Touchy topic today because I am as guilty as the next guy, but still often feel like a victim.
Cell phones are everywhere and while most users think they have good mobile manners, more and more people indicate they are irritated and annoyed by the use of cell phones in public places.
One piece I read suggested we need to really pay attention to others whenever we put our mobile devices to our ears.
Loutish cell use is out of control one person wrote. Mobile phones now ring at weddings, funerals, job interviews, surgical procedures and during Broadway shows.
As bad as those examples are the most grievous form of cell phone bad etiquette is when someone is just plain rude in the use of their phone in your presence.
Recently this rudeness was given a name and a group has been started to stop – Phubbing.
Phubbing is the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone rather than paying attention to them.
The Phubbing name came from someone in a pub with one other person (maybe even a date) paying more attention to their phone than the other person.
There now exists a “Stop Phubbing” campaign!
Cell phones and rude behavior are becoming pretty closely aligned.
Airplanes prior to the “turn off your mobile devices” command are rampant with loud talkers who don’t seem to notice the people around them who cannot help but hear them.
One of my pet peeves is the golf course. I take my phone, but try hard to turn the ringer down and never have an extended conversation.
All too often playing partners take calls on the golf course and simply stop playing to dispatch their business. When it is suggested this was rude to the rest of us they usually say something like “I have to make a living.”
Made me wonder if that was true – what was he doing on the golf course in the middle of the afternoon?
Like I said at the outset – I am as guilty as the next guy. But, I am trying to stop being rude when comes to my cell phone and I hope others might give this concern some consideration as well.
I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about.