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Cell Phone Etiquette Tips For the Modern Age

Updated on May 30, 2016

Cell Phone Etiquette

The invention of the cell phone was a tremendous advancement. Now, everyone everywhere can have access to communication if they need it, especially in emergencies.

Except, the idea of “emergency” has changed. An emergency used to mean a call to the police or to 911. Now, just about every cell phone call is an emergency.

The rise of cell phones came on so quickly and spread so pervasively, that society hasn’t had time to really make up rules for use.

I have. I have made some rules to save our manners. Should anyone ever question the civility of humanity, you’ll have no doubt about our elevated status in the animal kingdom.

© C. Calhoun 2012. All rights reserved.

Follow these simple rules for talking on your phone.
Follow these simple rules for talking on your phone. | Source
That's me talking on the phone: in private and no one's around.
That's me talking on the phone: in private and no one's around. | Source

Rule #1: Talking on your cell phone in public must be short and G-rated.

The scenario: a guy walks into the grocery store and forgets his shopping list. Realizing this, he calls his girlfriend. It’s an emergency.

“Hey, Baby. Do we need milk?”

“Yes, and eggs,” comes the reply.

The conversation could end there.

It doesn’t end there, though. The emergency continues. “I miss you,” he says back.

“Oh, I love you and I miss you, too,” she replies.

“Do you know what I want to do when I get home?”

Meanwhile, all the shoppers in aisle 7 raise their eyebrows. This conversation could go in hundreds of directions. But, grandma with her two grandchildren thinks it’s getting to be a “rated R” conversation. She quickly grabs her box of grits and rolls off with her cart, quickly dragging the kids.

Biker-dude pretends to stare at a box of cereal. He might be able to learn a thing or two from the guy on the phone.

Teenage Nellie pretends not to listen, though she finds Cell Phone Guy quite attractive and wishes this conversation was with her, except not in public.

Cell Phone Guy must think that he’s having a private conversation. He’s not. Everyone can hear every word he’s saying. He obviously doesn’t believe it, though. He doesn’t even notice his mother standing around the corner pretending he’s not her son.

  • When talking in public, please keep the conversation short and G-rated. You never know who is listening, because everyone is.

If you're going to talk on the phone in public, keep it short and keep it rated G.
If you're going to talk on the phone in public, keep it short and keep it rated G. | Source

Rule #2: When You Need to Interact With a Human, End the Call

Back at the grocery store, Cell Phone Guy has carried on his conversation. All the shoppers in aisle 7 know the intimate details of his life. Sadly, this is way too much information for everyone to bear. Their skin crawls with details of some stranger’s personal life.

Cell Phone Guy is oblivious. He’s still talking when he gets to the express checkout lane.

“So, did you ask them about Friday night? Are Brenda and Shawn coming to the party?”

He waits for the response. So do the people who are also in line at the checkout.

“Great, so we’re going to the bowling alley? Which one? Is it B.Y.O.B.?”

He listens again.

“Really? That dump over on 21st Street? I hate that bowling alley. Oh well, I did get some extra beverages for the occasion.”

Cell Phone Guy steps up to the checkout counter – it’s his turn. He puts his items next to the scanner and the patient grocery clerk begins to ring him up. He grabbed some tomatoes that don’t have a SKU number on them.

“Excuse me, sir,” the employee asks, “but are these organic or regular tomatoes?”

Cell Phone Guy is so busy in la-la land with his girlfriend, he doesn’t hear the grocery clerk. She rings him up for organic tomatoes, even if they were the conventional variety. Why? He was talking on his phone and wouldn’t answer the question, leaving her no choice.

Cell Phone Guy hands the employee $40. She gives him $10 in change. It actually should have been $12, but she was in a hurry to get this sappy conversationalist and his drippy sentiments out of there. He wasn’t paying attention either, so Sir Talks-A-Lot doesn’t notice he was shortchanged.

After Cell Phone Guy leaves, the woman in line behind him said to the cashier, “I own that bowling alley. Now, when I see that guy, I’ll know that he has a girlfriend, he drinks a lot, and that he hates my bowling alley. Would I be justified in not being very friendly to him when he arrives on Friday night?”

The other guy in line took notes, too. Now he knows he can go to the bowling alley over on 21st Street on Friday night and possibly score some free beer. He knows what the kid looks like, and Cell Phone Guy obviously doesn’t care about getting correct change. This could work in his favor!

  • When you need to interact with other humans, end the conversation, lest people all around you find out about everything you’re doing that weekend . You never know who might be in the checkout lane with you. Not only that, you might save a buck or two. Lastly, it’s incredibly impolite to talk to someone else when you’re supposed to be interacting with the person in front of you.

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Rule #3: When Riding On a Bus Or In a Car, Utilize the Text Feature On Your Phone (But Not If You’re Driving).

Little Sally was riding in the van with her grandfather, uncle, aunt, and a couple of cousins. She was in college and had recently started dating the guy of her dreams. Sadly, they are on summer break and she returned home for the summer – three hours away.

They weren’t talking to each other on that van ride, thankfully. They started texting each other. Normally, this would be just the thing to do. No one has to hear pieces of conversation that would make anyone’s hair stand on end.

But, Sally didn’t turn the chime off that alerts her when she has a text. The chime was a tiny portion of her favorite Dixie Chicks song. Every time her new beau sent a text, the same five words played over and over: “I’m not gonna play nice.”

She didn’t notice the smoke coming out of her grandfather’s ears. Her uncle and aunt squirmed uncomfortably while the rest of the cousins were too young to really care – they were blissfully ignorant. Everyone had heard these words 40+ times. Furthermore, they were trying to concentrate on the beautiful drive, not the “birds and the bees.”

Finally, her grandfather had it. He ended up yelling at her, telling her that she had better silence her phone or he was going to throw it out the window.

If only we could say that to all people who bother us with their cell phone transgressions.

  • For everyone’s sanity, though, if you’re going to be texting with people around you, silence your phone. It will still light up when you receive a text. Besides, if you’re that in love and that anxious to get a text, chances are you’ll be staring at the thing before the text even comes in.

Here's my quick sketch of a cowboy holding a phone...instead of a gun.
Here's my quick sketch of a cowboy holding a phone...instead of a gun. | Source

Rule #4: Talking On the Phone While Driving May Be Dangerous To Your Health

How many times have you been driving and someone callously cuts you off, doesn’t signal and realizes the light has changed and slams on the brakes? Chances are it’s because that person is gabbing on the phone.

That just makes my day. If this were a Western-style movie, I’d get off my horse (car), and challenge my opponent to a duel. Alas, these are more civilized times.

Think about something. How many of us have operated heavy machinery? Think about driving around a backhoe and trying to maneuver it. Certainly you need both hands and lots of concentration. Now, try to talk on a phone while doing that. I don’t think your contractor will like it. You might end up scraping off the side of a mountain and pilling the dirt on yourself!

