When you are in church or temple how do your feel about a cell phone ringing

United States
February 23, 2007 7:25pm CST
during the service? Don't you find that disrespectful and thoughtless? What is your opinon?
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25 responses
@villageanne (8579)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I think all cell phones should be turned off out of respect for Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and for others in the chapel. I think if you are a Dr or other person required to wear a pager that it should be set on vibrate so as to not disrupt the service. We are not so important that everyone needs to be aware of any pages that may come in. Cell phones have voice mail and will take a message. Use that feature in the church. Always
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@ghurl5384 (121)
• Philippines
24 Feb 07
honestly, i feel irritated everytime i hear a cellphone ringing inside the church. especially if the ringing volume is so loud, and there is a holy mass going on. i mean, can't they turn it off even for just a few hours? or if they really can't, then they should put it to silent or vibrating mode. i think it's disrespectful because the church is a holy place, and we're supposed to pray when we're inside it.
@lonnieN (428)
• United States
24 Feb 07
no it is not possible to turn my cell phone off for a few hours. I am the father of twin diabetic boys. i need to respond to phone calls. i try to remember to turn my phone to vibrate. since i attend daily mass and am somewhat forgetfull i sometimes forget to turn my cell phone off. if someone's cell phone rings in church don't get mad; pray for them!!
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I think it is horrible that someone leaves their phone on during a service as it is extremely rude not only to the people attending the service but it is also rude to the pastor and everyone involved with church as well as being disrespectful to God as well. I always turn my phone off before going into church. That person should be escorted right out of the service.
@stateroad (731)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Oh man I cannot believe that others are thinking the same thing. Thank you for posting this to keep my sanity. I go to church on Sunday. Two weeks in a row this happened already. The cell phone went off during mass. It was a loud annoying ring tone. The lady laughed and thought it was funny. I gave her a dirty look and sighed. How can people not shut their phones off when they walk into Church. All they have to do is at least put it on silent or vibrate. We even have a sign when you walk into church reminding us to turn the cell phones off. How can people be so rude I do not have a clue. The people who do not turn their cell phones off are nuts. They are disrespecting themselves by being stupid. They are showing no respect for GOD and HIS house. Also they are disrespecting all the people in that church who are annoyed and disturbed when that cell phone starts ringing.
@GardenGerty (89960)
• Marion, Kansas
24 Feb 07
We have several doctors, firement, emt's in our congregation. They set their cell phones and pagers to vibrate so that it does not disturb worship. I do not seem to see so many thoughtless people, or rather hear their cell phones as some other people. lucky, i suppose. our second church service is broadcast on radio, so we are pretty conscious of the extra sound.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
That is soooo rude. The least a person can do is put the thing on viberate. It's not like we have not been walking around with cell phones in our pockets for a day or two. It's been years. NO excuse to forget to turn it off as far as I am concerned.
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
24 Feb 07
This would be extremely rude and disrespectful. Why don't people have the brains to leave them home or at least turn them to silent or vibrate? It's bad enough hearing them ring in stores, office buildings, and restaurants. I would think that everyone could live through a church service without taking a call. What's amazing is that a lot of these people are middle-aged people who did not grow up with cell phones. I would expect this behavior more from younger people who grew up with phones stuck to them, not from older people.
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@mimatexas (1840)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I find it very disrespectful and annoying. Our pastor always reminds us to turn off any cellular phones. I always make sure it is in vibrate mode.
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes I find it extremely disrespectful. I also find it annoying in many other places as well.
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• Australia
24 Feb 07
I agree it is disrespectful to have a phone ring during a public service, that is why there is a silence or vibrate setting on the phone, people can then quietly & discreetly leave the room to answer their call.
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
24 Feb 07
I agree with most of the people on here that this is most disrespectful to everyone that is in church. I think they can give one hour to God without the things of the world to distract them. What did people do before cell phones I wonder???
@lonnieN (428)
• United States
24 Feb 07
if i din't have a cell phone i would not be able to go to daily mass. i try to remember to turn it to vibrate but it is essential that my diabetic boys school be able to call me.
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
24 Feb 07
i think it's rude- if you know you are going to be there then turn it off- if you are expecting a call then don't go, simple as that- i went to a wake recently and someone had their cell phone on and it went off right after they left the casket- i thought that was horrible and disrespectful.
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@SKLC_PT (1234)
24 Feb 07
I find it more disrespectfully if they answer it or they put the call down and don't silent it and it calls again. Sometimes I know you forget to put it off, it's happened to me in a few places, cinema, school... sometimes I just forget I even have a phone lol, until it rings and I feel real embarrassed, and I usually have a real loud realtone, like my sms if the mad cow, I always just get the oops face and go all read.. I know sometimes people have important calls they are waiting for though but if they can put the phone to vibrate then please do
• Australia
24 Feb 07
this all depends on there ring tone, if its just a ring tone i think how boring is that person. from there it depends on the tune
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
24 Feb 07
A huge NO NO. Do find it disrespecful and very thoughtless. They can be set to vibrate and that would be for Doctors, Firemen, or Police men olnly. There is nothing more important that the service and fellowshipping. Too bad they cannot be collected at the door or technology installed, or God to do it, to make them not work within the walls. Must consider the need if a gunman would come it and 911 would need called. This has happened. sadly.
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@lonnieN (428)
• United States
24 Feb 07
are you perfect? do you always remember to turn your phone off in church? i go to daily mass and sometimes i forget. I have twin diabetic boys so i need my phone with me all the time but i try to remember to put it on vibrate when i'm in church
• Singapore
26 Feb 07
I feel that it is outright disrespectful - to your God as well as to the people around you who are trying to concentrate and pray. Before we enter a place of worship, we should always remember to off our phones.
• Ireland
25 Feb 07
I have seen this happen on a number of occasions. I wouldn't consider it disrespectful or thoughtless unless the person actually answered the call during the service. If I hear somebody's mobile ringing, then I would just presume that the person forgot to switch it off and I would feel sorry for the person for the embarrassement they must feel.
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@dana234 (2126)
• Spain
25 Feb 07
I find it annoying in any place that requieres silence, apart from churches or temples, in theatres, cinemas and libraries. It´s a lack of consideration towards others. It´s not necessary to turn it off, it can just be left on vibration, which gives people a chance to sneak out and answer the call.
@jess368 (3377)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I htink it is very disrespectful! everyone has the option on their phone to turn the ringer off. If you are waiting for a call you can put it on viberate. I dont know why its so hard to put a phone on silent!
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@carmat (2850)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I agree with you. It is thoughtless and disrespectful. Its not the time or place for personal phone calls, if it needs to be on then leave it on vibrate.