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!

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Teron Facey
Teron Facey Nope why should it? It's not like were inside of a theater then I would say yes.
Steven Pereira
Steven Pereira No... But I seeth when somebody in a theater sits in front of me and uses their phone. In the darker the phone is blinding.
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers verizon actually has good signal in a elevator where i work at in the Miami ports...use that time to read the news through flipboard
Sha Iamthemaster Ramirez
Sha Iamthemaster Ramirez I have verizon wireless and majority of buildings I will lose service in.. there are some however I will not.. to be on the safe side.. I always advise the person I will call them back briefly... but when I am in the elevator I am checking missed calls; text I received while on the call.. and tweets.. for that brief 15 sec or so I'm replying to about 30 people or so.. did I mention who cares? If there's 10 ppl in a elevator... 3 of them are probably together in a group talking laughing and just loud.. 6 will be doing something on their phone... and one awkward prick will be in the corners waiting to get to a computer to post their elevator experience on Facebook.. Smh.. its 2012... REALLY?????
Dilan Parmar
Dilan Parmar Dammit farting
Dilan Parmar
Dilan Parmar Not as bad as them varying or something
Tony Kollar
Tony Kollar In the Towers of 9/11 they used phones for flash lights it helped save lives so not at all, glad people have them. In an emergency you will welcome the light and telephone:)
Chris Kaizenn
Chris Kaizenn Terrible article.
Bobby Moore Jr.
Bobby Moore Jr. I don't see why
Daniel Rivera
Daniel Rivera Noooo
RodrigoyClaudia Salazar
RodrigoyClaudia Salazar Only if someone in using an iphone then i whipp out the mother load my bad ass verizon 4G LTE rooted jelly bean galaxy nexus baaaam!!!
Anthony V Cannata
Anthony V Cannata I get no reception in elevators
Lewis Hachmeister
Lewis Hachmeister Nope. It's nice when strangers keep to themselves.
Ha Ma
Ha Ma nope
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos No. If it bothers you then you have way too many issues. I could see if they were talking loud, or using the speakerphone ok but just using it? Please.
Brian M McCoy
Brian M McCoy Only if their talking loudly or someone that uses cursing as their main language.
Lanh Nguyen
Lanh Nguyen Puntang ina Mo.
Bill Gillespie
Bill Gillespie Lmao people complain about not being able to make a call in a elevator.. Nobody is holding a gun to your head making you have t-Mobile
Gloria Lane
Gloria Lane no, no bother....why would it?
Ethan Maness
Ethan Maness No.
Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer Yes cause I have T-Mobile and I cant!
Imma Tragsar
Imma Tragsar this bothers people? :O lol it only bothers me if people don't stfu in small places (bathroom, elevators, small stores/tight spaces) or if they're going through drive through somewhere (cause I'm cashier -.-)
Randy Wade
Randy Wade It makes me want to cry
Fernando Bordallo Romero
Fernando Bordallo Romero Not really unless they talk loud..my carrier has amazing signal in the building where I work even inside the elevators..
Oli Gadsden
Oli Gadsden No... What else is their to do. It will bother me if they are been loud. :-)
Kilgore Trout
Kilgore Trout ...only if those wireless devices are detonators.
Lisa Curtis
Lisa Curtis What is much, much worse to me is their talking on cell phones in public restrooms!
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis
Dimitri Charmy Mikhael Margaronis Believe it or not Verizon has outstanding signal in elevators lol
James L Jeffley
James L Jeffley No. I laugh because their signal will probably die...and they know this...and they keep doing it anyway. These are the same folks who keep pressing the elevator button thinking that, somehow, that will make the elevator come faster.
Marc Rudy
Marc Rudy Not at all
Chris Northcutt
Chris Northcutt I use my phone, but not usually to talk on in the elevator
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas Damn it's late for a phone dog post.....somebody must be drunk....and thats fine I am to
Sean Gentry
Sean Gentry Only if they are being loud. Checking text, e-mail, twitter, Facebook...Not really.
Frank Porter
Frank Porter I sure have, and would again.
Ray Kishi
Ray Kishi yes.
Still Dre Dane
Still Dre Dane why would it? people need anything to bitch about, its a 20sec elevator ride QQ
Stephen Wagner
Stephen Wagner Lol what else is there to do in an elevator besides awkwardly stand there
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr only if they are talking on it lol

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