Think of your car as heavy machinery, because it really is. They often weigh several thousand pounds. You’re telling me that driving while talking on the phone is a good idea?

Before you think I’m preaching here, let me be the first to admit that I’m not a perfect paradigm of cell-phone correctness. I do my share of gabbing and often travel long distances. The temptation to call people is often too much.

Ahead of condemning me to the lowest depths of cell phone bigotry, I will tell you this: I keep it short and I go hands-free. Beyond that I pull over.

Yes, statistics show that even hands-free isn’t ideal. I do have to argue that if you’re one to cut people off while talking on the phone, you’ve probably driven down the road at 70 mph while applying mascara, eating a greasy burger and jamming to the Top 40 at 120 decibels. No amount of etiquette training and scare tactics will affect your attitude about multitasking while driving – that is until you crash. So sorry.

  • The bottom line is this: ideally, don’t talk on the phone while driving. If you simply must, try to go hands-free and keep it short. The best thing to do is pull over. Heaven forbid you try to text and drive, too. You would like to live to see another day, right?

That’s it. Four simple rules. Heed them wisely. You’ll be more civilized and go on living out your life, gabbing to the fullest.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was laughing all by myself, outloud, and loving every minute of this. Now if somebody will please pay attention to this hub and stop talking while driving I will be most appreciative. Thanks for the laugh, Cyndi...great hub!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      My granddaughter just started to drive I'm so hoping she won't text while driving.

      I hate the cell phones in the store if I'm not looking I always think someone is talking to me.

      Enjoyed your hub.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This should be the first text screen that pops up on every cell-phone user's call. I hasten to add "No need to shout." Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehehe, oh lordy, billy - as soon as I saw that this was the subject for the weekly topic inspiration, I was on it. :D I love hearing that people find this stuff funny. Great feeback. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      moonlake - hehe, I really don't like cell phones in the store, either. Can you tell? :) Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - haha, thanks for stopping by. That would be a great program for cell phones - mandatory reading upon turning on the phone. :D

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hilarious! I have often wished I had big cue cards that I could flash like a big cirlce with an X over a picture of a cell phone.

      I have sat in a Starbucks and heard lots of bits of conversations:0 Good way to get writing material even though it is annoying:) haha!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This is great! I can't stand the ones with the Bluetooth ear piece because I have actually answered a question they were asking someone on the phone. LOL Then I get a dirty look! Well, EXCUSE ME! LOL A Great Hub! Votes and shares!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Cyndi, I thoroughly enjoyed your hub from start to finish! I'm still smiling! You also managed to successfully hammer home a very important point: obey the distracted driver laws. Well done! Voted up and sharing :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great hub... here in Alberta it is now against the law to talk and text. Should be the same in some of the situations you mentioned.... some people just never get it. You would almost guess they want to be noticed... smiles

      Hugs

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I could a pet peeve here CC, Rule #5 Never talk on the cell phone while using the restroom!

      Thank you for the great Hub!

      Voted UP!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I have to agree with Curiad on that one!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Excellent Hub and good thoughts. Cell phones in public can be a nuisance.

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      Agreed, people forget that everyone can hear what is going on.

      I have a co-worker that will actually pull out her crackberry and call someone while having a conversation with me! I feel like the queen has magically dismissed me without verbally saying so. That to me is poor etiquette and just flat out rude.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is common sense personified however, most people don't always get it. I completely agree, especially about talking and driving, that's just stupid. Great hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      RealHousewife - I, too, have gleaned plenty of writing material from listening to cell phone conversations. If I park at a coffeeshop with a notebook, I'll have the page filled in 20 minutes! Hehe. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      sholland10 - hehe, maybe I'll add that to this hub at a later point. You're right. Do you know how many people I have been freaked out by, thinking they were talking to themselves? Haha! Thanks for the votes and shares!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cloverleaf - hehe - this whole cell phone thing has been driving me crazy for more than a few years now. I'm so glad I've found an outlet for it here on HP. :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Rolly - can we ship the mayor of your town down here to create the same laws - please? Hehe, thanks so much for stopping by. Always great to see you.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Curiad - your comment made me laugh! You're absolutely right! Ew, can you imagine if the phone fell in? I shudder to think....

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cloverleaf - hmm, I might have to think about adding Curiad's suggestion. I'll have to fish up some examples, but I've got plenty abuzz in my head. Haha.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      adjkp25 - hehe, "crackberry" - I love it. I couldn't agree more! Then to call someone in front of you? Just wait until you try that on her. :) I agree though - it's completely rude.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Patty Inglish - thank you so much for stopping by. Cell phones have driven me so crazy and for so long that when I saw the weekly topic inspiration, I knew I HAD to jump on this one.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Alecia - right there with you. Some people just don't get it. Man, I would LOVE to take their phones out of their hands and...turn them off...very nicely. (Yeah, right.) Hehe.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Love your etiquette guidelines (plus the fun illustrations!!). Now... if only we could get people to adhere to them!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I agree, Simone. Maybe someone could create a "cell-phone etiquette institute" :D

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      alocsin's comment is great. I am not a fan of public cell phone conversations especially in stores and at events (basketball games, fairs, etc...have you forgotten why you're there?) unless the conversations are absolutely necessary. Love your tips and examples!

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      Great rules!! I have to agree with Curiad's comment: I hate when people talk on the phone in the bathroom. EW! So does Smokey Bones. In fact, in one of their bathroom stalls, they have a sign that says "When you're in the stall, hang up the call." :D

      Yesterday, Senior Citizens' day around here, I was in the grocery store, surrounded by slow moving senior citizens (nothing against them; just an observation). I couldn't believe how many of them were using cell phones while standing for what seemed for hours in front of every display I wanted to view! And what were the conversations? About where items were in the store!!! ARGH!

      Thanks for letting me vent. I loved this and will share!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Excellent etiquette tips! I am sure people totally forget everyone can hear what they are saying!

      A fun hub and I love your sketch!

      voting up, best wishes Lesley

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      cclitgirl,

      You have given important things to follow, but many people forget everything when their mobile phone rings. I have seen many people learn only after suffering from a loss while speaking on mobile phone.

      However, your Hub is useful for those who want to learn etiquette and manners. Voted up and shared.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said Cyndi.

      I see so many people use their cell phones in such irritating ways that I wish a phone come with a rule book of etiquette :)

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      randomcreative - I would LOVE it if all cell phones had an "etiquette" video that came on when you powered them "on". Thanks for coming by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ThePracticalMommy - aw, geez, I go nuts when anyone and everyone are in front of the places I need to get food at the grocery store in general. Hehehe. Being rather introverted, I'd rather wait than say "excuse me". I'm so glad you feel comfortable venting here. Come and vent anytime! :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Movie Master - hehe, thanks for stopping by! Great comment - I think people zone out and completely forget how loud they really are. Thanks for the kudos.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jainismus - I think people "zone out" and indeed forget that the rest of the world carries on as they talk into their phones. Great comments - thank you for the feedback.

