I miss the days before cellphones.

United States
August 31, 2008 8:27am CST
Maybe I'm just cranky, but lately I've been getting more and more irritated at the site of people using cellphones. I myself don't own one, I have no need for one, I'm always home, and rarely get personal phone calls anyways. Granted it would be nice to have one in case my car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, or on the rare occasion I leave the children with a sitter so I can call and check on them without finding a payphone. However I have no desire to pay the fees associated with cell phones. It just seems that in today's world, everywhere you look someone has a cell phone attatched to their ear. People of all ages, including little children, and it doesn't matter what the people are doing. They could be driving, or riding their bike, or even at work. It is so irritating to go to a place of business and have to wait for the employee to finish their personal phone call before they wait on you. It is also irritating to be chatting with a friend at a diner or someplace and have your conversation interrupted by their cellphone. It used to be people would carry pictures of their family in their wallet. Now people whip out their cell phone to show off their children's pictures. Heck, my 11 year old son has a friend about his age who calls our home and leaves a message for my son to call back on the boy's cell phone!! Are you irritated by cell phones? What is your biggest cell phone pet peeve?
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@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
I think I know what you mean. People don't have cellphone etiquette that's why it irritates not only you but more people actually. Basic Cell phone etiquette rules include : (http://www.indianchild.com/cell_phone_etiquette.htm) Switching it Off : Know when to turn it off or vibrate it. eg meetings, movies, worship, seminars, etc . Vibrate mode when in places where you can take a call, but don't want to disturb others. Be Brief : When you get a call and you're with friends, keep the call short. Permission : Often, it is correct etiquette to inform others at the beginning of the meeting that you are expecting an important call and get their permission. Be Polite : Don't scream : speak in a lower-than-normal voice, you will be heard by the caller, and not others in the room Don't Distract : Avoid talking where you may be distracting to others. Driving : It is not only very dangerous, but also unlawful in most countries to drive & talk on your cellphone. If only we'd try hard to follow those basic etiquettes. Like you I have several instances where I was irritated, one would be when I see a young person flirting through the cellphone in public. Another would be people who can't seem to stop using the cellphone, most especially if they're not engaged in business and the use of cellphone is just for entertainment. It's not only rude, but it wastes time and resources as well. As for me, I avoid using my cellphones when in public and most especially if I am with friends and on social occasions. And of course, on Sundays, I really rarely use my cellphone that day. Everyone knows that they can't reach me well through my cellphone on Sundays. I consider it a day of rest (even from my cellphone).
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• United States
31 Aug 08
I wish more people would follow those tips. We were at the fair a few days ago, watching a street performer, he was quite good and very funny. Well this girl in the front row was on her cell phone during his act. He apparently got annoyed, because he walked right up to the girl and screamed into her cell phone that he will stop the show so as not to interrupt her conversation. The whole audience was laughing their heads off, and a couple other people who were also on their phones turned them off. The girl then walked away and he made fun of her as she left.
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@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
Whoah! That's girl on the phone must've been shocked to her brains when that happened. Oh well, she somehow deserved it, even if the call was an emergency one, she didn't have the right to do that infront of the performer, it's like she should have gone out to use the phone instead of talking while someone was performing. That is really rude of her to have done that when she was seated in front.
• United States
1 Sep 08
Yes and no. I love cell phones because in a emergency, an important situation, a work situation, or if you really have to speak to someone about something important, cell phone can be great, but I do not like them because of how much people abuse them. With great cell phone power, should come great cell phone responsibility, people. I see people using cell phones everywhere and it can be irritating. We should just have a day where cell phones are not used at all. Let's see how people react to that? My generation, and the generations before mine, lived without cell phones, and we turned out just fine. Nowadays, it seems like no one can live without one, and it is going to come to bite us in the butt when we least suspect it. We need to learn to live without technology and learn to live with it. We need to learn that technology does not take over our lives.
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• United States
1 Sep 08
Nope, you're right. I've only ever had a cell phone once, and it was for work purposes. Before that we used pagers and had to stop at a payphone to call back. The cell phone made that much easier, and less embarassing because the pager I had was a voice one, instead of leaving a number to call, the dispatcher actually told me what delivery to pick up. But other than that, I've lived my whole life without a cell phone, and I turned out just fine. So long as there are payphones there is no real necessity for cell phones.
