Do you find yourself doing this?

United States
January 6, 2008 12:47pm CST
Perhaps old habits die hard and it is from years of using a stationary wall phone, but I simply can't seem to do anything else when I am using my cell phone! I will answer it while in the house and rather than continue to do things, I find a place and sit down to talk! If I am out somewhere, say the mall or taking a walk, I stop walking and stand still to talk! Do you do this? Please tell me I'm not the only one!
3 people like this
10 responses
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
6 Jan 08
nope, sorry Crazynurse. One of the things I love about a cell phone is the ability to keep on moving and doing and cleaning and typing and walking and shopping while I have a conversation. ALTHOUGH, I normally do not talk on my cell phone unless I am at home. I am definitely not one to talk while driving or shopping or in restaurants. I think it is rude, especially if someone is on their cell phone, but being waited on by a teller, or grocery clerk. That is just simply rude. I was at the post office one day and a lady was on her cell phone having a conversation while the clerk was TRYING to wait on her and ask her questions about her parcel she was shipping, the lady kept having to say, "WhaT??" The clerk would have to repeat herself. When the lady left, the mail clerk shook her head and looked at me and said, "I hate it when customer's do that, it's just so rude." From that day forward, I promised myself I would not be that rude to a teller or grocery clerk or waitress, or whatever. Anyway, I got off track there.... but,no, I keep on 'doing' and actually sometimes, I get MORE housecleaning done when I'm on the cell phone because I can't watch TV or read email while I'm on the phone!!!
• United States
7 Jan 08
You are so right. I too, hate to be behind someone using a cell phone while being helped by an employee. Also, I hate to be in a physician's waiting room or restarant and have to hear someone's conversation. So very rude. How do you type while on your cell? I can't seem to hold my phone securely between my shoulder and ear the way I used to hold the old home phones. The cell is too small and falls to the floor continually!
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
7 Jan 08
You need to get yourself a hands free set so you can just put your phone in your pocket, or, if you don't have a pocket available, sticking it in your bra works well!!! Then, just walk around dusting your house, washing dishes, folding clothes, or whatever you are doing with both hands free and having a conversation!!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Mine won't work at the house UNLESS you SIT/stand in a particular spot but that's different lol! I know it does feel strange to wander around while talking. I'm used to a cordless phone at home but that only goes so far. When I'm on the cell somewhere I "feel" like I can only go so far from where ever I was when I made the call.
2 people like this
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
6 Jan 08
You are not alone. I also think it is a good habit to have - focus on the conversation and less accidents will occur. If you are cooking, dicing foods etc and handling a phone conversation you are more likely to cut or burn yourself. If you are driving a car and having a phone conversation you are more likely to injure yourself and others. I do not use a cell phone very often, we just have a trac type phone for security reasons... however, I do find myself acting as you when I am using a cordless phone
1 person likes this
• United States
7 Jan 08
I most certainly refuse to drive while using a cell phone. I am convinced that is the reason for many accidents that occur.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
10 Feb 08
thank you for the rating, crazynurse, it is really appreciated.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I don't use a cell phone, but I think it is great that you stop what you are doing to take a call. I think this multi-tasking nonsense has gone way to far. I applaud you for not trying to be a robot. I wish more people would do this while driving, stop to take a call or put it off until later.
1 person likes this
• United States
7 Jan 08
Oooohhh, thanks Sigma! Now I don't feel so bad! I'll look at the positive aspect of my 'bad' habit! Ha! I too can't stand folks who try to manage a car through terrible traffic while holding a cell to their ear. I have almost been hit so many times.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
6 Jan 08
You're definitely not the only one who finds them awkward. Yes, I'll stop walking to talk, (although I don't know why. Don't know, maybe I can't walk and chew gum either hahaha) My old house phone had one of those cradles on it where you could prop the phone on your shoulder and speak into it, leaving your hands both free to type or multi-task. My kids got me one of those ear-buds for my cell phone so that I could be hands free. I have a friend who just puts theirs on speaker phone and continues working. While that actually sounds like a good idea, the background noise from filling the sink, banging pans, etc, actually makes it much harder for me to hear what she's saying. I'm always saying 'didn't catch that...what?' Lol, and of course it's much worse if she forgets and turns around to do something and she's not aimed at the speaker. Wish they'd invent something besides the ear-buds for hands free talking.
1 person likes this
@GardenGerty (100331)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I do this with the cordless phone at home. I even put it on speaker phone, and still hold it up to my ear. I feel like I am a mess. It is not you, though, it is at least the two of us.
• Singapore
8 Jan 08
For me, I am ok with using any phones - be it wall or sitting or standing or cell. But really, I am not exactly a fan of talking on the phone to start with. Like you rightly pointed out, I think it is a matter of habits. You will get used to it if you want to. =)
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
7 Jan 08
You might not be the only one, but I don't do that, if anything I put it on speaker and keep doing whatever it was I was doing. I can talk and walk at the same time lol and I'm used to having my phone with me wherever I go, so if I'm shopping I go right on with what I was doing, I don't find a place to sit down. I love being able to put it on speaker at home, and in the car, it's nice to have it hands free.
7 Jan 08
No really. Sometimes it's more comfortable but I generally walk around and keep doing things because when i'm on the phone to my parents I'm usually on for awhile and I don't have time to do everything just to stand still. I find this discussion very well thought out, I'm sure more will be the same and sit down. ~Joey I can't stay still though, especially for a long period of time.
@dania_elm (422)
• United States
6 Jan 08
no sorry to say i dont do this i talk and drive-unless there is traffic i talk and shop i am always on my phone we are kind of connected lol give it some time u ma still get used to it