Yesterday, Taylor Martin outlined for you what types of habits bother him on an every day scale when using phones and other devices. I can see where he's coming from in just about every regard. I let slide people's text "antics" though, because I can't make people use commas, or even full words. Of course, I completely agree that you should never, ever, text while you're watching a movie (in a movie theatre) -- but this should be a universal understanding.
But, while I agree with Taylor's viewpoints, I think he was looking at it down a narrow path. We do need to take into account the way that our actions impact those around us, especially if it's something as simple as a phone or a tablet. With that in mind, though, I'm going to ask you a simple, yet general question:
Do you talk on your phone while you're in an elevator?
As you probably noticed right when you opened up the article, I've got a picture of an episode of Family Guy there. If you've never seen the seen how, it's created by Seth MacFarlane and it airs on FOX. In the specific scene pictured above, Stewie Griffin finds himself in an elevator with someone who is on his cell phone. The guy on his phone eventually falls into a series of repeated questions, before Stewie is forced to take drastic action.
I've been in an elevator with someone on their cell phone, and it isn't a fun experience. Even if the ride was only for a few moments, it was remarkably annoying the whole time. It's the fact it is an enclosed space, and sound echoes to make it worse. I can say that I've never personally done it, but that could be just a stroke of luck. I ignore most phone calls, and I haven't found myself in an elevator in quite some time.
Bluetooth headsets, though, are probably the cause of many of my root problems with people being on the phone. I don't mind when someone is talking to someone on their phone. It's part of the society we live in. Yes, you get to hear part of the conversation, but that's just the way things go. However, more often than not, when someone is on the phone using a Bluetooth headset? They talk louder than they need to.
The last time I was in an airport, I was sitting in a seat near the loading gate. In front of me, a woman on the phone, phone to her ear. At least, that's the way it started. After a few minutes she asked the person on the other end to hold on, and then she switched to a Bluetooth headset. As if on command, a guy in a suit a few feet away answered a call on his own headset.
It was remarkably entertaining to watch the two of them refuse to walk away from one another. It was like they were fighting, with their eyes and voices, for the space. It was theirs, and they weren't going to give it up! But, they didn't really care about the rest of us. They were just getting louder and louder. One of them talking about their cat, and the other talking about the upcoming flight.
This is uncalled for. Sure, it was an entertaining situation at the time, and I'm even smiling about it now as I reminisce, but in all reality this is just ridiculous.
Have you ever caught someone taking a picture of you out in public? Or have you ever seen someone taking a picture of someone else? I've heard of these things happening, and it is bewildering to me. People seem to completely ignore how these things, these obtrusive actions, can forcibly interject and interrupt our lives. Even a short interruption, depending on the situation ,can put a huge damper on the rest of the day.
So, be honest with me, Dear Reader. Have you ever taken a phone call while you were in an elevator? Or, noticed that the volume of your voice rose a few notches while you were talking on a Bluetooth headset? But, here's the most important question: have you apologized to someone you noticed was interrupted by your actions? Let me know!