Have cell phones negatively affected common courtesy?
You often hear complaints that people with cell phones don't take account of others, they'll use them in theaters or talk loudly on them in public places. Or they'll ignore you to take a text message. Have cell phones made people less considerate of others? Alternatively, it could be these people would have always been rude without a cell phone. They're just more noticeable now. Surely not everyone with a cell phone is rude. What do you think? Answer as you like.
I think so. I used to work as a store clerk and was amazed at the number of people that would come to my register and talk on the phone the whole time I waited on them without once acknowledging I was there. I could have been a blue horned monster and they would not have known it!
Absolutely. I’ve sat in restaurants and watched couples or friends who are together completely ignoring the person they are with while texting others.
Cell phones don't make people rude, they just make it easier for rude people to be rude. I was at Fogo tonight, a restaurant where the average person will spend $70 on their meal, and someone at a table next to me took a call. Seriously?
Cell phone usage is greatly impacting our society negatively not to mention the health problems emerging from its heavy usage.
It is very disrupting and downright rude when someone answers their cell phone in the middle of a private conversation or in a store while paying for an item.
Besides I think most people feel annoyed when a person uses a cell phone in public because busy people aren't interested in listening to other peoples' private conversations.
Yes, people think it is perfectly fine to turn from a live conversation and answer the phone. Its rude.
I look at who is calling and if I must take the call, I say something like,
"Would you forgive me for a minute? This is my daughter at school, something must be wrong, I should see."
Show some respect. Don't just raise your finger at someone and turn away to answer the phone. If you're talking to me, I'll just walk away. You Cad!
Definitely not. The only rudeness is the people who use them. The bad common courtesy is because of the people, not the cell phone.
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