I feel the need to rant about cell phone etiquette.
Now before I start my well thought out observations (aka whining and complaining), let me preface them by saying that I have a cell phone and I carry it most places go. Did you notice I said most and not all?
It seems more and more people are so attached to their portable communication device, they have it with them everywhere. What used to be a matter of convenience to them has now become more like an added appendage to their body.
How does this happen, and why do these people find it impossible to do simple things like go grocery shopping without carrying on a conversation on the phone? I'm sure you've seem them too, pushing a cart with one hand while cradling the phone between their ear and neck as they attempt to pick up a bag of flour off the bottom shelf.
What the hell is so important that you have to yak incessantly about it while navigating the stores isles? Not once have I heard one of these conversations take place that required immediate attention. I have yet to hear, "Hang up, call 911, and I'll be there as fast as I can.!"
No, the matters of urgency I typically overhear are more like, "Ya, then we were like totally going to go to a different bar, but I said like, 'no way, I'm not going anywhere with that jerk,' so we just stayed there."
"LIKE I TOTALLY DON'T GIVE A CRAP!"
How about the classic, "I'm at the store, what do you feel like for dinner?" Is this a conversation that really needs to happen inside the store? Couldn't this person work out the logistics ahead of time and then go shopping?
"JUST PICK OUT SOMETHING, YOU FIX IT, HE'LL EAT IT!"
Then there's the, "I have to wait in a long line so I might as well call someone because I'm so bored" twit. These are the ones you generally have to tap on the shoulder to remind them that the line has moved. They are so distracted by their meaningless blabbering they've completely tuned out everything around them.
Taping their shoulder is the polite way of getting their attention, but whacking them up beside their head would be a lot more fun to do.
How about going to a movie? The last time I went to one, there were three "Silence your cell phone" reminders. Does it really take this many times for people to get it? NO, it apparently takes four or five because some idiot left his on and whats worse, answered it when it rang. Does justifiable homicide apply in this situation? I think it should.
Speaking about wanting to kill. . . how about when you're in the middle of a face to face conversation with someone and they say, "hold on." followed by a raised finger and then they answer a call. I think the next time this happens, when they finish the call and ask, "What were you saying?" I'm just going to turn around and walk away.
I know the conversations all these people are having seem, to them, to be about the most important topic on the planet, but I don't care and I really don't want to listen to it either.
So what irritates you about cell phone abusers?