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      LiamBean 5 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      I love the humor in this. Voted up, awesome, and useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ruchira - I know! I liked alosin's comment - it should be required reading for all cell phone users. Hehe. Thanks for the votes and for sharing. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      LiamBean - thank you so much for coming by. I appreciate your feedback. I love using humor in otherwise "boring" topics - grammar, etiquette and the like. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, entertaining and useful. Spreads awareness of how to use cell phones. Enjoyed reading all scenarios and had a great laugh. Voted up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - Thanks for your feedback. People need lessons in cell phone etiquette for sure! I might even have to add more scenarios to this hub. Thanks for the votes, too.

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      You touched on some interesting points here.

      A young lady on her cellphone almost ran me off the road once. She was too busy talking that she obviously didn't realise she had changed lanes. Thank God I reacted quickly unto the curb. I was so shaken. The funny thing is, she didn't even stop to say sorry.

      Great hub. Voted Up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ComfortB - a similar thing happened to me! This lady swerved into my lane - I thought I was done for because there were light poles to my right all over the place. Luckily, my loud beeping horn made her swerve back, but she just went right on, talking on the phone. Thanks for stopping by, and for the votes - I appreciate your feedback.

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      Paul Bisquera 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      No. 3 is so right cclitgirl! I ride on the train to Los Angeles downtown and people talk so loud on the phone. Some people talk about their personal lives for everyone to hear that its embarrassing! People, you have text, that is the time to use it! Oh and for the ones that want to talk about a brother or cousin that's in prison, I don't need to know about that! Great HUB!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Paul - I'm so sorry that your train rides are riddled with loud cell phone users - no fun! At least you might have some fodder for writing...maybe. :) Thanks for reading and for the great feedback.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Not only do I agree 100% with your etiquette tips for cell phones, I thoroughly enjoyed your sample conversations and scenarios. Very funny and kept me engaged through the entire hub. Great illustrations too! Awesome hub. Steph

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      stephhicks68 - I appreciate your feedback. It's always great to see you! Cell phones are wonderful, but they can drive me absolutely batty. :) Thank you so much for the compliments. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great hub topic and one that should be given out at Driver's Ed class and cell phone stores to new users. Enjoyed your humor in the hub and your suggestions are tops!

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      Jen Womeldorf 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks for a great hub!! Excellent examples, too. We seem truly tied to our technology now, but it wasn't long ago that cell phones were a thing of the future and we simply waited until we got home to have these "important" conversations.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches12345 - thanks so much for stopping by! You have such insightful comments and I appreciate your great feedback. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jen - thank you so much for your feedback. I, too, love my technology. I haven't become "attached," but I am close, haha. I used to wait until I got home...until I got a cell phone and got rid of the landline. But, you're right - it wasn't that long ago.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice hub and full of stuff I have no ideas about, since I don't own one. But, I observe and agree with much of what you pointed out. Especially the influence of phone guy in the grocery isle. I wondered if we need parental control for listening to cell conversations. Good point cclitgirl. One I am going to ask some friends about who have teens with phones.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Great information here. Unfortunately, the people who need to read it probably won't. My biggest cell phone pet peeves are the driving (Most times when I see a particularly bad driver, I can almost guarantee that they are on the phone. - I even saw an accident where a girl was texting and didn't see the car in front of her was stopped at a light.) I once heard someone give out their social security number at the grocery store. Another peeve is when people use a cell phone in the public bathroom.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      tsmog - I held out for a long time with the cell phone craze. But then I moved to the country and phone lines don't exist out there...and I had to get a cell phone to at least keep in touch with friends and family. :) In any case, thanks for your feedback - you have some valuable insights.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      The cell phone in the bathroom thing is crazy, isn't it? I always have to wonder what would the person do if it "fell in". Hehe. I think people just don't realize what they're doing - at least I hope that's what it is.

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      This should be handed out with a cell phone purchase! My favorite is the guy who talks on the cell phone while at the urinal in the men's room!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Budman610 - ew, ew, ew, ew! I know!! I have heard SO MANY people talking on phones while they're in public restrooms. I might have to add that to this, just as a *special case*. My first thought always is: what if it falls in? Then my second thought is: do you have any idea what sorts of microscopic matter you're getting on your phone? I'm shuddering right now, hehe. Thanks for stopping by!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      I hate to be pessimistic here, but with all the new technology that keeps exploding in the cell phone industry, I believe people will become even more obsessed with their phones and that rude behavior will escalate even further. I wonder how many people use Skype and other similar technology in the restroom without thinking twice? Voted up and awesome!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      HubTub - I can relate to that pessimism. :) I mean, who is really going to read some rules of etiquette for cell phones? That's where we come in: those among us that know how to act and by example, maybe others could pick up on some good behavior. At least I hope so. Hehe. Thanks so much for your feedback. I appreciate the votes.

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      Budman610 5 years ago from Ohio

      Hahaahha! True HubTub! I would probably just blindly sign it like everything else they hand me!

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      trainer ben gamon 5 years ago

      OMG! that was hilarious!! amazing hub, i wish more people followed your cellphone etiquette. A rude girl at my gym actually inspired to write this hub as well:

      http://trainerbengamon.hubpages.com/hub/Gym-etique...

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Budman610 - HubTub's comment was awesome. :D I'd sign, too, and then hope like crazy there wasn't some sort of quiz later on. Uh-oh.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      trainer ben - thanks for stopping by. I'll "hop" over and take a look. I'm glad this made you chuckle. :D

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      Samad Aslam Khan 5 years ago

      Very nice topic you picked and I loved it. Mobile Phone usage was taking the look of some abuse and there was some great need of etiquette for mobile phone usage. How can I contact you so I may get permission to print this for public awareness?

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      admadaslam - thank you so much for your insights. Haha, one person said that when people "power on" their phones, this should be required reading. :D Alas, getting the people to read this who don't care...well, let's just hope enough of us use our phones responsibly to help others along.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      That's nice info..Thanks

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      htodd - thank you for your comment and for stopping by. Best wishes, CC.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Awesome, awesome! So funny and true and I'm glad you wrote this up because it's gotta be said! :-) I try my best to have cell phone etiquette but sometimes it just doesn't work out. I hate being the jerk holding up the line on my cell phone though so each morning I say, note to self, don't be the jerk in the line at Walmart today and that keeps me focused. lol Good job

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      emilybee - thank you so much for your comments. Hehe, I AM SURE you would NEVER have bad cell phone etiquette. But, I admit, I make lots of "notes to self" to keep myself "in line". ha! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      DearBandit 5 years ago

      I am happy you made this blog, I will be showing some people this. It makes me want to print it off and post it around the city.

