Is It Rude To Turn Off MY Phone?

United States
October 20, 2010 10:48pm CST
I want to know what you mylotters think about this? Do you think that it is rude to turn off my phone, when I just dont feel like talking or being bothered? So I have a habit of turning off my phone when I dont feel like talking about something that might be going on that particular day or what ever the situation might be there are days I just dont feel like being bothered. It gives me some peace I guess and having a cell phone with you 24/7 its exhausting sometimes. I have a number that my mother only has and if God forbid there's an emergency she needs to contact me, but thats it. So let me know what you guys think.
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23 responses
@much2say (34517)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I do it all the time - so I don't think it's rude at all (although some of my friends think it is - ha ha). I am a mom to 2 kids - and I'm not one of those parents who gab on the phone when I am with them. Also I hate talking on the phone anyway . . . I only pick up for my hubby, sister and my parents. Most of the time my friends want to chat away about their problems and blah blah blah - and I'm sorry, but I don't want to be bothered with their crap when I'm with my kids and need to be paying attention to them. Turn it off and get some peace - hee hee!
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• United States
22 Oct 10
@alexander101 I like that just disconnect.. ;)
• India
21 Oct 10
First of all, let me say that it is not good to turn the mobile off. In some cases when we are so busy or annoyed, we have to do it. But I think that one should have to respond to the call later. May be the caller wants to send an urgent message and you might have missed it.
• United States
22 Oct 10
I see your point but I think if its that serious than leave me a voicemail, that I check if the cell phones off... Cause you never know!!
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I don't believe it's rude at all. Especially if a person is going through a rough time, having to talk to people, especially about the problem that's giving them a rough time can be exhausting and can also hinder instead of help. My husband and I leave our cellphone off unless he is at work or we are out somewhere. Otherwise people know where to reach us, but we have caller ID so if we don't want to talk we don't answer.
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• United States
22 Oct 10
Exactly, It can be exhausting and like I said there are times I just dont want to talk!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
21 Oct 10
Turning off your phone is just a matter of choice. Sometimes you just want some time to yourself. It's not wise to leave your phone turned off for too long of time. someone might really need to contact you. Sometimes we just need those quiet moments to see us through.
@Galena (9124)
21 Oct 10
of course not. it's just a phone, it's not your ruler. you can choose when you want to be availiable or not. I think people get a bit over the top about them. they're just tools to do a job, not a permanent companion
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• Philippines
21 Oct 10
No, it's not rude. At least for me, I don't think it is. It is your phone and you have every right to turn it off and take a break whenever you want to. In the past, there were no cellphones and people just did fine. If someone wants to really talk to you, he/she can always reach you on the phone if your cellphone is turned off. It's your personal property, after all so you have every right to do what you want with it, when you want it. I guess the necessary thing is just that having the cell turned on will make you easier to get a hold of in emergencies.
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• Philippines
21 Oct 10
No, I don't think so. It is okay to shut down your phone sometimes. There are times when I do just that when I am not in the mood to converse with anybody else nor the sound of sms messages received or the phone ringing. Since I work in a call center environment I sometimes grew tired of listening to such type of sounds. Over exposure to such sound I guess. Do you do this often? If not then its okay since during emergencies(This does not happen that often) you will a sort of intuition that your Mom might need you since we are "in tune" with whats wrong with them as kids.
@youless (86466)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Oct 10
I think it is fine for you to turn off your cellphone when you don't want to be bothered. This is your cellphone and you pay for the phone bills. Nobody should blame you. They can leave you SMS instead. After your cellphone is on, at least you will get the SMS. No need to turn on the cellphone all day long because sometimes there will be trash calls from the salesmen. My cellphone will be turned off automatically at 11pm and it will be on again next morning. I love China
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• Canada
21 Oct 10
I don't think its rude either and I do it myself sometimes when I just don't want to be bothered. I have buddies that will text me all day about everything they do and all I can think is why don't they get Twitter or a Blogger account and make some money instead harassing me all the time. So no I think its perfectly fine and normal to turn your phone off to get a break when you need it.
