Lily wrote:Unfortunately, people who yack on these yell phones are driving, grocery shopping, text messaging while watching movies in a public place, blathering on the bus, walking down the street, you name it.
Yelling into your cell phone when the people around you aren't yelling is rude. And staying on the phone while you're checking out/ordering a drink/whatever is over the top. Grow some fucking manners, already!
But when people talk on their cell phones at conversational volume, even in a restaurant, it doesn't bother me a bit. If I have the good fortune to have a companion at lunch, why should I begrudge someone else a little human contact via phone?
If you keep it as quiet as your surroundings, and ditch the phone during face-to-face interaction, I don't give a fuck if you have that phone glued to your ear all day.
I'm not a big cell phone fan, by any means. I was a late adopter, only succumbing when my mom was in the hospital for the second-to-final time so I could get The Call. I've never even come close to using up my minutes. And I know that rude cell-phone abusers abound. But I think knee-jerk negative reactions to cell phones are tired-ass bullshit.