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Cell Phone Users Should Stand 10' Apart

Cell Phone Users Should Stand 10' Apart

Telephone Manners and Annoyances

Have you been in a situation where another person on a mobile phone was disturbing you and maybe everyone else around you? I was recently waiting in the doctor’s office reading my Kindle and there was a man talking business in such a loud voice it was impossible to tune him out.

Sometimes people with IPODs also keep the noise level too loud when playing games. Mobile phones are a marvelous convenience, but has courtesy gone by the wayside?

I’ve been in the grocery store and heard more than I ever wanted to know about the argument a woman was having with her husband and many other personal details that should have remained private.

Another thing that can be annoying is talking with someone who is looking at their phone reading a text, or worse yet sending one. This tells you that you do not have their attention, and are playing second fiddle to the mobile phone.

I have also walked on sidewalks where someone almost mowed me down because they were walking, texting, and not watching where they are going. Everywhere you look, whether in people’s cars, at the gym and at every store people are talking on their phones. What did we ever do before cell phones?


Manners and Etiquette Using a Cellphone

There was actually a 2012 Intel Mobile Etiquette Survey that found 92% of adults in America would like to see people practice better mobile etiquette in public. Whitmore founded National Cellphone Courtesy Month in 2002, which just happens to be this month, July. The goal in founding this courtesy month was to encourage people to be more conscious of their environment while using the cellphone by using cellphone etiquette.

Since 91% of Americans have cell phones, a little more awareness would be nice. Furthermore, the Huffington Post has also posted 15 rules to follow for cell phone etiquette and they are quite similar to Kim Komando’s Ten Commandments for digital manners.

Rude Cellphone Users

On a Date? It may be the last one.

On a Date? It may be the last one.

Komando’s Ten Commandments

  1. “You shall give top priority to those who are with you.” This means giving the individual you are talking with your full attention and do not text. Listen! Listening carefully to a person lets them know they are important to you.
  2. “Thou shall not be distracted.” According to the National Safety Council 28% of auto accidents occur while people are texting or talking of their cell phones.
  3. “Do not shout on the sidewalk.” Talking on the phone while walking on the sidewalk is fine, using a normal tone of voice, but if the background noise is too loud, do not shout. Call back when you are in a quieter location.
  4. “Thou shalt not make private matter public.” Avoiding personal topics while in public.Texting embarrassing information is also not smart as it takes only seconds for those texts to be forwarded many times.
  5. “Do unto others as briefly as possible.” If you must take a call when you are in public, keep it as short as possible. Ask the permission of the other person first before answering as a courtesy.
  6. “Learn how to turn that thing completely off as soon as you get it out of the box.” Please turn the ringer off or the phone off when you are in a restaurant, church, a movie theater or other similar type of establishment. Recently I was in a movie theater when a young man answered a cell call and actually talked for several minutes loudly. Soon everyone in that seating area was yelling at this man to turn off his phone.
  7. “Use headphones correctly.” If you are playing a game on an IPOD or cellphone, use a set of quality headphones. This is a thoughtful way to enjoy a game and not disturb others. Of course, if someone is talking to you it is polite to remove the headphones.
  8. “Thou shalt not cause light pollution.” Avoid lighting up your cell phone in a dark theater. Also, if you are on a train or plane at night, turn the brightness down as a courtesy to others.
  9. “Share only with permission.” When people are traveling they love to take pictures, which is no problem. If you are taking pictures of strangers it is polite to ask their permission first and that certainly holds true if you when Facebook tagging.
  10. “Exercise good taste.” Keep the content on your screen at a G level when in public and save the risqué material for the privacy of your home.

In Conclusion

Kim Komando”s Ten Commandments make sense and the commandments are a good method of being courteous with your mobile devices. He is best known radio talk show host concerning consumer electronics, the internet and computers.

In the home where there are children it is a good idea to establish some boundaries for cell phone use also. Cell phones do not belong at the dinner table.

Establish some family time periods where the phones are turned off. That way healthy dialogue between family members can occur without one person texting and another one wondering if a text message has arrived. A little etiquette regarding cell phones should be taught to children and the adults should set the good examples.

Cellphone Courtesy

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 24, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I have noticed it also, which is why I wrote this article. I noticed it at the doctor's office a couple of times and in restaurants. I think it is very rude.

