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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