Smartphone annoyances

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CNN just published a story called, ‘The 10 most annoying smartphone habits.’ Unfortunately, I’m guilty of one…

Bluetooth, or Crazy Person?

OK, we admit it. If you have just the right fashion sense to go with it, your Bluetooth can make you look like an awesome sci-fi movie cyborg.

But remember, to half of the world, you just look like you’re jabbering away to no one in particular.

If you’re walking, it makes it awful hard to tell the difference between you and a raving homeless person. And if you’re sitting next to us, say in a restaurant or on the subway, listening to you have a one-way conversation into the void is just annoying.

I think it’s important to make a distinction between annoyances – harmless pet peeves – and smartphone use that is dangerous. Talking/texting/emailing on a smartphone without a hands-free device is dangerous. People are dying as a result of that kind of behavior.

Here’s a few more rude annoyances I’ll add to the list…

  • Cell phone ringing during Mass. Not only is it disruptive to others, it’s incredibly rude. Maybe you should just leave it in the car OK?
  • Talking on the cell phone while in a checkout lane at a store. Are you just trying to show off that you have a cell phone and some poor soul willing to listen to your inane ramblings? I am not impressed. Pocket the phone and pay the cashier.
  • Wow, great ringtone! Your selection is mega-cool and displays how hip you are. Please turn down the volume.

Considering kids are getting these devices when they’re 8 or 10 now, I think it’s time that we start adding tech-etiquette classes as a requirement in middle-school. I’m only half-kidding. Right now, I think the only ‘Public Service’ message kids are getting regarding responsible use comes in the form of a 30-second warning before a movie begins at the theater. More needs to be done.

Feel free to vent in the comments. I suspect I’m not alone…

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