I'll admit, I'm not the most conscientious cell phone user in the world. I don't pull over to the side of the road while I'm talking and driving. I have an annoying ringtone that I let play a little too long because I like the song (The Fray - How to Save a Life). I screen EVERY number that I don't know and I'm awful at returning calls.
However, aren't there some common rules of courtesy that EVERYONE should abide by when it comes to cell phones? For those that have been living in a cave and are unsure as to what those rules might be, here they are as I see them (in no particular order)...
1. When you're in the gynecologists office, or any office for that matter, where the atmosphere is relatively quiet and your cell phone rings, if you choose to answer it, answer it quickly and tell the person on the other end that you'll call them back. DO NOT answer the phone and talk as loudly as you can. I promise we all don't care about your visit to the gynecologist and neither does the person on the phone that you're actually talking to.
2. This one seems to be a faux paux of the 50+ year old generation of women *cough mom*. Talking at the normal volume is adequate when you're on a cell phone. Why is it that some people are under the impression that because you're on a cell phone that you need to double or triple the volume at which you normally speak? Yelling into the phone doesn't make you more clear to the person on the other end and it annoys the people who are actually around you. I should also mention that this same rule applies to drive up windows - there is no need to yell your order.
3. There are those people who are constantly on the phone while you're out with them. A note of courtesy - if you're out with a friend or a group of friends, don't spend the entire time on the phone with other people. What's the point of going out? This also applies to texting. Just because you're not actually talking doesn't make it any more polite to sit and text with someone.
4. iPhones are cool, I get it. I would love to have one. But why is it that every single iPhone user I ever meet feels the need to show me every feature on the phone? If I want a tour of your phone, I'll ask - I promise!
5. And finally, cell phones in movie theaters. It should be obvious to everyone that it's annoying if your cell phone rings while everyone is watching a movie but NEWS FLASH...it's just as annoying to have the guy next to you texting during the ENTIRE movie! There is a light on your cell phone and it is distracting to see the blasted light come on every few minutes. Why did you bother paying to see the movie??? That dude owes me $8.50!