Is it just me, or have cellphones turned us into a much ruder culture? What was originally intended as a convenience has morphed into our masters. We're obsessed with our phones. We've lost social skills. We've lost manners. We've lost the ability to pay attention for more than 15 seconds.
It's a bummer. But that said, cellphones aren't going anywhere. They're here to stay, so we need to make some changes, guys. We need to never do any of the following things.
Here are the 7 Deadly Sins of Cellphone Users.
1. Talking on your phone at the gym. Come on, dude on the elliptical yapping away about some "super important business deal". Save it for the car ride home. People go to the gym to release stress. Listening to your sweat-encoded blabbering is the opposite of relaxing. It's annoying.
2. Answering your phone on a first date. My husband actually did this (on our second date, which is basically just as bad). His brother was just calling to say hey, and for whatever reason, he answered it and proceeded to have a 15-minute convo about nothing while I sat there, wondering if I should wait to eat. He later apologized and chalked it up to just being nervous, which, let's get real here, is kind of adorable. But dudes and ladies, leave the phone in the car when you're on a date.
3. Speaker phone in public. Never a good idea. That's why earpieces were invented.
4. Being the person who's attached to their phone ... yet never answers their phone. While I wouldn't say I'm attached to my phone per se, I admit, I don't always answer it. And I know it annoys people. Sorry. I'll work on that.
5. Leaving your phone on in the movie theater. I honestly don't know how people forget to silence their phones during movies. There's a giant screen with super loud audio that tells us to turn them off. Or did you miss that because you were texting?
6. Checking your phone literally any time you have a spare second. Phones are social crutches, I get that. But try taking a minute to just ... be when you're in line at the grocery store or waiting for a friend. You can get back to checking Instagram later. You won't miss anything.
7. Being the person who uses their phone while they're driving. Does this one even need explaining?
What cellphone habits annoy you?
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