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Cellphone Etiquette

Updated on January 8, 2011

Cell Phone Etiquette

There is nothing more annoying than someone on their phone. I am actually the anti cellphone. I know that society tells me I have to have one, and so I do. There are so many rude things that cellphone users do on a daily basis. A lot of people really need to wake up from their technology cloud, and stop being so aloof. There is a certain etiquette which should be followed by people on their phones. I'd like to call it "the golden rules". It really is too bad you can't lose a limb or two for going against a few of these things.

The Golden Rules of Cellphone Use

1. Please stop yelling, its not helping the other person hear you any better.

I hate it when you're in the grocery store, or a public place and some idiot on their phone is screaming into their phone. Typically, this goes for those who are technology challeneged. They figure if they yell louder, the person will hear them better. I just want to walk up to these people and say "Hi, excuse me? I don't want to hear your entire conversation. Can you shut up please?". If you feel the need to yell, please do so privately.

2. Ew, I didn't want to hear that.

This kind of goes with yelling, sometimes they go hand in hand. Have you ever been in a public place and heard someone graphically talking about the last person they had sex with-- or that embarrassing health problem they have? Yeah please, I don't want to hear that. I don't purposely listen to people, but when they're talking out loud its a bit hard to miss it. Please, if you just contracted an std, don't talk about it on your cellphone in "personal hygiene" isle at the grocery store.

3. Your Bluetooh Isn't that cool

This one really pisses me off. Bluetooth's are great for driving! I'll give you that. But do you have to use it in public? You're just making yourself appear to have multiple personalities. Many times I have thought that someone was talking to me, to find out that they're talking to someone else. Half the time when I say something to them, they look at me like I am crazy! Yeah, Im sorry. I am insane because I forgot how cool it was to look like you're talking to yourself. Have some courtesy! Turn that crap off.

4. Please turn off your speaker phone.

No matter where you are, unless you're alone, don't leave your speaker on. You're being a tool. No one wants to hear the conversation you're having with someone else, its quite the distraction. I don't care about your elderly grandmother having a heart attack. I especially don't want to hear about what "Jimmy did, and then sally did, and then Jimmy did". You look like an idiot.

5. Texting or talking on the phone while driving

Have you ever seen one of these? Its typically the person swerving in between two lanes, not using their blinker. I have been in the car so many times admiring someones amazing driving abilities (not) and then I realize oh, they're on their phone. There are now a lot of laws against this. However, you still see people doing it occasionally. Some people can multi task, others can't. If you're one of the ones who can't, then please don't try while you're behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

6. If we're spending time together, please put your phone down.

I hate this. I understand that a lot of people text now a days. But if we're spending time together, please set your phone down. It is so annoying when you're trying to have a conversation with someone and they keep saying "Uh-huh, yeah". Stop texting, Stop Checking your facebook, just stop.

7. If you're in public, please turn off obnoxiously loud ringtone.

Seriously, no one cares. You look like an idiot, and you're interrupting my quiet. I understand ringtones, they're to alert you that you're being called. But who created text tone ring tones? That's dumb. I don't want to hear your obnoxious rap music each and every time you get a message. I understand if its in the privacy of your own home, but please turn that off in public. It doesn't make you look cool.

I think this basically summarizes the things that drive me nuts about cellphone use. I am sure a lot of people can agree with these as well. Don't act like a tool, and follow the golden rules. No one appreciates it, and it just makes you look like an idiot!


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      Diane Christiansen 

      7 years ago

      I find it so unconcious when people cannot "connect" with a human being in the moment, and are too self centered to put their damn phone down and have a real conversation. So completely annoying and rude.

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      7 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      It is almost funny when some ones cell phone goes off in Church. You can watch the person try to shut it up ASAP and then it looks like they want to crawl under the pew and hide.

      Our Church goes as far as having a video at the beginning of service that has announcements and ask every one to turn off their cell phone. People still don't always listen.

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      7 years ago from Indiana (for now)

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates cell phones! If everyone followed your golden rules, the world would be a better place! Or at least much less annoying. Great hub!

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      Lydia McCarter 

      7 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      Haha, I am glad! Of course there is a right way, and a wrong way to do it. Thank you for being one of the right ones!

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      7 years ago from Boston, MA

      I use my cell phone and blue tooth all the time but NOT in situations where I will look like an ignorant, arrogant fool, like at a check out line. I love this hub and I am forwarding this to some abusers!

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Haha, good hub.

      I agree, people should definitely use some if not all of your 'golden rules'. :P

    • LSpel profile imageAUTHOR

      Lydia McCarter 

      7 years ago from The Murder Mitten

      Haha Beege, great comment & my point EXACTLY. When I don't have my phone on me I actually get a very freeing feeling!

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      7 years ago

      I like to remember back to the day when I wasn't so important that everyone just had to call and ask for my imput on what to do,when to do it, and how to do it. I am so special that everyone has to be able to reach me no matter where I am or what I am doing. I am much to valuable to have a moments peace and quiet without a phone ringing in my ear, my purse, my car and my back pocket. I just wish I wasn't so important,special and valuable sometimes and I could escape from the harried life my cell phone has created.

      So I have taught myself a new trick. I "forget" to charge the darn thing, I accidently leave it on my desk at home, or I just didn't think to turn the sound on after leaving the doctor's office this morning. That's why I have voice mail.I carry the darn thing most of the time in case of emergency, and if there is no emergency on my part, oh well, I may not hear it ring because I have the volume so low. I do have 911 on my speed dial.

      Good Hub

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I would disagree Mr. Jobister. I always signal - I have some sort of a fetish with that, I think. If someone is signaling to get in front of me I make them space to get in. Talking on the phone while driving has nothing to do with being rude to you. I have things to do; I apologize to make you think that my talking on the phone while driving in my car is somehow intended to upset you.

      People eat, look for cds, maps ... talk to the kids in the back seat, fondle with their navigator system, etc.

      You can do whatever you want if you know what you are doing. If you're a donkey, yes you will talk on the phone and crash the car. Everyone should know their own limits. I drive in between fifty to sixty thousand kilometers a year. I may not be good at many things but I can drive (while being polite to others on the road)! Talking on the phone when necessary does not endanger my life or the life of anyone else.

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      7 years ago from Anaheim, California

      I live in Southern California where there are more cars than people. Sadly majority of the people on the road here still talk on the phone, change lanes without putting on the turn signal and oh yes everyone is in a rush to go somewhere 15 mph. Even though its against the law to talk on the phone while driving, people still do it and this causes accidents and I guess its part of cellphone etiquette because they are being rude to others on the road.

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Well, I am the one texting and driving so do forgive me. Yet, I will never cut someone off without letting them know first and I have never wrapped a car around a tree or anything in my sixteen-seventeen years of driving. (Mind you if you are being cut-off perhaps a slower lane is for you.)

      I agree with most of what you wrote; cellphones are a big intrusion on everything really. People often knock into poles while texting and walking. Some end-up with torn ankles from stepping odd on a sidewalk ... talking on the cellphone is dangerous lol.

      All the best and Happy New Year!


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