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I feel so strongly about this that for about three years now I have refused to take my mobile phone with me if I am specifically going out to meet friends on for social reasons, on the basis that I wish to spend time with that person (or those people) rather than any absent friends who wish to breeze in over the airwaves for a chat.
If anyone does happen to ring my mobile when I'm out, they can leave a voicemail which I'll get when I return home.
Some of my friends say to me: "But you should carry your mobile everywhere and always have it switched on."
And I say: "Why?"
And they say: "So I can get hold of you"
And I say: "But it's my phone, for my convenience, not your phone for your convenience."
And they say: "But how else can I get hold of you?!"
And I say: "Write me an email."
Or preferably a postcard...
Ever been standing in line in small shop when the phone behind the counter rings? That potential customer is behind you -- an actual real customer -- in the line. But they usually get dealt with first.
I'm enjoying the rise of phone-free zones, especially on longhaul trains.
especially on longhaul trains
Totally agree, One of the most annoying things in the world is having to listen to somone else shouting their way through the journey - coach D all the way for me.
Mobile phones have only one place in social situations - to organsise them. Once you've met up you'd better not sit there texting your absent friends or you will get a verbal slapping from me!
I've seen it too often where people get a company phone and are happy until calls start coming through at 4am, they decide one night to turn the phone off and then get asked "why was the company phone off?".
I'll pay my own bill thanks and expense any work calls!
That said, though-
I set my ringtone as a single, pleasant one-note chime, discreet and calm, not a cheeseball casio symphony. And when I answer, it's in a hushed tone. In other words, if someone in line has a simple, normal live conversation with someone else in line, nobody gets pissed off. I tend to tone down my cell conversations to a level even below that, and I get the sense all is well in the etiquette dept.
For some reason, tons of people somehow think a cellPhone grants them a personal megaphone license, to pompously discuss supposed big business deals (I'm a rich guy btw, and the rich tend to be discreet. Loudmouths are usually full of it) or, because I'm in LA, their stupid film industry poseur babble, ie: "Yes! I'll be on set today. Did you have a chance to read the treatment for the pilot yet?" etc.
People are desperate for attention, and if they can't get it legitimately, they force themselves upon you anyway. Ugh
[edited by: rogerd at 10:48 am (utc) on Dec. 21, 2004]
My company supplys me with a phone which i use during business hours and have at home should I need it.
In my line of work a call out of hours could mean that a work mate is in a very dangerous situation and requires immediate assistance, otherwise I wouldnt answer it when not at work.
Dangerous situation here could mean life or death.
On the whole Im against them.
i dont know if this happens with you guys or not but i does happens with me at times
I take my phone out with me because sometimes it's nice to text someone to ask if they want to join you, just on a whim.
I always try to remember to switch my phone off before going to places such as a library, or a religious place for that matter, if I was going to one.