This blog was something I was working on and never really posted, it was inspired by a discussion in Dabi’s blog about what is more annoying people that walk around constantly talking on their cell phones or people that walk around constantly on their ipod. Then something happened the other day while I was on campus that made me go back to this.
I think cell phones have become the ultimate litmus test for class and manners this century. Because they can be used almost anywhere it doesn’t mean they should, making that choice of when to use it and when not to can tell a lot about the person. There are three types of cell phone users:
1) The conscientious user- It’s the person that shuts the phone off before class or when they get into a movie theater. They don’t answer while they are in a public place where it would be rude to do so ie; a library. Also when they are engaged in conversation with someone be it something as small as ordering lunch to an actual work conversation they won’t answer the phone. Basically they have manners.
2) The oblivious user- They answer the phone anytime, anywhere with no clue or care on how it impacts the people around them. This is the type of person that will carry on a conversation about how they got banged really hard the night before and have been bleeding out of their anus for a day in front a class of third graders on a field trip. This user will answer the phone even during sex.
If you are one of these cell phone users do you really want to be compared to her?
3) The status user- This is the person that walks around with their blue tooth ear piece in 24×7 because it makes it look like that they are important enough that they should ALWAYS be expecting a phone call. Some would throw these people into the oblivious user category but in all reality they don’t get that many phone calls, they just want you to believe they are that important.
The other day I engaged in battle with one of the oblivious users. I was in the library on campus in between classes working on one of my 45 different papers or essays I have due this semester on one of the computers. This girl sits down across from me and proceeds to have a ten minute conversation on the phone about her plans for the night. It sounded like her friend wasn’t getting good reception so she decided to speak up so the entire building could hear her conversation.
Immediately after getting off of the phone her friend came in and sat down next to her where they proceeded to fill out a job application for a retail store online together talking the entire time. (Which isn’t it a bit scary to see a college student need help on filling out a retail job application? My god what does it say about how they got into this school, wait what does it say about the school? Shit, McDonald’s here I come) This went on for about 15 minutes and you could feel the hatred in the room building. I shot them a couple of “shut the fuck up” looks to no avail. Finally after retyping the same sentence for the 45th time because I couldn’t concentrate to move I had to open my mouth.
Me: Are you guys going to have the running conversation going on all afternoon?
Girl 1: Oh, I’m sorry…..
(Then her tone turns to a complete and utter bitchy one. Like she made a choice in her head that she wanted to argue with me.)
Girl 1: Wait this is a public place. I can talk if I want to.
(I had to scale it back a bit or I was going to end up shitting on her chest in the middle of the library and nobody wants to see that.)
Me: It’s the library. Since when did it become ok to sit in the library and shout to the person sitting next to you distracting every other person in here? You don’t hear anyone else talking do you? Have some respect for the people around you trying to get work done.
(You here a few claps and see a bunch of nods. It is kind of obvious that we have about half of the library’s attention at this point.)
Girl 1: Whatever asshole…
(This is where I make the official transition from a guy in his twenties to a 45 year old man.)
Me: Didn’t your parents teach you any manners? Classless bitch.
(I got a few laughs and a loud YEAH. But that moral victory was cut short because a piece of me had just died.)
What type of cell phone user are you? Are there other types of users I forgot?