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post #16 of 48
Funny how when cellphones first came out in the 80's you were considered a big-timer by having one.

Now it's the exact opposite. the Big-timers make it hard for you to reach him, while the small-time wanna bes are constantly chatting on the phone.
post #17 of 48
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I think cellphones have lowered the quality of communication amongst people these days.

Understatement of the century.

Talking on cell phones seems like mostly thoughtless chatter, and look what texting has done for proper grammar, spelling and vocabulary.

Ah...most things have gone to shit anyway...so who cares.

But one area that I think should, and probably will become very taboo, is engaging in some kind of transaction with someone (retail POS or service desk...bank, etc) while trying to carry on a cell phone conversation. That's right up their with spitting in someone's face afaic. I'm seeing a lot of "no cell phones" signs at POS counters now, so I don't think I'm out to lunch on that one.
post #18 of 48
Phone etiquette... HUGE deal.
Personaly, I prefer the convenice of a LAN line- only giving my cell # to a select few.
post #19 of 48
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Originally Posted by Bhowie View Post
I think if you are at dinner even pulling your phone out or having it on ring is rude. Just my HO.

Agreed. With the exception of this

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Originally Posted by Milhouse View Post
Well, in a group of friends trying to arrange an evening, I consider texting and calling to be acceptable.

Getting a group together can be tough, so if you're missing people, you probably have to find them. But once everyone is there...see above.

b
post #20 of 48
Huge deal. Text in front of me on a date, will ya? Not happening!
post #21 of 48
Using a cell at the table, texting, whatever, is inconsiderate if the people you're with object. Or if they're likely to object. What other people do at neighboring tables is their business. The gray area is when you can hear a person at another table on his cell chattering away. This seems to be more offensive than two people having a face to face convo you can overhear. Circumstances will determine if cell phoner is inconsiderate. Not sure rude is the right word in these situations, however. Rude implies something deliberate.
post #22 of 48
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
Funny how when cellphones first came out in the 80's you were considered a big-timer by having one.

Now it's the exact opposite. the Big-timers make it hard for you to reach him, while the small-time wanna bes are constantly chatting on the phone.


12 years ago in HK, I was amused to sit in a decent-ish restaurant for lunch and watch teenage couples on dates carefully place glitzy his'n'hers cellphones on the table next to their cutlery. The more advanced might refer to that gesture as a tribal marking, perhaps.
post #23 of 48
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Originally Posted by Concordia View Post
12 years ago in HK, I was amused to sit in a decent-ish restaurant for lunch and watch teenage couples on dates carefully place glitzy his'n'hers cellphones on the table next to their cutlery. The more advanced might refer to that gesture as a tribal marking, perhaps.

I'm in college. I still do this at lunch, as do a few of my friends. We go to some pretty good places for lunch. I have a free phone, its not about displaying status at all; really just about convenience and the fact that there's a lot of stuff going on for me around lunch time, and I'm usually rushing around trying to get things done and meet up with different people. It's not noticable at all really, it just sits there next to my water unless something comes up.
post #24 of 48
Not OK
post #25 of 48
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Originally Posted by Concordia View Post
12 years ago in HK, I was amused to sit in a decent-ish restaurant for lunch and watch teenage couples on dates carefully place glitzy his'n'hers cellphones on the table next to their cutlery. The more advanced might refer to that gesture as a tribal marking, perhaps.

Sitting down with a cell phone (a bulky one from 12 years ago if I may add) is not comfortable. If I'm not wearing a jacket I almost always place my cell phone on a table. However, it will be off, if having a meal or serious discussion.
post #26 of 48
many people text / email / or otherwise use their phone to disconnect from what ever group they are in because they are afraid to connect with the group they are in. sometimes in boils down to insecurity. that doesn't make them bad, rude perhaps. unless he's sexting someone, that would be very rude.
post #27 of 48
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Originally Posted by Concordia View Post
12 years ago in HK, I was amused to sit in a decent-ish restaurant for lunch and watch teenage couples on dates carefully place glitzy his'n'hers cellphones on the table next to their cutlery. The more advanced might refer to that gesture as a tribal marking, perhaps.

On a related note, there is an interesting article by some economists in Liverpool (if memory serves) explaining how men and women use their cell phones differently in public and concluded that the phone was used as a lekking device by the men. That is, like peacock feathers, the males used them as a means of attracting the opposite sex by showing off their importance (constant need to check for messages) or wealth (fancy phone).

They likened this, amusingly, to teenage girls who used their cellphones (and the phonebooks in them) to develop social status by showing how popular they are.

So perhaps these people we see at dinner tables using their cellphones are, in their minds at least, not being rude, but are trying to attract a mate or build their social network. Of course, the rest of us can still think it's rude.

b
post #28 of 48
It's inexcusable to talk on the phone while at the table with another diner. Ringers should be on silence during that time as well while dining.

The two above things should be absolute. I find it irritating and inconsiderate to fellow humans to be on a phone, amongst a group of strangers or acquaintances, and talk in a normal or loud voice.

I'm just afraid that we become more and more complacent with this type of behavior and that it just becomes the norm.
post #29 of 48
I keep my cellphone on silent all the time. I think all ring tones should be abolished on cellphones.
post #30 of 48
I need to keep my cell phone on 24/7 to be available for work, I can't keep it on silent either.
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