We live in a world with rules abound. Do this, don’t do that. Some of these rules are written into law. Others are common sense, while others still are just basic consideration. One area where I feel these rules are lacking is in dealing with cell phones. Its like the wild wild west out there. People are just doing whatever, wherever with little to no consideration for those around them. A decade ago this was a problem, considering cell phones were relatively new, problems were bound to happen. Unfortunately in 2016 I do not feel that we have made any damn progress toward civility with our various devices. It looks like I have to take action. Here are a basic list of considerations and rules which everyone should abide by. Feel free, gentle reader, to chime in with a helpful addition or two where necessary. Its time we corralled this thing. With your help we can make the world a better, less aggravating place. Here goes:
*When in a shared public place like a waiting room or a line, save your conversations for another time. Nobody wants to hear half of a conversation between you and your mom concerning last nights Game of Thrones episode. Show a little consideration for those around you jerk.
*Similarly, get off your phone when you are checking out at a gas station or grocery store. Its super disrespectful to the cashiers time and to those behind you in line. Put the thing away and conduct your transaction. Its not that difficult.
*When you and I are having a conversation, an actual person to person interfacing, it is extremely rude to pull your phone out and check facebook. The subtext here is that I’m not interesting enough. If you feel that way, just say it, because odds are I feel the same. Still, while you and I struggle through this interaction have the decency to keep the stupid thing in your pocket.
*When in a theater put the freaking thing away. A theater is dark and your screen is extremely distracting to those around you. This one seems obvious. But common sense is, well you know. This is also an area where we have seen some level of progress. Some theaters have drawn a hard line on cell phone use, adopting a zero tolerance policy. I applaud their action. Well done!!
*Limit your use while operating an automobile. I don’t care if you are cruising down the freeway, having a conversation. Frankly, freeway driving is not difficult and the act of having that conversation is no different than if that person were sitting in the passenger seat. Texting, or internet browsing is a different matter. It requires you to divert your attention from the roadway. Its dangerous and inconsiderate. Please don’t be that person. That person is an asshole.
*If you work with the public I, as a customer, don’t want to see it. I don’t care if its in your pocket or whatever, but I don’t want to see you use it. You are there to work, so work. If I were in a leadership position I would have very little tolerance for this kind of thing. Whatever it is can wait. If it cant, you need to go home.
Look, these devices are still pretty new to us as a society. What is, and is not, acceptable is still up for grabs. It seems like nobody wants to take the lead on this thing. If I’m something of a pioneer, or even a hero, for making a stance, Ill let you decide. For now I would like for people to put the things away and show one freaking bit of consideration for the people around them. There is a time and place for this technology. Lets not neglect the actual human interaction we experience everyday.