Annoying cell phone behavior and the rage against it

Cell Phone Use in Movie Theater

Bad Cell Phone Behavior [Image By: Holy Taco]

Recently, a theatergoer in NYC, Kevin Williamson snatched the cell phone of a loud and disruptive audience member, and threw it across the room when she refused to stop using it. Kevin’s impromptu and daredevil reaction not only left everyone amused but also threw light on the great annoyance cell phones create.

How many of us would have done the same in a similar situation is a confession too crude to make. But there is no denying that using cell phones excessively in a theatre, movie hall, live performances, hallways, and even workplaces is indeed annoying.

Incessantly talking on the phone at gatherings, over-indulging in texting, and gaming at social events are some examples of bizarre cell phone behavior that need reconsideration.

Top five irritating cell phone behavior

According to a Microsoft study, “Mobile Manners and Mayhem”, checking one’s cell phone frequently is the top most pet peeve chosen by 44% respondents in a poll. This is followed by loud talking (41%), not keeping the phone on silent mode when required (40%), using phones during face-to-face conversations (39%), and delaying traffic due to cell phone use (35%).

Other inappropriate cell phone behavior mentioned in the poll include – texting while walking, sending last minute texts to change a plan, getting pocket-dialed, texting others in the same room.

Use of smartphones at workplace and in public places

Audience Engaged With Their Cell Phones

All the world’s a cell phone addict [Image By: Martin Taylor]

A 2012 Google survey revealed that 71% of the respondents used smartphones at their workplace for browsing, social networking, or watching videos which take away approximately 20 minutes from their work hours. According to Robert Half Technology survey of Chief Information Officers in New York, there has been a whopping rise of 51 percent in mobile device etiquette breaches in last three years. Overall, 68 percent of Americans demonstrate poor cell phone manners once every day, as reported by PR Newswire.

Use of cell phones in live events not only disturbs everyone, but also robs you the thrill of totally immersing in the show.

Not just the audience but several artists too, have voiced their displeasure at excessive use of cell phones during musical shows. “I would never turn on a cell phone at any musical event,” said Roger Waters, former bassist and vocalist for Pink Floyd, to the BBC. “How could I possibly truly experience the thing I’d paid to see and hear, if I was fiddling with an iPhone, filming or twittering or chatting or whatever?” Recently, bands like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Savages, and Prince, too, have protested against the rampant use of phones and cameras in their shows.

Good etiquettes are never a passé

Humorous No Cell Phone Sign

A witty way to prevent cell phones in theaters [Image by: Mark Wallace]

The next time you are watching a movie, attending a meeting, checking upon a friend, or connecting with family, observe a few basic cell phone etiquettes.

  1. Do not text while talking to a person in front of you. It is grossly insulting to the person if you are more interested in looking at your cell phone. If a text or sending an e-mail is indispensable, excuse yourself from the conversation first.
  2. It is advisable to keep a private conversation private by not indulging in loud talking. Keep a distance of at least three meters between you and others while on a call.
  3. Turn off your phone or keep it on silent when being asked specifically. Comply with No Cell Phone Signs earnestly.
  4. Do not multitask and avoid texting or talking on the phone while driving, shopping, banking or any other activity you are preoccupied with.
  5. Do not keep checking your phone for messages and time in theaters and movie halls. Even the phone’s glare can be distracting. It is recommended to keep your phone switched off during the show.

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