The Number One Cellphone Complaint Is the Most Ridiculous Thing on Planet Earth

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textingLet me ask you something: What do you think the most annoying thing about cellphones, and cell phone culture, is? Is it that no one knows how to have a convo IRL anymore? Is it that no one really L's OL because they're too busy tippy-tappying away on their phone? Or is that no matter where you go, at any given moment, you're surrounded by people who are face-down, staring at a mini glowing screen?

If you said any of these -- or any normal reponse -- your answer is wrong. Well, it's not wrong; it's actually very right -- in my eyes. But in other people's eyes -- IE, people who participated in a recent study -- it is. In fact, their top complaint is: People don't use their cellphones enough.

Did we just enter an alternate universe?

In the study, conducted by Pew Internet and American Life, 40% of cell owners say that people they know have complained about their not responding promptly to calls or text messages. And 33% said they’ve heard complaints that they don’t check their phone frequently enough.

Don't check their phones frequently enough? Don't people get into accidents every day because they can't put down their phones for 5 seconds? How on earth could people not be on their phones enough?

See, this is the problem with our cell-obsessed culture. Not to sound a million years old, but: We all expect instant gratification 24:7. Before cellphones, it could be days before we heard back from people. Now if we have to wait longer than a hour, it's annoying to us. That's ridiculous.

Cellphones and smartphones are awesome for many reasons -- we can text; find directions at the drop of a dime; snap a photo at any given moment. But one way that they're not awesome, to me at least, is the expectation to be available constantly. I might not be busy doing something awesome, but sometimes a girl just needs to unplug, man.

Do you have your phone on you at all times?


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Todd Vrancic

Once, when I texted my wife at work, she texted back:  "I'm busy, don't pester me."  Says it all, I think.  She texted me on her break with the info I thought I couldn't live without and we all survived.


nonmember avatar John

Its called an accelerated timeline. You're reference to not hearing back from someone for days is attributable to a 1930 Ford that tops out at 20 MPH. Yes you can still get to wherever you're going at 20 MPH but its annoying as hell. When you have the ability to instantly communicate its a little annoying not getting a text back from someone for 3 hours. This isnt 1992 where we have to page the person and then they have to find a phone. With changing times comes a changing culture, You can't expect less from people. It's not a matter of instant gratification its a matter of becoming accustom to something. Your used to your car being able to go 60 MPH if you need it to but i bet if you sat down in a car that topped out at 20 MPH you'd be tearing your hair out.

nonmember avatar Nikki

I feel the same way! I don't always have my cell on me. Which is just fine. I do take it if i leave the house and the kids are in school just in case of an emergency.

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