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      xlorna 5 years ago from Western, MA

      Yes! I worked as a cashier for 5 years, and would get so frustrated when someone came through talking on their phone. I'm a person too! My favorite was when i'd ask a question and they'd apologize to THE PERSON ON THE PHONE. Are you kidding me?!

      Great hub! I wish people would follow these rules.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      DearBandit - thank you for your kind words. Feel free to show to anyone who needs an etiquette refresher this hub - I know some people that I would like to tape these rules to their foreheads, if just to make them read. Hehehe. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      xlorna - I haven't been a cashier per se, but I worked in customer service as a bookseller for years. Even in the bookstore people would make purchases and order coffee with half and half and part skim with two shots of espresso and two pumps of flavoring - all the while talking on the phone. Oy vey. I feel your pain. :D

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I love this hub! I hate when people talk on the phone around others. A friend of mine used to manage a fast food restaurant and he put a cell phone jammer behind the drive through sign to force people off the phone when they pulled up to order. Voted awesome and up!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've met every single one of these people! I hate it when I see a car going really slow and drifting out of the lane, and of course they're on a cell phone.

      I have another rule for you: If you're teaching at a university, don't forget to turn off your ringer. Either that, or change it to something a bit more professional than "It's Raining Men" - trust me, it's embarrassing. Been there; done that. Wanted to sink through the floor . . .

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Natashalh - cell phone jammer? Wow! Hehe, I could really wreak havoc with one of those things. I wonder if that's legal, but whatever the case, he sure got the point across. That's an awesome story. :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Marcy - hehe. Thanks for coming by. I once had a friend with "I'm Singing in the Rain" sound off right really loudly in the middle of Spanish class, and we were having this discussion on civil rights and the professor was doing her lecture. Oh man, that girl's face turned so red, she NEVER forgot to turn her cell phone off again! Hehe

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      Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

      in our country, we avoid talking while driving especially when the windows are open because the phone is likely to be snatched away by street boys. Thanks cclitgil for the hub

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      This hub was both fun and useful. Well done!

      It’s against the law in the UK to talk on the phone while driving. I’ve had a shop assistant talking on the phone - and clearly not a business call - when I wanted to buy something and she didn't get off. I left the shop.

      On the other hand, last year I’d got a new phone and thought I’d switched it to silent when I went to an author event. Needless to say, I’d got it wrong! That was embarrassing, especially since it was dark, I couldn’t work out even what to do and it kept on ringing.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Funny, funny and funny!!! The convenience of cell phones allows easy access to talk to anywhere at any time. You either have manners or you don't. Fantastic tips...hopefully someone will take a hint :)

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      giocatore 5 years ago

      Nice! Now, how to get the appropriate people to read it! Up and sharing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Gracenduta - I wish everyone would abide by the "avoid talking while driving" rule. What a good natural consequence - your phone could be snatched. Wow! That would keep me from talking for sure! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Melovy - I think we've all had those moments when our phones rang and we forgot to turn them off. That's forgivable. Now if someone had taken out their phone and talked when the phone was supposed to be off, I'm not above giving someone "the look" hehehe. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine - Hello, friend! Always great to see you. I agree - you either have manners or don't. I do hope some people will get the hint. :D Thanks for coming by!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      giocatore - hehe, that is the question: now how do we get people to read? Thank you so much for the votes and shares. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Uh, jaan...is this a cell phone number? Hmm?

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      Moobjam 5 years ago

      I wish people were more courteous when it comes to cell phone use. This hub must be shared with everyone.

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      Mmiller_89 5 years ago from Germany

      I always thought that people who talked on their phone at the cash register were rude. Now I know a lot of other people feel the same way. Thanks, really practical and well written hub. :-)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Moobjam- Aw, thank you so much for your comments. I just had to make this hub knowing that people need a little nudge sometimes, hehe. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mmiller_89 - I never had any idea how "cell-phone" use would strike a chord, but it has resonated with quite a few people. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind thoughts. Cheers!

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      Keith Schroeder 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Your should be taught in school. Another issue is texting at work. As an employer it is very annoying to see employees texting under their desk several times a day. It hurts carreer advancement and could cost your job. Want to impress the boss, turn the cell phone off at work.

      Driving while on the phone is illegal in some areas. New technology requires we adjust to the change in our environment. Some people want to be plugged in all the time. That is unhealthy whether driving or not.

      Your hub is top-notch, cclitgirl. Well though out and written.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Keith - thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I completely agree: turn off the cell phone at work. Besides, "work" generally has phones you can use anyways, if there's an emergency.

      Thank you for the compliments. You made my day! Cheers!

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      BustedBiologist 5 years ago

      Awesome hub - totally agree with these comments too! The other thing that drives me nuts is having lunch/dinner/coffee with a friend or coworker who leaves their phone out on the table and has to check it every time an email comes in. I've worked in some fast-paced environments, but I've never received an email that could't wait 5 minutes to be read!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      BB - thank you for stopping by. :) I'm right there with you on that one, too: why go out with someone if you're going to pay attention to your phone? I mean, you can always have a meeting with your phone, haha. It's even worse when the phone 'pings' every time it gets a text or email...it's like 'ping torture' or something. :P

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      ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      One incident I heard about, a man's phone went off in a Symphony Orchestra concert. Turn it off if it annoys others, or leave it on vibrate, and then leave the room to answer.

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      freemarketingnow 5 years ago from California

      I like Rule #4! I see people doing it at stoplights all the time! We need to keep our roads safe and accident-free.

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      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      People are becoming oblivious of their surroundings when they are in their "bubble" and on their phones. Even if they are with friends in a public place and not on the phone, conversations should stay G-Rated. I don't see why, as you put it, that all calls have become emergency calls! There is no need to pick up the phone every time it rings. That's why we have caller ID and voice mail.

      I loved this hub. Well written with some great laughs. Thanks.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ThePelton - the Symphony Orchestra? Did he answer it? Oh wow! Yes, I have a feeling that due to incidents like this, more and more places are going to be posting "requests" about turning phones to off or to vibrate.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      freemarketingnow - I agree 100%. What's worse is that people are trying to text while driving and that is even more dangerous than talking while driving. Eek!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jenniferg78 - with you there! I recently saw a newscast about cell phone use. They surmised that people are finally feeling "important and appreciated" and that causes them to throw their normal societal judgments out the door. I'm not sure if that's entirely the case; caller ID and voicemail were invented for a reason. I just hope people sort of "catch up" with the technology and understand how to act, too. Oy vey. Glad you had some laughs! Cheers!

