GOP Presidential hopeful, Rudy Giuliani took a call on his cell phone during his speech in front of members of the National Rifle Association in September. Who was on the other end of the line? His wife of course. Some members of the audience rolled their eyes while others thought of it nothing more as a silly display or even a stunt. Giuliani is known for his love of the cell phone but does he need a lesson in cell phone etiquette? Call me snooty but if this is supposed to be someone who we are considering to lead the country, his focus should be on his audience and not on his cell phone. At least have the courtesy to put it on vibrate.
So this little incident got me to thinking about cell phones and how rude people can be when on them. Therefore, I bring you THE TEN COMMANDMENT OF CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE by Dan Briody of InfoWorld:
1. Thou shalt not subject defenseless others to cell phone conversations. When people cannot escape the banality of your conversation, such as on the bus, in a cab, on a grounded airplane, or at the dinner table, you should spare them. People around you should have the option of not listening. If they don’t, you shouldn’t be babbling.
2. Thou shalt not set thy ringer to play La Cucaracha every time thy phone rings. Or Beethoven’s Fifth, or the Bee Gees, or any other annoying melody. Is it not enough that phones go off every other second? Now we have to listen to synthesized nonsense?
3. Thou shalt turn thy cell phone off during public performances. I’m not even sure this one needs to be said, but given the repeated violations of this heretofore unwritten law, I felt compelled to include it.
4. Thou shalt not wear more than two wireless devices on thy belt. This hasn’t become a big problem yet. But with plenty of techno-jockeys sporting pagers and phones, Batman-esque utility belts are sure to follow. Let’s nip this one in the bud.
5. Thou shalt not dial while driving. In all seriousness, this madness has to stop. There are enough people in the world who have problems mastering vehicles and phones individually. Put them together and we have a serious health hazard on our hands.
6. Thou shalt not wear thy earpiece when thou art not on thy phone. This is not unlike being on the phone and carrying on another conversation with someone who is physically in your presence. No one knows if you are here or there. Very disturbing.
7. Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone. These things have incredibly sensitive microphones, and it’s gotten to the point where I can tell if someone is calling me from a cell because of the way they are talking, not how it sounds. If your signal cuts out, speaking louder won’t help, unless the person is actually within earshot.
8. Thou shalt not grow too attached to thy cell phone. For obvious reasons, a dependency on constant communication is not healthy. At work, go nuts. At home, give it a rest.
9. Thou shalt not attempt to impress with thy cell phone. Not only is using a cell phone no longer impressive in any way (unless it’s one of those really cool new phones with the space age design), when it is used for that reason, said user can be immediately identified as a neophyte and a poseur.
10. Thou shalt not slam thy cell phone down on a restaurant table just in case it rings. This is not the Old West, and you are not a gunslinger sitting down to a game of poker in the saloon. Could you please be a little less conspicuous? If it rings, you’ll hear it just as well if it’s in your coat pocket or clipped on your belt.
Of course these were written before the annoying Bluetooth/Star Trek thingy that people just HAVE to wear everywhere (and why at the dinner table in a fancy restaurant?). Oh, and the texting. For Pete’s sake, lay off the texting while you’re driving! One last thing…Don’t talk on your phone when you’re in the bathroom. I really don’t care to hear your voice echoing in the stall while I’m trying to concentrate on doing my business. Last I checked, you are not Jack Bauer and the fate of the country does not lie on your “important” phone call.
If you can think of anymore, let me know!