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Cell Phone Etiquette II

People seemed to really like my first cell phone etiquette post so I thought why not give y’all a followup?

Two pieces of brilliance for you ladies and gents today:

  • “Phone Violating” – When you are with another person or a group of people and you get a phone call that does not concern the whole group/other person if you sit and talk on the phone it is very rude. Amongst my friends we call this “Phone Violating” and the perpetrator of such acts a “Phone Violator”. This is especially true when you are sitting in a car with a person as they cannot listen to music because you need to hear the person on the other side, they have no one to talk to if you’re the only one in the car and if there are other people in the car to talk to loud talking in the background can be just as annoying as music during a phone call. So the person/people sitting in the car with you have to just be quiet and do nothing while you sit and have a phone conversation and ignore everyone else who is actually with you physically. If you are with one other person in a restauraunt or bar you are still phone violating if you get up and walk away from the table to have the conversation. Of course a quick conversation is acceptable but anything over the 3 minute mark makes you a rude phone violator! There are exceptions to this rule and they include – your parent or family member or boss who needs to have a discussion with you and won’t accept that you cannot talk to them right then and there or absolutely cannot know that you are in a car an hour away from the city approaching the cottage for the weekend after ditching out on work early…on Thursday. Or, if the information being given to you by the other person benefits or is of interest to everyone else in the group – e.g. directions to aforementioned cottage. But use your better judgement of when you are being a phone violator and when you aren’t.
  • Late Night Phone Calls/Texts/Emails If I am attempting to get in touch with you in a way that makes your cell phone ring and that wakes you up at 4 A.M. TOO BAD! It is a cell phone, you only have one and it is not difficult to turn the ringer off. “But I need to be able to hear my phone in case an emergency happens and someone needs to call me!” Fine so set up a profile that turns off all other sounds like text and email notifiers so those won’t wake you up. I understand the rationale behind not calling someone on a house line after a certain hour because we cannot expect people to walk around their house/apartment turning off phone ringers but a cell phone is one device which can easily be set to silent or left in another room. This is the 21st Century, not everyone is on the same schedule as you and you better get used to receiving emails at all hours because that’s the way the world works these days.

But that’s just my $0.02, as always your comments are appreciated!

  1. Ari
    March 17, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Wow, you have a lot of venting to do…may I suggest a blog?

  2. March 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    umm I get the feeling Yehuda has gotten these crazy idea's into your head, about cell phone edicatte this that. Firstly, ppl need to answer their cell phone and cannot simply *&*^&*off bc your with someone at the present moment. the 'other' person in the car needs to understand that your a busy person with lots of phone calls and if I didnt answer the phone until later, I would come home and have to return 24 phone calls which is ridiculous and retarded. so while I may understand the frustration which you and others seem to feel regarding another who answers their cell phone when ur with them, this, as you effectively argued, is "the way the world works these days" – and one, in my humble opinion, should forgoe the apparant frustration because do you really expect someone to not answer the phone the whole time you are with them?????what if you are with someone for a long period of time, such as a cottage situation, there should be limits and lattitutes to your provisions no? blanket bans are ineffective, and allowing for one's personal discretion can be dangerous because you are assuming the person possesses the ability to reason, to calculate, and reach a viable conclusion (as to whether the call is important enought to violate the edicate). You have too much faith in ppl. I motion for a blanket always 'answer ur phone and the ppl with you need to chill, and deal'. Theres my four cents – and I trust, and am sure, my comments are valued and appreciated.Govern yourself accordingly, & do away with your evil phone edicate!!! Your causing much ado and are inciting and promoting the hatred of those who answr their phone while with an aquaintance. Your hate mongering will see its end today!

  3. Dan
    March 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Ari – hahaShira – I promise you Yehuda had ZERO to do with this post although I seem to have struck a nerve here.I advise you to read the ENTIRE post however – especially the part where I put a suggested limit on the length of conversations in the company of others. I do not assume you are going to ignore your phone completely but a couple minutes (I suggested 3) should be sufficient unless the person is having a crisis of some variety in which case it is an emergency and an exception to my suggestion. I only made the suggestion because I have gotten into cars with people where they literally sit on the phone for 10 minutes and it has nothing to do with work or family or anything massively important.No hate mongering here! But you are entitled to your opinion although valuing them at 4 cents?? Hmmm OK I agree! 4 cents it is…4 Jamaican cents (at last check $1 Jamaican = $0.0113697 US and $0.0144194 Canadian) LOL

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