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Thanks for your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:

We have viewed people in restaurants speaking on their cell phones instead of the people sharing the table with them. It makes us wonder why did they even go out together? We see many such instances of rude behavior when it comes to cell phone use.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2013:

DDE, I think it is a shame that people are not more considerate of others. I appreciate your comments.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 02, 2013:

Cell phone users annoy me, some of them don't even know how to answer the phone never mind talking. They are rude and inconsiderate, at least most of them are. You have made valid points here thanks.Voted up!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2013:

jainismus, Thank your so much for your comments and I agree. I appreciate the share also.

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on February 02, 2013:

Many of the cell phone users prefer to talk on their phones instead of talking with the person in front of them. This is just a stupidity.

This is another great Hub from you with great analyses and useful suggestions, I am glad to share it with my followers.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2012:

logoquiz, I have seen this type of behavior so often. It is so inconsiderate. Thanks for your comments.

Missy from London on December 09, 2012:

This is all SO true! Was on the bus just today and someone was having a full on conversation with their phone on loudspeaker! just inappropriate and awkward for the whole bus really.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 08, 2012:

mikearn, I see the same thing and I agree about the rudeness. I appreciate your comments. Love the ticked!

mjkearn on December 08, 2012:

Hi Pamela

Great hub and yes one of my pet hates. Some people are truly so rude when it comes to the operation of these devices and I still see so many on their phone when driving. Voted up and ticked.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 25, 2012:

tillsonititan, I agree that just a little courtesy would go a long way. I think posting the 10 commandments is a great idea. Thanks so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 25, 2012:

Audry, They drive me nuts also, which is why I wrote the hub. Thanks so much for reading my hub and commenting.

Mary Craig from New York on September 24, 2012:

Your hub couldn't be more timely with the over-use of cell phones! Your research was impeccable and Kim's Commandments should be posted in every office and school building in the country (probably movie theaters too though I don't go there often enough to know).

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 24, 2012:

The whole cell phone thing drives me nuts! I loved your 10 commandments!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 24, 2012:

Alecia, Those things drive me crazy also. I think the 10 commandments are common courtesy. Thank you so much for your comments.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on September 24, 2012:

The people who really need to read this won't. It drives me crazy when I'm with someone and they answer the phone- it's like I'm invisible once the phone rings. And loud talkers are not much better either. Great hub and I love the 10 Commandments list!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 03, 2012:

Dusty, I grew up with a party line in my younger years, then we had a private line. That is when we knew everyone's phone number. I know very few now. I don't like to hear people on their cell phones in restaurants, movies, doctor's offices, and so forth. Thanks for your comments. Blessings to you. Pam

50 Caliber from Arizona on August 03, 2012:

Pamela, great hub I don't have one now at one point I had a satellite phone, the only way to get signal where I live, but I never used it rarely turned it on and never took it to town. I grew up from party lines, no answering machines so if no answer after 8 rings you just said "not there" and figured out something else to do. My dad limited our time to 10 minutes, he said more than that, walk to their house.

I dread going to a restaurant and trying to enjoy some city food and having to listen to the people all around on their phones. It is one thing I wish was never made for any purpose but 911 or other emergency situations.

Voted up, great hub,

Peace and Blessings,


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 30, 2012:

Josh, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 30, 2012:


Very interesting article, but yet funny at the same time! I despise when people talk too loud on their cell phones! So very rude! :)

I enjoyed the ten commandmnets; I never heard of them before.

Thanks for sharing this informative and funny hub! I had a good laugh!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 27, 2012:

ib radmasters, I should have mentioned that in my hub, because some rings are so loud and annoying that they are an irritant when you are in a closed environment. Thanks for your comments.

Brad Masters from Southern California on July 27, 2012:


Great hub, and good adv ice.

Unfortunately, the courteous are already trying to avoid being annoying to others around them.

My biggest complaint about cell phones is the ring, many people don't put their phones on vibrate and lower the volume on their phones when they are in a restaurant. Some of their ring tones are simply just rude at any volume.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 27, 2012:

Andy, Your rant summed up the feelings of many people. What did people do before cell phones? How many true emergency calls do we really get in a lifetime? If someone is truly having an emergency I would be understanding, but that is very rare. I appreciate your comments.

