so its an all day game of who this guy is talking to. Half the day he will wonder why I am ignoring him when I think that he is on the phone and the other half of the day I will interrupt his phone conversation because I think that he is talking to me.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Cell phones are not rude or irritating, it is the owner of the cell phone that is. One can have a cell phone conversation without being loud, but many people fail to realize that and insist on screaming their lungs out when they talk. Also if you are going to order something or talk to an employee of a store, get off of the cell phone and talk to them, don't do that "wait" finger action on them, that is rude.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's not the phones that are irritating, it is some of the people that use cell phones who are irritating. I agree with you, I don't have a problem when people use it without bothering others.

    I think some people like to show off when using their phone or show off that they have one they think is so cool.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I agree. I am not bothered when commuting, if someone needs to make a phone call to make quick plans for a pick up or something along those lines. However, some people will chat away about nonsense in public places for extended periods of time. It is really quite aggravating!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I just look at it like this, cell phones will never go away. It will never be like it used to be. We have to let it quit irritating us and just go with it. Rude, obnoxious and unnecessary? Probably said the same thing about telephones instead of going to people's houses.

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  • 1 decade ago

    They are isolated by the very object they think keeps them connected. And yeah, they look like idiots.

    If a driver hits you while phoning, sue them, the cell service co. and the phone manufacturer. Same as they do with guns.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I agree! And if you are attending a meeting, visiting a movie theater to see the lastest release, in a nice restaurant to enjoy a meal, in church, attending a wedding, or attending a funeral (just to name a few), please turn off the ringer on your cell phone and leave the room to take your call. Also, if you cannot concentrate sufficiently to maintain control (speed or drifting into another lane), you should NOT use your cell phone while you drive.

    Ok, I'll step off my soapbox now....thank you for this opportunity to vent and earn two points! :)

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