I'm going to rehash some old material for no other reason than it needs to be said again. Many of you are probably familiar with Tom Sullivan's Ten Commandments of Cell Phone Etiquette. For those of you going 'Hey, is cell phone suppose to be two words?'...pay attention...this is for you.
I've added personal commentary because, as you might have deducted, one or more became a sore spot with me just this past weekend, and I'm ranting.
I. Thou shalt not dial/text while driving.
Seriously, people die. California and Boston both have seen recent deadly crashes while transit worker were using cell phones. You're not as good of a driver as you think...and not as quick at texting either. At 60 mph, you are clicking off 88 feet every second. Since you're only a foot or so off the bumper of the guy in front of you...well...you do the math.
II. Thou shalt not wear thy headpiece when thou art not on thy phone.
I speak for all of us...you look neither cool nor important. Nothing is more socially awkward than walking up to someone you know in a store, starting a conversation, only to discover the other person is on the phone with someone else and not responding to you. I swear...I'm walking away.
III. Thou shalt not speak louder on thy cell phone than thou would on any other phone.
Hopefully you've figured out by now that the mouthpiece doesn't transmit your voice to the earpiece like a land line phone...but that doesn't require more volume on your part. The microphone works just fine at normal, even whispered, tones. Trust me.
IV. Thou shalt not grow too attached to thy cell phone.
The need for constant communications is a mental disorder waiting for a scientific name and defining diagnosing parameters. The New England Journal of Medicine article can't be far from release.
V. Thou shalt not slam thy cell phone down on a restaurant table just in case it rings.
Answering on the first ring or the third gets you to the same place. Unless your wife is in the 38th week of pregnancy or you're a fireman, leave the cell phone in your pocket or in the holder.
VI. Thou shalt not make the cell phone more important than the company thou art keeping.
Combining this one with the last one...do you really need to be on the phone at the table? Try spending time with your loved ones. They really have important things to say. Also, my time is just as important as yours, so stay off the thing while checking out at Wal-Mart or ordering in the drive-thru at Wendy's...actually, my Frosty is more important than your need to know about Cousin Jamie's new boyfriend.
VII. Thou shalt not leave the cell phone ringing just to show off the "cool" ringtones or refrain from answering for that same reason.
I mean...come on people. Ice Ice Baby died years ago...thankfully...and the theme song to Dukes of Hazard screams things about you that are best left unsaid.
VIII. Thou shalt turn off thy cell phone at funerals, weddings, yoga class, and anywhere it would be unacceptable to bring a screaming child.
Does church even have to be in this list for you to understand it should be? If God isn't important enough for a few uninterrupted hours of one-on-one, you've got way bigger problems than any news that could be delivered via cell call...way bigger.
IX. Thou shalt not have a message intro lasting more than 15 seconds.
Your message may be gut-splitting funny...but only the first time. Anything after that becomes just annoying.
X. Thou shalt never answer your phone while thou art in the bathroom.
TMI is cliche for a reason...think about it.