Andy Aitch from UK & South East Asian Region on July 26, 2012:

Hi Pamela99

I've commented on the very subject somewhere else, and yes, it's a real pet hate of mine, so much so that I've actually walked out on folks on various occasions when they allow their callers to interrupt a social lunch or dinner hour.

I mean, when there's only 2 of you dining, and one starts a social conversation on the mobile, the other is just left hanging, twiddling one's thumbs, waiting for the other to get off the wretched mobile.

I have asked folks before if they would mind turning off or silencing their mobiles until our lunch or dinner is over, and they all use the same excuse, which is; "But what if someone is trying to get through to me in an emergency?"

Honestly, anyone would think they're frigging Special Forces or Paramedics on stand-by by the importance they put on making themselves available to callers.

Rant over :)

Andy Aitch

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2012:

Moonlake, We see that type of thing happen way too often. Thank you for your comments.

moonlake from America on July 23, 2012:

We had a lady almost walk into our truck the other day. She was on her cell and walking not paying any attention to what was around her. If she would have hit us we would have got the blame for it. Cell phone people drive me crazy including my own kids. Voted Up

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 23, 2012:

Laura, I think many people feel the same way we do. A little thoughtfulness and courtesy would go a long way. Thanks for your comments.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on July 22, 2012:

i dislike it very much! Not the hub, but the mindless cell phone users. I only talk on my cell phone in public if it's an important call and even then I explain to the other person I'm somewhere I can't talk.

There should be more articles on cell phone etiquette...and texting drives me nuts especially when I'm with someone and they're having thi entirely different conversation than the one we're having. Rude!

Voted up and useful! I like Kommando's #1 and #4.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 22, 2012:

Definitely one of my pet peeves...I was just in the library 2 days ago and someone called someone to tell them someone KILLED themselves...I couldn't believe it! I wanted to go over and grab the phone out of his hand and smack him one. It was an adult so he probably should have known I keep thinking of this person who the conversation barely talked about who killed himself and wondering why....I'll never know either and I feel terrible for his family.

I think in some respects cell phones have taken away our ability to relate to each other or even look at the world around us. At least here, people walk with their faces plastered to the screen while walking (and driving unfortunately) - or talking away to gosh knows who everywhere I go....a couple of times I've actually answered someone thinking they are talking to me. I use my phone all the time - but at least I try to do it when I'm NOT out in public unless it is an emergency and I make sure if I'm playing on the phone (word game or texting) I'm NOT moving or infringing on someone else I'm supposed to be "with." I think it all goes back to basic manners....where have they gone?

By the way - I'm back...another book~ I'm doing the apprenticeship thing to find out what's wrong with my writing. Hopefully it will help~ See ya next time! Thanks for always being such a good hub friend~

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2012:

Sofs, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for posting it also. O liked those 10 commandments also obviously I guess. Thanks for your comments.

Sophie on July 20, 2012:

Pamela this is a great hub... I am going to have this link put on facebook for my young friends... LOL. I love those teen/ten commandments.. all those thou shalt nots need to be heeded. Thumbs up !!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2012:

Dianna, That is one of the most annoying things. I was always taught to keep your problems matters private. I appreciate your comments.

Dianna Mendez on July 20, 2012:

I agree with you, Pamela, cell phone usage in public can be annoying. I hear arguments over the phone that should not be for other's ears.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2012:

Nick, I would love to come to Thailand but obviously not for that reason. Technology has certainly changed life around the world and it is not all good news. Thanks for your comments.

Nick Hanlon from Chiang Mai on July 19, 2012:

Come to Thailand Pamela and you'll see people ride on a motorcyle and use a mobile phone at the same time.Darwin theory works double-time over here.It's an everyday occurrence.This is what happens when medieval fatalism meets modern technology.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2012:

PegCole, I would also have a problem with a man like that. It is inexcusable behavior. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2012:

POP, I would probably limit my lunches with that lady but as least she took your words kindly. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2012:

annevendall, I wish the theaters here had a screen like that, and It would be nice for restaurants also. Thank you for your comments.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 17, 2012:

We used to say "Chivalry is dead". Now it has changed to "Courtesy is dead". I've seen and heard each of these rules broken over the years as cell phones have grown in numbers. I've even broken some of them myself; please accept my apologies in arrears.