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      FordeAhern 5 years ago from Broadford, Co. Limerick. ireland

      I am going to put my hand up and say I do text and talk while driving. I know its wrong sorry. Great hub, thank you. Voted up and funny and I am not driving at the moment.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      FordeAhern - well, at least you admit it. ;) Just please try not to - I don't want you hugging a tree unintentionally. Really glad you're not driving while reading and writing, too. That is a relief! Stay safe and avoid the squirrels. :)

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      buddyok 5 years ago

      Liked it, it's pretty funny actually.It would be great if people would pay attention to these simple rules and keep their private conversations private.But they..you can't have'em all...

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      cbpoet 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Excellent hub. I would also include; don't pull out cell phone when at fine dining establishments or movie theaters.

      I once had a friend I hadn't seen in years talk on the phone to her best buddy back home for almost the entire time we were together. I haven't invited her back for a second visit.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      cbpoet - thanks for stopping by. :) I like that, too: phones should be nowhere near fine dining or theaters. People pay good money not to have their experience marred by the jolting sound of a phone. I can't blame you, either, for not inviting your friend back. I think I would have had to do the same thing. Have a great day!

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for this hub! It all seems like common sense that most people ignore. I also think we need to think about the impact on our children. What is the message we are sending to them by constantly being on the phone, checking our messages, etc? That reminds me, I've got to go make breakfast!! ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      LauraGT - hey there! Thanks for stopping by! I completely agree. Yes, what sort of example are we setting when we're attached to the phone? Hehe, people sometimes actually get MAD at me because I often leave my cell phone in my car overnight just so I don't have to hear it. Hehe. It's a dumbphone, so I'm not that worried about it, either. ;)

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      babithababa 5 years ago

      This article is useful .Cell phone mania is ..yes it is a manmia of the humans on earth at this point of time .Why ?

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub. You don't know how many arguments I've heard as people have talked on their cell phones, or how many x-rated comments that were said it front of my kids...

      Those people need to read your hub =)

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Excellent hub about cell phone etiquette, it seems more and more people have zero politeness when it comes to answering the phone in public, hopefully people see this article.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      babithababa - hehe, yep, I think that's a good name for it: cell phone mania. If you catch it, you gotta get the cure: turn the phone off for 24 hours and see if you can. If you can, then you might well be on your way to recovery. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by, and cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      HawaiiHeart - aw, in front of the kids? Now that's sad. It's one thing if you're around adults, but when little guys enter the scene, then it's time to hang the phone up or immediately go somewhere else. Thanks for stopping by and commenting - I love your input. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      CZCZCZ - Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I agree, I had to write this because cell phone use gets out of hand sometimes! Oh, the glorious things that they are but can cause such headaches. In any case, thanks for your kind words and happy hubbing!

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      brandasaur 5 years ago from Planet X

      Super nice hub! This actually made smile and laugh. I can totally relate.. one of the things that also pisses me of are those people who uses his cellphone while talking to you. :/

      Voted up!

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      ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      As well as the theater or concert hall, you should put it on virate/silent in the Library, the Court and your Church, or house of worship.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      brandasaur - I completely agree! Cell Phone Guy does that. He does that all the time. It's a wonder he has friends. Haha! Thanks for stopping by. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ThePelton - you are absolutely correct - any place where you need some quiet and need to show respect, it should be silent for sure. School and work should be included here except for small breaks. :)

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      I hate the people that are trying to talk to somebody in person and then trying to carry on a conversation on the phone. People do not know how annoying that is when it comes to trying to interact with that particular person.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      mikeydcarroll67 - Oh, I had that happen to me today! I was talking with someone over lunch and they started talking on the phone. I just kept right on talking and looked over once or twice as if to say, "please hang up." She did! Yes! Score one for the team! :D Thanks for stopping by.

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from New Zealand

      A great hub CClitgirl.

      You never know when someone is listening in to your conversation.

      Personally I like my privacy and I'd keep the convo as short as possible and not reveal any information.

      One thing I find helps quite a bit, is if you know another language ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Claro que cuando sabes otro idioma...hehehe...yes, it helps to know another language - peoples' attention to your conversation will diminish quickly. :) But, you're right: you never know who is listening. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Keith James Kennedy 5 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      LOVE the hub, pardon the rhyme. I'd like to suggest a new rule: Turn off ringtone when in public and/or if you live with someone. I can't tell you how close I was to breaking my roommate's phone after a whole semester of the same song going off every 5 minutes from his needy girlfriend.

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      ThePelton 5 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      One other thing about the concert hall incident. He answered it AFTER the conductor stopped the music and he had about a thousand pairs of eyes glaring at him.

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      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      oh this is such a great Hub! Your first rule- rated G content is a must! I love all your examples. This should be inserted in every new cell phone you buy ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      KiethJK - ooh, I like that one! Same same song going every five minutes would drive me insane. I have had to do something with that phone once and for all. Hehe. Just kidding. But, I agree. If the phone is going every 5 minutes, at LEAST put the thing on vibrate.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ThePelton - I wonder if the embarrassment from the thousand pairs of eyes was enough to deter him for the next time. Hmm. Or was he oblivious. Yikes. The conductor stopped the music? That is impressive. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jenniferg78 - thank you for stopping by. :) Rated G is a must - you're right. You just never know who is listening. Haha, too bad rules of etiquette don't pop up on cell phone screens on power-up. That would be awesome!

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      ThePelton 4 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

      The conductor stopped the music, because the ringtone was as loud as, but not in key with, the music!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      ThePelton - wow! That's a great example to share. I hope that person learned a little bit about the right time to use a cell phone. :)

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      Hady Chahine 4 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      Nice job! Seriously, it is not that difficult to be respectful of others when talking on your cell phone in public places.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Hady - you are absolutely right. It's NOT that hard at all. I just have to wonder: does a segment of the brain turn off when the phone turns on? Hehe. Who knows. But, thank you so much for stopping by. :)

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I was needing a good laugh and found one here. I think you are right that a segment of the brain turns off when the phone turns on. Ha ha! Loved this! Sharing. Take care, Kelley

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, kelley - thanks for stopping by. :) Glad I could make you laugh. I'll secretly admit that I'm not the perfect cell phone citizen out there but I do like to keep things private, LOL. Thanks again ~ Cheers!