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• United States
2 Sep 08
Yeah, I remember using payphones. They were not that bad. Just pay a quarter or fifty cents, and you could talk on a pay phone for a few minutes, tell people what you need to tell them, and then just be on your way. You also meet a lot of people when you are not on the phone. When you are on the phone, it seems like all you know is the people you talk to on the other end.
@GreenMoo (11842)
31 Aug 08
I have two mobile phones, as does my partner, but I don't currently have a landline and I drive allot in very remote areas with a baby in the car. My phones are both second hand cast offs, really old and pretty basic. They don't search the web, play tunes or make a cup of coffee like most of them seem to these days! I read somewhere that where I live has the highest mobile phone ownership per member of the population in the EU. I don't know whether that's true still, but I can easily believe it. It's quite common to go into an office and see someone with two mobiles laid out on their desk as well as the landline. Even the kids at my son's school carry phones. Tell me, what does a pre-teen need with a mobile phone? We don't really have a crime problem around here, but I think giving a kid a mobile is just offering them up as a target for mugging. Kids don't appreciate the need for discretion and like to show off their latest gadgets. Sad that they shouldn't, but true.
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• United States
31 Aug 08
I haven't the slightest idea what use a child has for a cell phone. Actually we all got along just fine without them before they were invented, so I don't see the big deal.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
3 Sep 08
I suspect that lots of kids just like to play games or listen to music on them! Some phones are so advanced that actually making a call is just one the things you can do.
@trinale (1480)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Whew Katsmeow! You've struck with a nerve with me!! I often find myself asking what is that person talking on the cell phone driving 10 miles slower than the posted speed limit in the fast lane talking about that's just soooo important they can't wait until they get home to talk about. I want to ask that lady in the check out line what's so important that she just has to get on her cell phone to call her girl friend while being rung up. I want to ask that kid what's so important that they just have to text their buddy while driving. Can it wait until you pull over...or even better...until you get to your destination. I want to ask the gentleman who just turned on the highway in front of me, just narrowly missing getting hit is that call that important that you can't pay attention to what you're doing. It's funny as we're sitting here watching Hurricane Gustav that we're talking about cell phones. I never owned one up until 3 years ago when I had no power and no phone service for a couple days after a hurricane. I purchased one for that purpose with the added justification that I could keep it in the car and use for emergencies (you don't find alot of pay phones around this area). An added bonus was the free long distance, so I get to talk to my mom and sister more often! Cheers, Stan
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• United States
1 Sep 08
I agree cell phones can serve a purpose, and have made life a bit more convenient, but as another poster has said, we need to use common courtesy. Driving while using a cellphone is probably the #1 pet peeve of most people, and I think customer service would be #2. Have you ever stood in line for something and have the person serving you be chatting away on her phone? Is it really good service if they tell the person on the other end to hold on while she serves her customers? I don't think so. I don't think people in the customer service business should have their cell phones on them while at work. Back before cell phones were so popular, there was a rule about no personal phone calls at work unless it's an emergency, now everyone you see has a cell phone on them, and sometimes planted to their ear while they are serving you.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
31 Aug 08
guarenteed their are so many plus points of having a cellphone,i get irritated by calls from insurance or credit card companies or some cell phone company giving a call when i am resting or doing some urgent work.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
31 Aug 08
i actually work in a field related to the mobile phone industry so for me they are a necessary evil regardless! But I do often wonder how the heck I managed to get by in the earlier days when we just didn't have them. But the fact of the matter is that we all got by just fine! When I first worked in a white collar type job in a Real Estate office I had no mobile phone and no computer. Only the receptionist had a computer! But again we all got by just fine..... Now it has gotten to the stage where we practically feel naked without our mobile phones and totally incapacitated without a PC! I wonder where we will all be in another 20 years from now?
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
31 Aug 08
I have one but rarely use it. I could definitely live without it!
