Cell Phone Miscellany
[Nothing in this post should be interpreted as support for the various proposed bans on the use of cell phones, hand held or other, while driving. Frankly, some of us would like to amend the Constitution, or at least see a Supreme Court ruling, forever guaranteeing the use of cell phones while carrying on the otherwise unproductive activity of driving.]
It’s not quite as anachronistic as a horse and buggy. But I still do a double take upon seeing a driver talking on a cell phone without an ear piece, blue or any other colored tooth. They’re so handy! Why doesn’t everyone use them? Though granted, some of us take it a little too far, wearing them even when not on a call so as to make up for the long, long years without one.
And, of course, the double take becomes a stare of alarm when it’s someone carrying on their conversation as they navigate across an intersection in an attention deprived condition, two hands doing tasks intended for at least three, leaving the thoroughfare where traffic is coming in four directions to the parking lot where it’s coming from all directions. As one hastily waves the multitasking driver across one’s bow in the interest of everyone’s safety, unbidden comes the thought, “There ought to be a law”, followed quickly by a flash lecture from one’s small government conscience: “We cannot save everyone from themselves”.
As for cell phone ethiquette in public. It is considered rude to talk on your cell phone when you’re in a face to face service situation – ordering food, paying a bill, inside a bank at a teller window. Some establishments have even posted signs requesting that their customers not carry on cell phone conversations while ordering or transacting.
I agree it’s rude and I refrain from doing it. My question is, why? Why is it considered rude?