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(Discover)   Study proves that talking on your cell in public DOES make you an asshole. Angry counterpoints may be made to the the right, jerks   (blogs.discovermagazine.com) divider line 198
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2014-04-09 08:35:55 AM
62 people (30 men, 32 women) were confronted with a confederate wearing a large leg brace, who dropped a stack of magazines and feigned difficulty retrieving them.

They were probably Yankees.
 
2014-04-09 09:16:39 AM

Sybarite: 62 people (30 men, 32 women) were confronted with a confederate wearing a large leg brace, who dropped a stack of magazines and feigned difficulty retrieving them.

They were probably Yankees.


Yeah, I mean if they hurt their leg trying to defend Vicksburg or something, I don't know how eager I'd be to help out.
 
2014-04-09 09:50:04 AM
Or just a teenage girl.

/swear some of them have their phones surgically grafted to their ears
 
2014-04-09 09:54:12 AM
"Why don't you mind your own business?!"

"Why don't you stop making your business everyone else's?!"
 
2014-04-09 09:54:50 AM
 
2014-04-09 09:55:45 AM
a confederate wearing a large leg brace, who dropped a stack of magazines and feigned difficulty retrieving them

This always happens on the anniversary of Lee's surrender at Appomattox.  It's a heritage thing.
 
2014-04-09 09:57:02 AM
As long as you're not doing it while you're driving or in the same movie theatre I'm in, no sweat.

In those two instances, however, you deserve to die.
 
2014-04-09 09:59:41 AM
People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.

Why do I want to know what the vet said about your cat's rash?  Oh.... I see.
 
2014-04-09 10:04:47 AM
You are not that important.  Put the f*cking phone down.
 
2014-04-09 10:08:34 AM
fark the confederates... you lost the war, pick up your own damn magazines!
 
2014-04-09 10:09:23 AM
I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb
 
2014-04-09 10:10:22 AM
"Hold on I need to get my cell phone out of my pocket..."

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2014-04-09 10:11:31 AM
No, talking loudly on your phone makes you an asshole, simply using it is fine.  If you talk at a normal volume it's no worse than someone talking to a friend.
 
2014-04-09 10:14:11 AM
The difference between a crazy guy yammering to himself at the bus stop and social acceptability is a Bluetooth earpiece.
 
2014-04-09 10:14:30 AM
I don't even answer my phone if I am in public...
 
2014-04-09 10:16:47 AM
lets ask Diamond "Diggity" Dave

before cell phone use:

encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

after cell phone use:

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-09 10:17:33 AM
What makes you an asshole is your attitude and behavior to the cellphone you carry in public.
 
2014-04-09 10:18:19 AM

lemurs: The difference between a crazy guy yammering to himself at the bus stop and social acceptability is a Bluetooth earpiece.


People on those earpieces piss me off more than cell phones, especially when you're like inside a grocery store and the person is talking to you and you're like 'huh? What?' and then they turn sideways and they've got that f*cking earpiece on. It's like they were taken over by those f*cking ear zombie slugs from Star Trek or something.
 
2014-04-09 10:18:59 AM
You mean there are still people alive that fought in the Civil War??

/Amazing!!
 
2014-04-09 10:19:09 AM

CruJones: No, talking loudly on your phone makes you an asshole


Flashback to being stuck @ Helsinki international and being treated to 1.5hours+ of  self-infatuated German a-hole prattling on at something just a whisker below screaming....

He was eventually standing in the middle of an empty concourse blissfully unaware of the death glares of his victims...

Standard volume, away from the flow of foot traffic - cool, go wild. Blocking the entrance to an escalator, middle of a restaurant or at a theatre or public event? Kill yourself.
 
2014-04-09 10:20:17 AM

gopher321: Or just a teenage girl.

/swear some of them have their phones surgically grafted to their ears


Borg implants
Just get it over with
 
2014-04-09 10:20:20 AM

CruJones: No, talking loudly on your phone makes you an asshole, simply using it is fine.  If you talk at a normal volume it's no worse than someone talking to a friend.


I yelled at a man about this once. Once.
 
2014-04-09 10:20:40 AM

CruJones: No, talking loudly on your phone makes you an asshole, simply using it is fine.  If you talk at a normal volume it's no worse than someone talking to a friend.


this. if you are discreet no problem.. if i have no choice but to hear every word that puts me in a choking mood.
 
2014-04-09 10:25:57 AM
Let us not forget the idiots at the gym who are talking on their cells while their ass is parked on the piece of equipment you've been waiting to use.  No, just being at the gym isn't a form of exercise, Einstein.
 
2014-04-09 10:28:13 AM

bdub77: lemurs: The difference between a crazy guy yammering to himself at the bus stop and social acceptability is a Bluetooth earpiece.

People on those earpieces piss me off more than cell phones, especially when you're like inside a grocery store and the person is talking to you and you're like 'huh? What?' and then they turn sideways and they've got that f*cking earpiece on. It's like they were taken over by those f*cking ear zombie slugs from Star Trek or something.


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2014-04-09 10:30:28 AM
I talk on the phone while in the grocery store, but always get off the phone when I get in line to pay.
 