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
1 Sep 08
My biggest cell phone pet peeve was once I lost my cell phone. Also, when someone talk to me, I will feel embarrassed if someone answers the cellphone. Not cool! Really
• United States
1 Sep 08
I think you missed the point of the conversation. You should try reading the whole discussion before responding.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I love my cell phone. For me it promotes independence as I'm in a wheelchair. It allows me to be separate from people but still be connected in case of an emergency. However, some people have no common sense whatsoever and I think those are the people you are discussing. People who drive cars while talking on their cell phones, I won't even drive my chair down the sidewalk while I'm talking on the phone lest I run someone over. I think we all need places to escape modern technology and people have forgotten the power of the off switch.
• United States
1 Sep 08
I'm not against cell phones completely, because I believe they are a great convenience in emergency situations, and can also be life savers at times. Say you got in an accident in the middle of no where, you can call for help. Or for you, if you have a nasty fall, well you can't get to a payphone, so a cell phone is a must for you. But yeah, I'm more or less against the people who use their phones just to chat, and while in public no less. I understand many people have done away with their land lines, so they use their cell phone for all of their phone conversations. But there is still a time and place for personal phone calls.
@BlueCat (49)
2 Sep 08
I love my phone but I very rarely use it as a phone1 I have a PDA phone and I use it loads to check my diary or catch up on emails when I'm out of the house, and I tend to text people, but I very rarely use it for phone calls. To me, if I want to call someone I want to do it in the privacy of my home or office, not while I'm walking along the road when everyone can eavesdrop! Of course it is very handy for emergencies though. I too get very annoyed when I'm with someone, having a conversation and we keep being interrupted by their phone. Worst is when they feel the urge to reply to a text mid-sentence - I'm sure whatever they're responding to can't be THAT urgent!
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
I know your sentiments , sometimes i do wish also that there is no cellphones to let us be in touched really with a person (talk to them face to face ). And you are also true about them having pictures not in the wallet but in their cellphones. I 've got to admit im guilty of these things also but i can do anything but goes with the time.
@oscar6 (1939)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I am not irritated by cell phones at all. They are some of the latest technology and I tend to go with it instead of fighting against it. The only thing I dont like is when someone decides to drive really slow because they are on the cell phone. I really enjoy having my cell phone around and am glad that they were invented.
• Philippines
1 Sep 08
YEAH!you're right its so annoying, sometimes in a date i feels so uncivilized if that your still speaking and there she is not paying you any attention but to her phone. It seems like your dating a dummy. i have 1 mobile phone but the lcd's broke due to it gotten wet but im satisfied at almost 3 months living without it.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
well, i think cellphones had not only become a necessity but also a fashion... many people now had cellphones for showing off and fall into the trap of technology... they are just wasting their money... i don't mind when i see people using the cell phone as long as they really need it... but i hate it when i see people using cell phone for showing off or talk nonsense... i also disagree for children to use cell phone... i didn't own my first cell phone until i was 18... and it is also second hand from my elder brother... take care and have a nice day...
1 Sep 08
Hi Katsmeow, Same here I hate kids with their phone stuck in their ears all the time and they have those new fangle phones that you can do all sorts with and yes including the photo ones, I have a very T-mobile phone that you can ring out and you can test. I went out with my friend onece and as we sat in the pub talking her phone will ring,and she spend half hour talking on her phone, it carried for the duration of the evening, in the end I have to ask wether she was out with me or her boyfriend, it really annoyed me. I only take my phone out when I have to ring my hubby up to pick me from whereever I am to take me home. Tamara
@Hatley (164465)
• Garden Grove, California
31 Aug 08
hi katsmeow 1213 my biggest peeve with cell phones is walking along and thinking someone is trying to talk to me, so turn around and reply only to find a man or woman buried deep in conversation on their cellphones and just maybe two feet behind me, talking loudly so everyone can see how up to the minute they are with their bloody cell phones. also when I worked in our local branch library we had a sign on the door do not use cell phones in library. so of course they all do just because they are not supposed to. So I am sent around to ask them to take their phonecalling outside so they do not disturb other patrons. They always give me real attitude too before they go outside.lol lol lol.