I used to hate cell phones. Then I got one. Now I love mine. I can make calls while walking to the subway or walking home from work. Still, I refuse to use one in restaurants or on a bus or pretty much anywhere that forces people to hear my conversation. I guess I justify walking down an uncrowded Brooklyn street as not intruding on others.
While my grandfather was sick, I called my mom one evening to inquire about how he was doing while waiting for the bus on the corner of 4th Ave. and Atlantic. I was not being overly loud but I was in one place, thus intruding on another's space. I was probably 15 feet or so from the nearest person and there was also a lot of other noise at the busy intersection.
As I was finding out important information, the guy closest to me (he was in his mid 60's) started singing a song to himself very loudly. I thought that he was just a typical New York nut - he did look a little out of sorts. But then I heard what he was singing. It was along the lines of "I've got me a cell phone too/ But I only use if for emergencies/ Get off your fucking cell phone/ I don't wanna hear it/ Don't wanna hear your fucking cell phone/ Don't wanna hear it."
At first I was kind of pissed, I was just trying to find out about my grandfather. But maybe this guy had a point. Couldn't I have waited until I got home to call my mom? Had I turned into one of those people who insist on carrying on conversations in public so others are forced to hear it? I know that I have rules for myself (see above) but to this guy I was just as bad as all the people that bug the shit out of me.
Which brings me to this question- what is the proper cell phone etiquette? Is it okay to use it while walking if you are paying attention to what you are doing? It is okay to call your mom to inquire about your sick grandfather? Or is all public use of a cell phone forbidden in the world of courteous people? Please advise.
One of those RUDE cell phone users. Am I now one of them?
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