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• Indonesia
21 Oct 10
not at all... after we got tired after we working hard or something makes us so tired and want to feel alone, it comes so normal when we will want shut off our phone and do not want to bother. Our mind need for some space, time and privacy to be fresh, being rationally, and being calm again. So it's good for you to set aside your problem to restore your energy and back to life. many people don't realize it, that we must maintain and manage our energy, mind, and mood to avoid stress that could damage the entire life.
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@pschenck (100)
• Canada
21 Oct 10
I don't think it's rude at all. Everybody needs some down time and it's really hard to get that in this age of high tech where everyone seems to be available 24/7. I applaud you for taking some time out from your phone!
• United States
21 Oct 10
Yaay so someone agrees..LOL Thanks..
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
Absolutely not! I really think we still have the constitutional right to our privacy. LOL. If they think it's rude, well I guess they might actually try turning off their phones too to make it even...ROFL..
• United States
22 Oct 10
Haha Very True..LOL
@his0yir (258)
22 Oct 10
I believe everyone needs to have his own time. Before mobile was invented, no one would think that you were deliberately ignoring everyone if you couldn't be contacted immediately. But nowadays it seems to have become a social norm that once you have a mobile, you have to be ready to receive calls 24/7, otherwise you will be regarded as being anti-social. So beforehand it was tolerable not to be able to be found straight away, but now mobiles have created a new rule of behaviour that their owners have to standby all the time. Doesn't it sound funny? I heard that some people refuse to have mobiles because they want to keep the standard of their lives. They can still be reached by normal telephone or by other traditional ways.
• United States
22 Oct 10
Absolutely not rude to turn off your phone.Its your phone your choice you pay the bill everyone needs a break once and awhile.
@obitwo (350)
• Denmark
22 Oct 10
That is not rude at all. Well, it can be if you constantly keep avoiding a person. But to me it sounds that you just need some relaxing sometimes. And that is, luckily, very natural! I believe it would be a good thing to do for most of us actually. Take to that lake camp with your family and just leave the laptop and the phone at home. Because after all, how important can it be? And how can it possibly be more important than enjoying your family and relax! Personally I don't turn off my phone for a whole day as I don't like the fact that people can't call me if some emergency happens. However, when I'm on vacation or camping it's turned off the whole day!
@maezee (26739)
• United States
21 Oct 10
This is the part I hate about having a cell phone: I HATE being "available" and reach-able 24/7! Sometimes I won't shut my phone off, but I'll purposely not answer calls (even semi-important ones) because I don't feel like talking that second. It's totally and 100% OK. Sometimes we just don't want to be reached, I understand that. If your friends or family or co-workers can leave you a message or call you back another time, that should be just fine, shouldn't it? I think so anyway. Go ahead and turn your phone off! Just don't forget to call the people back within a reasonable amount of time after they leave you a message (or your friends might start to hate you lol)
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
21 Oct 10
I think there are definitely places and occasions where it would be advisable to turn off your cellphone,and on other occasions it's down to the individual how they feel about it..In Hospitals,in Church,or in a Restaurant,for example..can't people just sit down for a quiet hour for a meal and relax without the phone ringing,or having to check your email,or having to call their friends (or BE called!) to have the "Yeah,I'm just sitting here about to have my dinner" boring type of conversation!
@shaggin (25263)
• United States
21 Oct 10
No I dont think its rude at all to turn off your phone. At night when I sleep I leave my cell phone downstairs and my ringer is not on in my room. There is no reason someone needs to get ahold of me in the middle of the night. If I get a call late at night its usually a wrong number anyway. Some places you have to turn off your phone like in a library. My ex drives me nuts so sometimes I just wont answer the phone. Your right being available 24 hours a day is a bit much sometimes.
@ellanel (25)
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
for me.. i better turn off my phone if i want to have rest. it is not rude to turn off our cellphones. we need to have a private time for ourself too.
@toniganzon (39805)
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
It's your prerogative, just like when you got that phone you have every right to do whatever you want with it. You can even just turn it on, put to silent mode and don't answer the calls if you think they aren't important.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
21 Oct 10
For me it is not good habit you are.