The worst infraction of cell phone courtesy I ever experienced was in the hospital room of a terminal patient. A guy from the church was in the room and took a call on his cell phone. He proceeded to counsel this young girl in a loud voice, exposing us to many of her personal confidences as he spoke to her. The conversation went on and on and he never excused himself from the room. It was all I could do not to throttle him.

breakfastpop on July 17, 2012:

Yes, cell phone users drive me to the edge. I had lunch with someone today who kept answering her phone and screaming into it. I had to tell her she was screaming and she thanked me.

annerivendell from Dublin, Ireland on July 17, 2012:

Great Hub, as usual. I was in a line behind an elderly woman last week at the supermarket and she kept everyone waiting, including the cashier, while she held a conversation with someone about bread! Many Cinemas in Ireland have some kind of shield or scrambler (I'm not sure how it works) but it means that no one can get signal while inside the building. Brilliant!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2012:

Frog Prince, I fully agree. Thanks for your comments.

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on July 17, 2012:

There is such a thing, or should be anyway, as cell phone etiquette. The use of a phone outside the home has a time and a place for sure. Rudeness in public is still rudeness in public.

The Frog

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 17, 2012:

Bedbugabscond, It seems like we are all having many of the same frustrations. I think the rudeness is just unacceptable. I appreciate your comments.

Melody Collins from United States on July 17, 2012:

Me, too. I am more annoyed with texters these days. The ones who text and drive are as dangerous as drunk drivers. Those that walk and text can be very rube. One guy practically stepped on my 4 year old because he wasn't paying attention.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 16, 2012:

drbj, The texting scares me also as quite often they are not staying between the lines very well. It is an accident waiting to happen. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 16, 2012:

KathyH, I don't think anyone like that is capable of considering anyone but themselves. It was so rude! If I was standing next to her I would have tried to shush her also Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 16, 2012:

Ttombs, I can understand walking out of restaurants. Some people don't realize how loud they talk. I don't mind you adding this to your newspaper. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 16, 2012:

SunRob, You have to be careful with those big ones. I just let them talk. haha I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 16, 2012:

People drive me crazy even at the grocery store with their phones having these in depth conversations.Thanks for your comments.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 16, 2012:

These are exceptional cell phone rules for displaying courtesy, Pamela. Now if we could just get all the rude cell phone users to observe them.

What especially annoys me is when I am driving on the expressway and happen to glance at the driver of the car next to me who is using his cell phone - not to talk but to text! There's an accident waiting to happen.

KathyH from Waukesha, Wisconsin on July 16, 2012:

We had this happen at a concert that was being filmed for television! The lady behind us was mad at her husband because he wouldn't leave the gambling table to go with her to the concert. So, she found it necessary to leave messages on his phone, and to call and tell EVERYONE she knew back home the play by play on the concert we were watching. After listening to her for a while, we could see WHY her husband didn't want to come to that concert with her! She was enough to drive someone NUTS!

And people around us were "shhushing" her and telling her to get off the phone! We were far enough away that the cameras and microphones didn't pick her conversation up, otherwise they would have made her turn off the phone. This concert WAS being filmed for television! It amazes me how thick headed some can be with cell phones and really just rude! Voted up and more! :)

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 16, 2012:

Pamela, awesome hub! I have to agree, enough is enough. Besides my son's school, only one person on the planet has my cell phone number, my husband. It's gotten to the point if we walk into a restaurant and everyone is on their cell phones, we'll leave. Hubby likes to make fun of people on their phones in line at the grocery store if they are in front of us, especially if they are holding up the line.

Hope you don't mind, I'm adding this to my "newspaper" to share. :) VUMS.

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on July 16, 2012:

Great movie, Pamela, and very funny. I have experienced most of these annoyances. Once, in the breakroom, some gal was talking really loud and I did go ask her to tone it down, and she did. Another time, at an interstate rest area, a woman was talking unbelievably loudly and outside the "men's" restroom (was she guarding the door...?) I could even hear her inside the restroom. No, I didn't ask her to tone it down. She was quite a lot bigger than me. Haha! Good hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 16, 2012:

Love it! Funny and yet the situation is not funny. These people drive me crazy each and every day.

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