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April 3, 2006

poll: cell phone users don't find their own behavior to be annoying

Until these poll results came out, I was just a crotchety old blogger madly complaining about rude cell phone users. But today I am validated:

"...almost nine in 10 say they encounter others using those phones in an annoying way. Only 8 percent of cell users acknowledge their own use of cell phones is sometimes rude."

But yes, you are rude.

I particularly hate the use of the Motorola walkie-talkie feature on public transit, with that stupid bleeping noise that makes me want to HULK SMASH! the user. I don't want to hear either you or your friend's voice, or the topic of conversation, which is usually really, really important:

"DID YOU CLOSE THE GARAGE DOOR?"
"OMG BOTTLED WATER COST A DOLLAR!?!"
"WHERE YOU AT? I'M ON THE SUBWAY. WHERE ARE YOU?"

Since I came back from Tucson and Mexico and travelled through the ATL airport, I noticed that DC residents are particularly addicted to connectivity at every race and class level, no exceptions. Around here you really cannot get more than 10' away from any person fondling some kind connected electronic product like Gollum and His Precious, be it a cell phone, blackberry or some stupid bleeping or glowing device. Gotta chek the text, gotta check messages, can't sit still or be quiet, gotta fill the time with talking, even when it's about nothing. It's really kind of sad. People are not letting themselves be alone with their own thoughts anymore, and I'm wondering what it's doing to our psyches.

Posted by jimbo at April 3, 2006 1:57 PM

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People are not letting themselves be alone with their own thoughts anymore
If they did that, there'd be total silence inside their heads, or maybe a game of Pong.

I believe we should duct tape the hands of people who talk on cell phones while driving and be forced to wear it for a fortnight after the offense. That'll make wiping their ass incredibly difficult.

Posted by: copperred at April 3, 2006 3:00 PM

There was an interesting story on 60 Minutes last night on how much people are working, connecting, etc.

I just don't want to live like that...going to work at 7am and working til 10pm, answering emails all night, talking on two cell phones. Life's too short. Enjoy it, dammit!

And don't get me started on the people who commute three hours each way, each day. At what expense, people?!

Posted by: stebbins at April 3, 2006 3:29 PM

So I'm having lunch at Quizno's on Sunday, and in walks a young-ish couple with three young kids, and both mom and dad are wearing bluetooth earbuds, but not even talking on the phone! Is this a fashion accessory now?!?! Just one step closer to getting these silly gadgets embedded in our skulls....

Posted by: Ken at April 3, 2006 3:52 PM

I HATE the walkie talkie feature on phones. As if its bad enough I have to hear your part of the converstaion, do I really need to hear the other person as well?

I like my cell and all, but people do use them at inappropriate times.

Posted by: Scott at April 3, 2006 3:56 PM

Now who's sounding crotchety and grampawish... :)

Posted by: Fitz at April 3, 2006 5:26 PM

If you don't want to live a totally connected life, that's totally cool and completely rational. If someone else does, who are you to tell them that they are wrong? That you find it necessary to be publicly alone with your thoughts doesn't make it somehow sad that others don't meet your standards for public private introspection.

Posted by: hipsterfatigue at April 3, 2006 7:07 PM

Yeah I hate it. I have a cell, but I only use it at proper times.. never at work, never when i am with friends, unless its an emergency, and never on the metro.. I have those motorola walkies as well.
The Bluetooth remind me of Seven of Nine's Borg Implant :-)

Posted by: Dax at April 3, 2006 7:09 PM

in chicago they finally passed a law outlawing the use of cell phones while driving, which is the ultimate rudeness because i've almost gotten hit. unfortunately, it's not really enforced. as a matter of fact, one often sees the police driving down the street talking on their cell phones!

m/

Posted by: mike/ at April 3, 2006 9:38 PM

HULK SMASH! - that's just funny.

Posted by: Russ at April 4, 2006 7:53 AM

I'd be guilty of "fondling my electronic device" however, I often try not to have phone conversations in places that can be annoying. Say for instance MOVIE THEATREs!

I spend all fraking day on the phone so I rarely use it much away from work. I'd rather text, that way I'm not disturbing anyone.

Posted by: moby at April 5, 2006 2:17 PM

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