2014-04-09 10:30:51 AM
I rarely talk on my phone, and when I do it is for maybe 1 minute tops. But I'm not about to start wasting brain power worrying about talking on a phone in public. Sure, in a library or movie theater where any noise ruins other peoples experience, but otherwise why care?

As far as being distracted and unable to help others in need, if someone finds a place where no one is around to talk, the odds of them helping someone in distress drops to 0%.
 
2014-04-09 10:32:15 AM

Harry Freakstorm: People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.

Why do I want to know what the vet said about your cat's rash?  Oh.... I see.


It also makes it harder to spot the skitzo nuts having conversations with themselves.
 
2014-04-09 10:35:01 AM
The train.   There needs to be federal death penalty law for people who do it on the train.
 
2014-04-09 10:35:15 AM

Elemental79:  why care?


Because your distracted meandering is obstructive and nobody cares about the technical intricacies of your prostrate exam?
 
2014-04-09 10:39:19 AM
Son! I say, Son, When was the last time you saw someone on their cellphone and had the thought run thru the windmills of your mind that "That is a really cool person"?

Like picking your nose, or drinking alone, best done alone.
 
2014-04-09 10:41:09 AM
Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...
 
2014-04-09 10:42:59 AM

vharshyde: anti-progress types in this thread...


So being selfishly anti-social is pro-progress?

You sound cute. Wanna have some babies?
 
2014-04-09 10:48:48 AM

rev. dave: I talk on the phone while in the grocery store, but always get off the phone when I get in line to pay.


Out of curiosity, why would you have a need to be on the phone while grocery shopping?  For that matter, when did phones become so absolutely necessary during all times of the day?  I mean, it's not like people carried bags of quarters to use on pay-phones back in the day.
 
2014-04-09 10:49:26 AM

vharshyde: Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...


On one hand, people need to learn to mind their own damn business.
On the other hand, I believe this world is seriously lacking in empathy.  If people didn't walk around so self-absorbed and thought of others/put themselves in other people's shoes, the world would be so much better.
I'm 33 years old and not sure if the lack of empathy and consideration is getting worse, but everything would sure as hell be much better if there was more thoughts of those around you.
 
2014-04-09 10:50:07 AM

lewismarktwo: I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb



I sure hope that story is true.  If it is, I'd like to buy you a beer.
 
2014-04-09 10:50:41 AM
Some people get a little ticked when they are trying to eavesdrop on other people's conversations but they can only hear half of the conversation.  It's like they can't help sticking their noses into other people's business and once it's there there is a certain level of convenience expected.
 
2014-04-09 10:50:43 AM
I just don't understand why it is illegal for me to have (and use) a cell phone jammer.

Annoying phone user nearby? Boop!
 
2014-04-09 10:50:57 AM
And to think there are people who actually want cell phone usage to be approved on airplanes.
 
2014-04-09 10:50:58 AM

CruJones: No, talking loudly on your phone makes you an asshole, simply using it is fine.  If you talk at a normal volume it's no worse than someone talking to a friend.


Not real fond of being in an elevator with someone using their phone.  Thanks for letting me share your phone booth, twit.
 
2014-04-09 10:51:44 AM

MelGoesOnTour: rev. dave: I talk on the phone while in the grocery store, but always get off the phone when I get in line to pay.

Out of curiosity, why would you have a need to be on the phone while grocery shopping?  For that matter, when did phones become so absolutely necessary during all times of the day?  I mean, it's not like people carried bags of quarters to use on pay-phones back in the day.


To check with the wife about what I need to get for dinner.  Or she called to ask me to get something she forgot to tell me before.
 
2014-04-09 10:51:46 AM
Please. Won't someone think of the poor magazine droppers?
 
2014-04-09 10:52:15 AM

Buttknuckle: You are not that important.  Put the f*cking phone down.


What does being important have to do with talking to people? Personally, I like people and frequently talk with them. Why that should be restricted to important people is beyond me.
 
2014-04-09 10:53:09 AM

vharshyde: Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...


Rudeness is not progress.  Being rude to others while using your new cool toy is simply being an asshole.  Let's separate behavior from technology, ok?
 
2014-04-09 10:53:26 AM
Hey, if it keeps them from striking up a conversation with me, then they can use their cell phones as much as they want.
 
2014-04-09 10:54:05 AM

meanmutton: Buttknuckle: You are not that important.  Put the f*cking phone down.

What does being important have to do with talking to people? Personally, I like people and frequently talk with them. Why that should be restricted to important people is beyond me.


Stop it.  You are not important enough to talk to other people.  These other people are tired of your shenanigans and have asked me to request that you no longer speak to them.
 
2014-04-09 10:54:09 AM
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2014-04-09 10:54:09 AM
Was in the rest room of the office building where I work, and this dipshiat answers the phone in the stall. I was in the stall next to her and could not for the life of me why she wouldn't call the person back.  What if someone was in there leaving a deposit?
 
2014-04-09 10:54:39 AM
Just use the opportunity of women distracted by their cell phones to take upskirt photos.
 
2014-04-09 10:54:41 AM

Matthew Keene: Harry Freakstorm: People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.

Why do I want to know what the vet said about your cat's rash?  Oh.... I see.

It also makes it harder to spot the skitzo nuts having conversations with themselves.


On the plus side, it helps the people with invisible friends seem normal.
 
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