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      mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

      YES YES YES and YES! These are so simple that I do not understand how people do not understand them! I used to be a cashier and I still work in retail. My biggest biggest pet peeve is a person who is on their phone unless it is needed. I am okay with the person who is calling somebody to find out if this item or this item would be okay for the birthday present, but not okay with them having an adult conversation in a toy store of all places. Or just totally ignoring me when I am trying to help them... especially if they asked the question first or came to me for help! Grrr that just gets my blood boiling. Anyways, another great hub and some great advice to those who need to learn it!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      mythicalstorm - hehe, I SO UNDERSTAND. I used to work in retail and I just couldn't believe how people seemed to have NO CLUE that they were being so rude! Thanks so much for commenting on another of my hubs. I'll be over your way shortly. Hehe. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      buddyok - hehe, I was in a sarcastic mood when I wrote this. Indeed, I don't expect many people to pay attention, but I definitely felt better after writing this. ;)

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      Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Cell phones drive me totally crazy. I wish people appreciated the people in the room with them more than the people on the phone. Honestly, it is not even the calls that drive me crazy so much anymore. I can't stand all the stupid games people obsess over. Once and for all, people need to give up on fake farms. They don't really have cattle and the crops are not real. I wish people would give up on those games on their iPhones and socialize with actual people more. Great hub and voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jeannie - hehe, I agree. I have NEVER, EVER responded to requests for Cityville or Farmville. I live on a mini farm - what's the point? Hehe. And yes, interacting with REAL people instead of a voice on the phone is the way to go. Cell phones definitely have a place, but not in the line at the grocery store when everyone can hear the personal, tantalizing details of your life. Ugh. Thanks for stopping by! ;)

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      This is an excellent Hub and Im going to share it all over the place for years and years (ok, I DO tend to exaggerate). I wish more people would practice cell phone etiquette. I have a lady at work who walks INTO the restroom blabbing on her phone. I have been in the stall when she's done this and it makes me uncomfortable that I dont know who can hear me pee!!! And another you mentioned already is the x-rated conversations I overhear in stores. Oy =)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Ardie! Great to see you! Hehe, thanks for the shares. I'm with you - I totally get wigged out by public restrooms. I can't imagine already infringing upon my OWN privacy by talking on a phone in the bathroom. Plus, it echoes. Worse, have you ever heard the "thunk" of a phone being dropped in the toilet? Ohmigosh, I have and it was not good. Hehe. I didn't stop to help that person, either. I just ran out. Ha! I'm incorrigible. ;)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and practical hub. Voted up and shared:-)

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and practical hub. Voted up

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      My pet hate is cell phones which are on at work and ring loudly, lengthily and persistently from someone's handback/deskdrawer whilst they're not even in the office.

      All good points in this hub.

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      SweetbeariesArt 4 years ago from California

      Walk aside of a building and away from people when you need to make a cell phone call. I try to limit the number as well because honestly you probably can say whatever you have to say, and say it in a more meaningful way when you see someone in person.

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      Melanie 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      My pet peeve are people who talk on the phone in such a way it's like they WANT other people around to know what's going on in their life!

      "I'm just having the biggest problem. I make so much money that I just run out of things to spend it on. Yeah, I don't know, Bob. I just keep telling them to just put the money on my big money pile."

      Congrats on hub of the day! This is totally an awesome fantabulous hub (yeah, I did it. I made up a word.) Totally well-deserved. :P

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      it was a really useful hub, indeed you reminded us of the the precaution we should keep while operating moblie

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Congrats on the HOTD! You definitely deserve it. I find myself laughing so loud about your stories here. Those people who are doing these scenarios should read this hub. Awesome! Shared in FB.

      BTW, I don´t like to be invited in a party where most of the guests are holding their cell phones texting instead of talking to each other. It stinks!! I don´t stay long on that party. What´s the use? " It´s a bad manner guys"...to those who don´t know.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Congrats on HOTD! This is a fantastic hub! Love it! Voted up and Shared! Kelley

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Woohoo CC !!! Congrats on your HOTD. As a smartphone addict I could use some of these etiquette tips. One day. Not yet. Way to go! :)

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      Healing Herbalist 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Congrats on getting HOTD. May I add one...if you are at someone's house visiting, don't answer your phone. You are there to visit them, not text. To me, it is rude when my in-laws are sitting down to eat dinner with us, and the phone beeps that they have a text. They feel compelled to check it between bites. OMG, really? I find this so rude.

      My house is now a no cell phone zone!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on HOTD! Great Hub! People are becoming slaves to their cell phones! My biggest pet peeve is when I go to dinner with a friend, and they answer their cell. I just sit there patiently waiting for them to hang up! I think that is so rude.

      I voted this UP, etc.etc. and will share.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub! It made me laugh, but I completely agree with all of your points.. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day - it's well deserved!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations on another beautiful hub and a well-deserved Hub of the Day!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Just popped back to say congrats on HOTD!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Great rules and a well-deserved hub of the day. Congrats!

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      iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

      Wow, you have many followers!!! You should, you are a great writer!

      I so agree with you on many things here! I used to wait on people who were always on cell phones and ignored us! It was so rude!

      I like your examples...so great!

      Brilliant piece that deserved the hub of the day!!!

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congrats Cyndi on a well deserved HOTD. I have met most of the types in your hub. My other pet peeve is people who can't take the time to watch their kids sporting events by staying off the phone. Kids love to know that you value them enough by watching them. It is a sad world when we ignore even our kids achievements to focus on phone conversations that can clearly wait! Voted up and shared!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Hello again. I wasn't surprised to see you've been awarded the HOTD. You deserve it for such an interesting hub. Congrats!

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great hub and congrats on hub of the day! Just the other day I was at a waiting room and there was a middle aged women who was hammering away on her cell phone. The problem was, it made an annoying 'beep' every time she pushed a button! I couldn't understand why she would continue to be annoying to a group of 20-25 waiting people. Oh well, I guess she needs to read your hub!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great tips on etiquette with a dash of humor. Congratulations on a well deserved hub of the day!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Useful and informative.

      Congrats for well deserved HOTD!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I would just like to give you a big ol' amen on all these cell phone etiquette tips. Just the other day a friend of the family came over to swim at my parent's pool. She had a 4 year old son to watch but instead her eyes and ears were glued to her cell phone. Drove me crazy!! How I wish everyone would read this hub and adhere to your tips! Congrats on your hub of the day!!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You go, girl! So true, so true. Congrats on Hub of the Day! You deserve it with this hub. Great layout and info! Love your sense of humor!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Congrats on a great hub of the day!!!! Yes! Agree, agree, agree....oh why don't people get it? Perhaps after this important Hub, they will! Many thanks.

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Excellent points to keep in mind. If it annoys you, it may annoy others too hence keep yourself in check everyone! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Congrats on the HOTD!! Seriously great article and very insightful. I was grocery shopping before going away recently and there was a woman on her cell phone while shopping telling every last detail of her life including how she hurt her hand and was wheeling the cart with only one hand while talking. True story and couldn't make this one up if I tried. I remember just thinking seriously put the damn phone down if you already are minus a hand and just get your grocery shopping done. So I totally agree with you about Rule #1 after living through that recent experience. Voted up and shared too!!

