Cell Phone and Rude

Were people as rude before cell phones?

I just got back from a trip to the doctor with my mom. We arrived a little early, but with only one elevator working out of three, we had a long wait for the elevator to take us to the top  floor. Once we stepped onto the only working car, it was packed. By the time we’d traveled three quarters of the way, everyone but my mom and I got off and a woman, talking on a cell phone, stepped in. But she kept her hand in the doorway so they would not close. She was not waiting for someone, she was trying to keep the doors from closing and severing her cell signal. So, she stood in the doorway, holding this one working elevator in place to finish her personal business. She finished the call just as I was going to say something, and stepped all the way inside the car. But then as the doors started to close, she stopped them again. You see, she wanted to go down not up, and because she was so involved in her conversation, she didn’t notice she’d stepped onto an up elevator.

I called this rude, but a friend of my said it’s just cell phone clueless-ness. Cell phones give people an excuse to be oblivious to the world around them. Sadly, this is not the first episode of self-absorbed cell phone cluelessness I’ve run in to. I’m sure everyone has experienced cell phone slowing on the freeway. This phenomena is characterized by your lane slowing suddenly to twenty miles under the speed limit. You change lanes to get around the problem only to pass an individual talking on his cell phone, silly expression on his/her face, totally oblivious to the fact he/she is still on the freeway and not in their private living room.

I could go on and on, about cell phones in restaurants, loud phone conversations in markets and most annoying of all, texting while driving. (Once, when talking to a friend about this, she said, “But isn’t that illegal?” Yeah, like that matters. Besides there is never a cop around when you need one) Don’t get me wrong, I think cell phones can be a blessing, especially in the case of an emergency. But something inside me screams that private conversations should be just that, private. People should relegate those conversations that command their undivided attention to their living room, kitchen, bedroom, office, etc.

This all leads to the main question, were people this rude/clueless before cell phones? My friend says yes, people have always been rude, cell phones are just a new way to manifest the rudeness. I don’t know about that, but the more I think about, the more I know there must be a story in there somewhere; The Curious Case of the Cell Phone Murders, or The Murderer Sent the Text, or my personal favorite, Texting and Justifiable Homicide.

5 Responses to Cell Phone and Rude

  1. ianet moreno August 5, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Yes, people can be very rude, a cellphone is just another vehicle.

  2. Mike Tilson August 5, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I believe we now live in a “me” America. Much of our economic problems have been caused by greed, which is to say caused by people thinking only of themselves. It used to be common for people to show courtesy. Today I find it refreshing when another motorist waves me ahead of them during heavy traffic. Ever notice during a traffic jam on the freeway how so many motorists will be right up on the bumper of the car in front of them so that no one merging onto the freeway can get in front of them?

    Is the solution for more people to step forward and confront bad behavior?

  3. John W August 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    We are teaching our children, there are no losers, we don’t keep score at games, we are all winners, everyone gets a prize, etc.etc. Our neighbors put cones out to save parking spaces for their friends while we have to park 2 or 3 blocks away. Everyone thinks they are the most important and if anyone says anything, they are making a big deal over nothing. Did this topic push one of my buttons or what?

  4. Janice Cantore August 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    I agree with you, this country is tipping over with self esteem while common courtesy slides off the other side!

  5. Arriana Jane Calderon August 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I have to agree. I believe that we want our kids to be confident, but right now we seem to have created a generation of self-centered brats with a huge sense of entitlement. When I was growing up, manners were the most important thing and having someone tell your parents that you were polite and well-behaved was a major self esteem builder. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be important anymore.

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