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I actually feel you on this one. There are just times that people forget to be considerate about the others around them when they talk on the phone. I usually hate it when Im on the train and hear somebody rant over something on the phone.
You aren’t talking about having to listen to annoying ring tones at full volume here right? You’re talking about other people just talking on the phone? Let’s have a look at the list.
On the train – If they were with their friend, should they not talk to their friend on the train? How is this different from speaking with them on the phone then?
In your car – if you mean talking on a cell phone while driving, agreed, that is bad news
In this restaurant – Again, I fail to see why someone speaking in conversational tones on their phone is any different from speaking with someone at the table. If you are at the table and they are ignoring you to speak on the phone, well, that’s another matter.
I, as a doctor, completely disagree that someone talking to a friend in a restaurant or on a train sounds the same as someone talking on the phone. Maybe it’s because someone on the phone seems to usually talk louder than when talking face to face. Maybe it’s the fact that you are hearing only one side of the conversation, which makes it somehow more difficult to tune out. Whatever the reason, it is definitely a different, and more annoying, experience.
tudza, I think the problem is that people are sometimes NOT speaking in conversational tones when on the phone in public places. They are often speaking much louder than they would if the person were sitting next to them, which turns a regular conversation into something that is imposed on the people around them.
The problem, tudza, is not people simply talking on their cell phones. True, there is nothing wrong with someone talking on the phone as they would have a normal conversation with a friend standing in front of them. However a lot of people fail to realize that the microphone on cellphones is actual very powerful, and therefor feel the need to shout into the phone. That is where the disturbance comes in.
Talking on the phone is inappropriate in some situations, but on the train is fucking fine. You’re on a train – what are you supposed to do, not take any calls because some guy that draws cartoons thinks that the cell phone and other modern trappings are destroying society and culture and tearing the fabric of his soul? Give me a break.
In Japan, they have a special car you have to go to to talk on the train. Not sure if subways have these, I’ve just seen it in cartoons on bullet trains.
I will have to agree on the stipulation that volume of speech is a valid issue. I doubt that you would object to me talking on my phone, but I know of several people, especially Russian people for some reason, who have normal face-to-face voices but way too much volume on the phone.
This does not cancel my opinion that it is okay to use your cell phone in public as stated in my last comment.
Phones are banned on the subway in Sweden, too, but even though it’s forbidden, people pay next to no regard at all to the ban. And they shouldn’t, because it is really stupid.
I see the problem, but phones aren’t the root of that problem, it’s people being obnoxious, disturbing what could otherwise be a enjoyable atmosphere. But you know what? Sending rude notes to people doesn’t help one bit.
Ask them to keep it down if it REALLY bothers you that much, if they’re of the understanding sort they’ll listen, and if they’re obnoxious they’ll… well, keep on being obnoxious. But if you send them a not-that-funny note telling them to shut the fuck up, irregardless what they are, you’re likely to piss them off. And if you thought they were annoying while on the phone, just wait till they get angry and all up in your face.
I disagree. I’m QUITE obnoxious, and if someone handed me one of those notes, I would be VERY embarrassed and a) take my voice down a notch, b) walk out of the room/area, or c) point to the phone and yell quite loudly (so that all the people that I am OBVIOUSLY bothering could hear) that it is an emergency and I’m sorry for interrupting their dull, boring, silence….which they would give up in a heartbeat if they just had someone as interesting as me to talk to… with my phone call. 😛