More On Mobile Phone Etiquette
from the how-hard-is-it-to-put-the-phone-on-vibrate? dept
I've been saying it for years, but I still just can't understand why everyone doesn't put their mobile phones on vibrate. Problems with mobile phones ringing and their owners talking in places where quiet is expected seems to be a growing issue. It certainly makes people angry, and there's an example in the article of someone who got stabbed over the issue of talking on a phone while in the movies. The scary thing is that many people (including myself) assumed that as people became familiar with mobile phone etiquette, these practices would become less prevalent. They were, we assumed, the actions of "mobile phone newbies" who hadn't learned to control the "ring-answer-talk" behavior taught to them through years of landline use. However, it's beginning to look like the reverse is happening. As more people see others freely chatting away where they shouldn't, it's becoming more socially acceptable to annoy everyone around you with your mobile phone conversation. While many people still have a problem when others do it, they seem to forget all about their anger when it's their own phone that's ringing. Hopefully, that's not the case - but with the rise of people paying to have the most annoying ringtone around, I imagine we shouldn't expect things to get any quieter any time soon.