Are you a slave to your cellphone?

India
September 5, 2010 3:00pm CST
I was having lunch the other day with my colleague when my mobile rang and I just ignored it. Aren't you going to answer that, my colleague asked.I said,NO,'if I answer that,I am basically saying to you that this caller,and I don't even know who it is yet,is more important than my conversation with you. It could be important, she said. It could be, I said, but if it is then they will call back and if it isn't, i didn't need to take the call anyway.The can always SMS me. I guess I am a stickler for civility-I hate when someone gets and SMS while I am talking to them, and regardless of what I am saying, proceeds to read the message, which is a plain rude act from my point of view.
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13 responses
@jeffyryi (78)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
not at all, like you I can easily reject any calls and messages if I like to but that's not always the case, and there's nothing wrong with that only when there's a possibility of emergency..well, that depends.. cellphone is the most effective means of communication,it will serve its purpose. :)
@dodo19 (27197)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
6 Sep 10
No, I'm really not a slave to it. I don't need it at all. I usually give my home phone number anyway. So if I'm not home, they can just leave a message on my answering machine. I just use my cell phone in case of emergency.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
well in that scenario if i know the caller like my family and something i will try to excuse myself. but if i dont know the caller then i will not answer it.
@atv818 (1988)
• United Arab Emirates
6 Sep 10
Slave is a harsh word. The best description should be vital. Cellphone is already a vital part of our lives whether we admit it or not. Whenever someone calls my cell and they are not reflected or registered on my phone as somebody I know, I still answer it because it could be that a friend or relative is simply using another phone just to reach me. Another reason could be that they had changed their numbers and they are calling me for that.
@ergfortes (516)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
I'd say no. Though i always keep it with me, well that's the use of cellphones, for mobility. I only have one with me to check on my family and keep myself connected with my boyfriend. I do agree that it's rude to read messages when talking to somebody, i wouldn't want someone to do that to me as well. I believe that if somethings then you can always call.
@mimining (204)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
Slave, no, but I remind myself to mute my cel when I'm conversing with someone. I get distracted though when I'm in front of a meeting, casual or serious, and someone gets to his cel every now and then. I just ignore it. Usually, that person would excuse himself. If not, then it's his way of saying "I'm bored".
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
No am not a slave to my cellphone. I have it to serve me as a gadget for communications. I don't rush to answer call especially when i'm not expecting one. Some people misunderstood this gadget as if they can't live without it,my Gosh,they're only using it for games and FB,what a waste of time and energy!
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
6 Sep 10
I am not a slave to my cell phone. I usually don't even have it on and I use it for emergencies only. I think it is annoying when people just keep texting or talking about meaningless things and go in debt. My plan is prepaid since I don't use it at all.
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
No, not really. I am not slave with this gadget. Cellphone is very useful to us especially contacting friends and families. It is not bad to have this gadget on your own. You'll have to use it by transacting and calling important perons in your life. But sometimes cellphone is an annoying gadget. It gives sometimes discomfort and loss patience. For me, having a cellphone is an edge in this world now. I think we should be patient enough in order not to loose our balance.
@niairen01 (1018)
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
on my part, I know people who calls me and I know people who don't. And those people who usually calls me are people who'd only calls me when there's a problem. So, what I do is i just peep at my phone to see who it is and i know it isn't important then i won't have to answer. it'll only take about a couple of your seconds to do so. So, there's no problem about that. on your question, nope I'm not a slave. I don't usually touch it unless it rang or beep. and it doesn't usually do. I've got loads of friends but we actually just use our home to say, hey I'm going at your place I'm bored here. or we're going out are you coming. but other than that, there's not chitchat through the phone. ^.^
• United States
5 Sep 10
I'm with you! I hate it when I am trying to converse with someone and they start texting. It is indeed rude. It can wait at least until the end of the conversation I am having with them! I don't even like for them to take a phone call. It's just that we are so busy with all of that it's too much. If you only got a call or two a day it would be different. It's become unimportant as it's just too much frivolous stuff!
• Bangladesh
5 Sep 10
I never had a cell phone and I an mot plaaning to get one. I am not a slave to hype or fashion of false needs. People have always lived without cell phones. Cell phones keep people from communicating with othes. it cuts tem from others. They are too busy with their cell phones and the consequence of this is that ignore their next of in.
@ench815 (465)
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Cellphones were invented and people caught on for a reason. I might not be a slave to my cellphone but when it rings, I try to get the proper timing to excuse myself to check the caller's name. If the call is from the house, especially my kids, I would answer it because they won't bother to call, not unless if it is of utmost importance. Otherwise, I would reject it. SMS can wait for sure. Nobody would text a message if it was urgent. I don't think it is uncivilized to do that. Even your colleague was worried if it was important. I think that if you don't want to receive and answer calls during a meeting, then you might as well turn it off during that time. That way, your guest won't also get bothered by the fact that you're not answering your calls.