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      securityproducts3 4 years ago

      Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Cyndi, great hub. I was once on a bus when a teenager (maybe 18 or 19) was on her mobile on a more or less silent bus. She talked about her girlfriends' sex lives and of a new girl in the gang possibly being gay. She said the girl's name and spoke the whole time really loudly completely unaware that we had no choice but to eavesdrop on her conversation - it was so embarrassing, little grannies were tutting and sighing and I was doing my best not to laugh out loud - what a twonk!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      These should be posted for all to see. It is amazing the crazy things people do with cells. Using texting in close quarters is so the thing to do. It is amazing when I am on the elevator and someone beside me is talking loudly on their phone.

      This is well done...so glad you shared this with us.

      Congratulations on hub of the day, too. :)

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      miss_jkim 4 years ago

      Finally, something in writing on the subject! Great Hub, helpful, funny and interesting. Voted up.

      Excuse me, my cell phone is ringing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      dghbrh - oh thank you. Hehe, I appreciate you comin' by. Cheers!

      Nettlemere - Oh, yes, incessant ringing of the cell phone is like dinging torture. Couldn't agree more! Thanks for commenting ~ Cheers!

      SweetbeariesArt - So true! I mean, we existed for a LONG time before cell phones ever did. Person-to-person conversation is always so much better. :) Cheers

      Melbel - Oh, yes, the "Whoa is me" ploy. I've heard of it AND heard it. It just makes me want to go running the other way...even if I did want to help. It's so passive-aggressive. Sheesh. :) Thank you for comin' by. It's always great to see you. Fantabulous!

      Shalini sharan - oh yes, I almost think we all should be required to have a little bit of etiquette lessons before ever turning the phone on. :)

      Thelma - Hehe, thanks so much! I'm with you there. If a party is going to have people texting, why don't we just call it a texting party? I'm sure SO MANY people would want to come! :P Thanks so much for your comments. Cheers!

      Kelley - aw, thanks for comin' by!! I appreciate you and thank you so much for your kind words. Hubhugs!

      Sunshine - haha, you are too funny! :D You always bring a smile to my days and keep on keepin' on with that smartphone. ;) Hubhugs!

      Cloverleaf - I love it! No cell use in the house! My house naturally makes me do that. I have a metal roof, so you either have to step outside or stand on your tiptoes in one tiny corner of the house or you won't get a signal. Hehe. It keeps me from being an addict for sure! :D

      Mary - you're sooo right! Oh, that makes me crazy when someone answers their cell phone in the middle of a conversation - over food, no less! I'm thinking of the bacteria on the phone, the conversation I don't want to hear...ugh. You're absolutely right! ;)

      Savingkathy - hehe, thank you so much for your kind words and comments. Have a wonderful day! Cheers!

      Melovy - aww, thank you so much. It's always great to see you! Hubhugs!

      DeborahNeyens - hello there! Great to see you. Thanks for stopping by and for your support. You're terrific! Hubhugs!

      Audi - hehe, I got that from your blog. Great to see you, friend. Thank you so much for the compliments. I'm *blushing* You are a top notch Hubber yourself! :)

      Teresa - oh, yes. That IS so sad when parents spend the whole time talking on the phone and don't pay attention to their kiddos. Then we wonder why the kids don't pay attention to parents. Alas, it's so reassuring to see all these wonderful comments in agreement with what you and I are saying. :)

      ComfortB - aw, thank you so much! You're so sweet to come back and comment again. I appreciate you. Hubhugs!

      Internpete - oooh, yikes. Close quarters with a private cell phone conversation. I have to think: would that woman have the same conversation with any of those strangers in the waiting room when she was OFF the phone? Oy vey. Thanks for stopping by!

      Tammy - aw, Tammy! Hugs to you! Thanks for stopping by. Hehe...It's always great to see you and I just love your sweet, kind words. Hubhugs!

      Vinaya - thanks so much!! And, really, I can't wait to see a hub of your artwork. :P

      Alissa - hehe. First, I have to say congratulations to you again! Second, thanks for comin' by. :D Beware of the parent glued to the cell phone - children running amok.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD! Well done! I so agree with you. It is damnably annoying to be grocery shopping and have to listen to half of several conversations. There is NOTHING so all-fired important that you must be on the phone the entire time you are shopping!

      Every now and then, I'll call one of my (adult) daughters, and glean the information that they are in the store. My reaction is "Ooops...ok, well, here's my question... ok. thanks, talk to you later." Keep it short and sweet. In that case, I did not know they were shopping, needed information, and ended the call when I found out what I needed to know. THEY did not initiate the call--and they never do while shopping. These people who can't put the phone down, or are using the BlueTooth--I SO feel like sticking out my cane and tripping them, then saying, "That was just to teach you to pay attention to your primary task!" Alas, I'm not willing to stoop to their level.

      We don't even own cell phones, per se. I have a pay-as-you-go "Trac Fone" and it IS for emergencies, or getting directions. It is a phone, only! It doesn't text or access the Internet.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and shared!

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      Brilliant hub all those things you stated really annoy me. We seem to live in a world of people shouting into phones and extremely annoying text and phone tones. I long for peace and quiet sometimes.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Miss_jkim - Hehe, um, hello? Hello? Are you there? Hello? Hehe...I thought you were calling me, but I guess my phone must have dropped the call. :D Oy vey, those cell phones are great but they can drive us batty, can't they? Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow great hub and I so do agree. so glad I saw this shared on Facebook

      Debbie

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      DzyMsLizzy - hehe, your response made me chuckle. :D I definitely go nuts listening to other people's conversations in the store. I agree: short and to the point. No one will fault you for that. I'm often won't even answer the phone and I'll let the call go to voicemail when I'm shopping - if only because I don't want people to hear my conversation!

      For the record, the vision I had of you sticking out your cane and tripping them made me LAUGH OUT LOUD. I know, you don't want to stoop to their level, but it would be sooo satisfying. Hehehe.

      I used to have a Trac Fone. I had to give it up, though when the house we moved into didn't have a phone line. We got regular cell phones.

      Thank you for the votes and shares. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Christin53 - ah, yes. Sometimes I wonder if the cell companies make the most annoying ringtones possible so that the rest of us actually WANT people to answer their phones. But ANSWERING the phone is the opposite of what we want to happen. Can they just silence them, please? Pretty please? I hear ya. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      StellaSee 4 years ago from California

      Hey cc! I agree, it's annoying when you're working and you want to service your customer the best you can but you can't because they're talking on their phone. It's also annoying when you're talking to someone when their phone rings, they pick it up and proceed to have a 10 min conversation and forget that you exist. One time I was at a restroom in a store when this lady in the stall next to me got a call and started having a conversation. In the stall! I was thinking 'what is so important that you need to answer a call while you're going potty??' ahaha. Great tips here and congratulations!

