Satan's Bunny Slippers: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem. Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces. You can't explain this.I figure it's because they only hear one side of the conversation, and it just pizzes them off to no end that they can't be completely involved in listening in on your private conversation. So they get all angered.Me, I don't answer my phone in public or while driving for the most part. I'll look at it, and I'll only answer if it's my sister, because she will text me regularly, but if she's calling there's some kind of emergency in the family. I never answer while driving even though I have a new car with the built in phone thingy. I'll freely admit I can barely keep and eye on all the others around me and drive, I have no business trying to talk on the phone and watch things and drive.
Galloping Galoshes: 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?
vharshyde: Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...
Elemental79: why care?
lemurs: The difference between a crazy guy yammering to himself at the bus stop and social acceptability is a Bluetooth earpiece.
trappedspirit: This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.
trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear? You sound angry.
TheBigJerk: For the most part I think it can be summed up with one question: If the person you are talking to was next to you, would you still be an asshole?If yes; you're an asshole.If no; the whiners are the assholes.
jehovahs witness protection: Sitting outside of Starbucks has never been more entertaining.
trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem. Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces. You can't explain this.That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides."Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"Then butt out. Simple as that. Why do I have no problem doing that. I think it's a matter of self control. Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.
trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem. Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces. You can't explain this.
shtychkn: Beeblebrox: Diogenes: "Why don't you mind your own business?!""Why don't you stop making your business everyone else's?!"1000x times, this! I was at a Verizon store (big, open, endless waiting) and some woman was reading some poor shlub the riot act on her phone, talking about how he ruined her life, ruined their kids lives, etc at high volume. So I merely started staring at her since it was obvious she wanted everyone to hear her conversation. After a bit she noticed, got real quiet and then took it outside.Seriously, I don't want to know your business. Talk on your phone in the same tone and volume as you would talk to the person standing next to you.Another good trick if they won't make eye contact with you, is to start talking right next to that person in the same volume as them. Eventually they will get annoyed (go figure) and either quiet down or move away.actually. Sounds like she didn't want everyone to know. But she got caught up in the moment. Once she noticed you staring at her, she got quiet and went outside.
Mikey1969: Talking on cellphones and BT devices isn't the problem. It's the people who don't realize that they are distance communication devices and feel the need to scream. You don't need to yell into your cellphone or headset, that's really all that matters.As for the "Everyone who uses a cellphone in public is an asshole" people, I don't believe that those people have never used their cellphone in public, so they can eat a dick.
Ker_Thwap: Mikey1969: Talking on cellphones and BT devices isn't the problem. It's the people who don't realize that they are distance communication devices and feel the need to scream. You don't need to yell into your cellphone or headset, that's really all that matters.As for the "Everyone who uses a cellphone in public is an asshole" people, I don't believe that those people have never used their cellphone in public, so they can eat a dick.There are a surprising number of people you just have a normal conversations at insane volume levels as well. I'm sure a small percentage have hearing problems, but others just seem like they're afraid of being ignored.
sandi_fish: 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?
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.
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.
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
vharshyde: anti-progress types in this thread...
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.
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