Cell Phone Courtesy Or The Lack Of It?
Cell phone courtesy or the lack of it is an ongoing problem. I often hear complaints concerning the manners and courtesy of the younger generation. Personally, I have found that there are many courteous people exhibiting excellent manners in all age groups. Likewise, there are some discourteous, rude people in every age group.
Today’s experience was an example of extremely poor cellphone manners. While eating our breakfast in a hotel dining area several tables over was an older man also eating his breakfast. While eating he was speaking very loudly into his cell phone. Apparently he’s a traveling shoe salesman and was discussing business. He had no regard for other patrons in the dining area. He made no attempts to consider how his conversation may have been bothering everyone else in the room.
The Husband calmly looked at me and said, “I’ll be right back. I’m going to sit at that guy’s table and just start talking loudly about random subjects and see if he’ll get the point.” Even while I was laughing and saying, “oh no, you’re not!!” I was thinking that this was actually a very good idea. I was wondering if The Husband actually did that if the shoe salesman would get the point. If he would then realize how inconsiderate his actions were!
During our travels I’ve noticed that it’s the older generation most often exhibiting this rude cell phone behavior. Across the board they appear completely unaware that their conversations may be annoying others in their immediate vicinity while in public spaces. The younger generation all text as opposed to phone conversations.
In this example of cellphone etiquette, it is the younger set exhibiting the best manners. They are able to execute their conversation but without annoying everyone within a 25 yard radius. Let’s all take a lesson from them. If you must communicate while in public spaces do it by text. If you are not able to text then the polite thing to do would be to pick up your phone and remove yourself to a more private area. Someplace where your conversation won’t be heard by everyone and won’t annoy others. If that isn’t possible, then explain to your caller that you will call them back and terminate the call. It’s just common courtesy. Something that seems, unfortunately, to be a little uncommon.
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