Everyone and their grandma has a cell phone now. Soon, newborns will have cellphones too. But not yet. So as of now, we still can use some etiquette. Here are my top cell-phone aggravations.
Calls after midnight
Why do so many people think that because I have a phone I have to be a 1800 hotline? Right, you’re bored and too awake after all those coffees. Maybe life is kinda hard, I know, me too. But… I don’t care that much, it can wait. LET ME SLEEP! Zzzzzz..
If you get no answer from me, please wait… say, 5 minutes before redialing again. Really, it sounds like you’re dying in a giant vat of sardines if you immediately call again. But wait, are you dying? If so, call the police first. With your cell phone? Technology is so splendid – it’s like butter!
Are you Talking to One Person or 37?
We all see this, the loud talkers in the grocery line. Gesticulating wildly and bobbing their head. People talk much louder than needed, as cell phones are sensitive enough to record whispers. It may be psychology though, people somewhat inflate themselves(they may be trying to impress the girl nearby).
Calling me with your Number Blocked, or Using Incoming-Number tricks
Tricks are for kids, people. Why should I answer an unknown caller, or someone trying to confuse me by calling me with my own number(it’s an iPhone app that does it). Oh it’s so funny, so I’ll give you extra time to laugh it off while I do something else.
Turning on your Speaker-Phone
Yes, turn it off 99% of the time, because it sounds a lot worse. It’s usually a bit rude too. If you need to eat lunch and talk too, talk to yourself a little. In that time, just plan ahead what you’ll tell me before calling.
Sending Useless Voice Mails
“Hey why’s your phone off duuude?”, “Call me back”, and “Shoot! Phones ALWAYS OFF” are not substantive voice mails. Favor text messages over voice mail. Voice mail is awkward, well most of the time. People always sound like they’re digesting frogs and wasabi. Can a simple text suffice? If so, please. Please do that.
Not Hanging up once you hear the voice-mail lady, with no intention of leaving VM
Do you think this ONE time she will say you just won a trip to Hawaii? I don’t get it.
OK, I know you it is hard to digest that you weren’t answered, really. But if you don’t want to leave a message, hang up!
OK – I’ll admit I’ve been guilty of these things too, and my demands are tough(I sometimes recall quickly too). But the thing is – everyone has a cell now and it’d be great if we could agree on cell-etiquette. Even kids now have baby-phones! Best of luck to you, and happy ringing!