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      kthix10 4 years ago from IL

      LOVE IT! My hubby rides the train and will not answer his cell, we text or use gmail chat if we need something during the commute (with the ringer silenced). If someone with bad cell manner if yapping noisily away the commuters shoot them the evil eye until they notice

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Great sense of humor. Love this hub. Very useful and voted up.

      Congratulations on Hub of the day award! You earned it.

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Congrats on HOTD. This is a great hub. I so agree with these rules and would like to add a few. When you are a cashier, do not check your cell to see who called. I have really had this happen. He was just a young boy at his first job. He learned in a hurry when every person in line complained. Then he complained to me that they complained. I let him have it and told him the rules. His boss walked up as I was finishing and told him I was right and if it happened again, he was fired.

      Yesterday, I went out to lunch with my husband and we got to listen to a woman discussing her bowel problems with our lunch. Very appetizing conversation.

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      cocogirl8907 4 years ago from Oregon

      Loved your hub! This was very entertaining to read!

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      TommyGuns 4 years ago from Blakeslee, PA

      I love to interrupt others if they hold people up at work. Especially if it is an annoying customer holding others up.

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      Tiffany 4 years ago from West Virginia

      So true! Love this hub :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Deborah Brooks - I'm so glad you stopped by. :) Those cell phones make us crazy despite what they're good for, for sure! Cheers!

      StellaSee - In the stall. Yes! Actually, after I wrote this hub, I had something similar happen, too. I can't imagine handling my phone after talking in a public restroom. EW! :) Thanks for your comments. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      kthix10 - what a great idea! I also love the "evil eye" idea. I'll definitely give that a try! :D

      urmilashukla - hehe, I was feeling rather wry and wacky when I wrote this. Someone had really gotten under my skin with their cell phone and I had to write about it. Thanks so much for your kind comments. Cheers!

      Becky - thank you so much! I agree! I can't tell you how annoying it is when places of business don't take the initiative to tell their employees not to talk on the phone. It's a turn-off. It was a hard lesson for the kid on his first day, but one that will stick with him, I'm sure. As for the "bowel" conversation, I wouldn't have done it, but I would have been so tempted to say, "excuse me, I need to go vomit." Hehehe. Just kidding. But I can't say I wouldn't at least think about it. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Cocogirl8907 - thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      iTommy - hehe, that's great. I need to adopt a little more of that principle. :D Cheers!

      tglowv - thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. :)

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      In the grocery store nowadays, you feel out of place if you're NOT talking on your cellphone. Maybe your next hub should highlight some of those crazy ringtones!

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      iefox5 4 years ago

      When Riding On a Bus Or In a Car, Utilize the Text Feature On Your Phone (But Not If You’re Driving). This is a rule we should pay much attention to.

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      pruntcess 4 years ago from NY

      Wow, this was great. I'm a big fan of cell phone etiquette. I can't tell you how many times I can't take an order because the customer is on their cell phone. Also, my biggest pet peeve is when I make time to spend with a friend, who can't tear themselves away from the phone for 2 seconds, and all conversation must stop for this uber-important text. Thanks for making me laugh with your Hub (and letting me vent!)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations Cindy on Hub of the Day, a fantastic hub and well deserved!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Your Cousins - indeed! That would be funny! Now if I could just figure out how to do all the sound clips...thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      iefox5 - I like it! Now if we could make it a law...hehe, but I'm not so sure people would go for it. Hopefully people will be understanding, though, and exercise a little politeness. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      pruntcess - hehe, I'm a big fan, too. Geez, I agree! I cannot understand why we would meet up with people only to answer to texts and phone calls. There's a whole world out there, not just a phone screen, right? Hehe. :D Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Leslie - thanks so much for dropping by! Many hugs to you! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      securityproducts - thank you so much! Thanks for coming by. :)

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      Anupam A 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Informational, and enjoyable too :) Voted up and useful.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      It does seem that the more cell phones you see in public, the more people are prone to bad manners while using them. I really don't need to know the details of your breakup with your boyfriend or hear a description of the rash on your behind while in a restaurant!

      Your basic rules of cell phone etiquette should be included with every cell phone!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Anupam - thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful day ~ Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Stephanie - hehe, I know, right!? What is it with manners and phones and why do so many people forget their manners as soon as they click "CALL"? Hehe. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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      biancalyne 4 years ago

      It drives me crazy at work when people come to make a payment and hand me their bill while on the phone.... I NEED TO SPEAK TO YOU!!! People assume I will know how much they're paying without actually speaking, because I am a mind reader, obviously. If I stop to ask how they are paying I get rude stares like I'm interupting. Don't go to a cash when you're on the phone, we're not bill payment machines, we're people and we deserve your attention for the 2 minutes that it takes.

      Love the post! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Biancalyne - hehe, it sounds like you speak from experience. Oh, I hear you. I would never do this, but when I used to work at a bookstore, if the person kept talking on the phone while I was ringing them up, I sometimes thought about throwing in my own book and having them buy it. Hehe. I would never do that, but the thought would make me laugh. :) Thanks for comin' by. Cheers!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative. I know that we need this stuff, but again....we should use it wisely. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      prasetio30 - thank you so much! I appreciate your stopping by! Indeed, technology is a wonderful tool, I admit I have an addiction to it, but yes, there is a time and and place for sure! Thanks again! Cheers!

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      biancalyne 4 years ago

      Haha, ya, really makes you wonder if they would even notice. I should print this up and hand it out to those people :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      biancalyne - hehe, I know, right? You gave me an idea. I should print up this article, keep it with me and when someone is being rude, I can flash up the article at them. Hehe. Nah, I probably wouldn't do that, but sometimes I do use the evil eye to let them know I'm clearly listening to the conversation...that I mostly DON'T want to listen to. Hehe. Thanks for comin' back. :)

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Those are great rules. Yeap, almost everyone behaves just as how you come up those splendid rules. Some people will talk on their phones like there is no tomorrow. There was a time when I was in a shop looking at something, then I heard someone talking out loud, imagine how many people will know her itinerary of the weekend!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      KenWu - it's weird how a phone will make a person do that. I am in awe at how many people just don't care about that. Oh well...maybe this article will help some people to figure out that it might be in their best interests if everyone doesn't hear the ugly family story. Haha. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I loved this! It is very true! I like to answer people's questions when they're in line. When they talk on the phone, I respond as if I were on the other end. I've had one or two turn around and say, "Excuse me", and I'd respond, "Oh, you were talking so loud and ignoring everyone else, I thought you were talking to me!" Got an applause one by three people behind me in line. Great Job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rcrumple - that is *awesome* - I once had a standing ovation for putting someone in their place, but it wasn't because of a cell phone. Haha. Good for you for saying something. If more people did, maybe others would learn etiquette. I'm not likely to say something, though...I don't like confrontation, LOL.

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