I posted something on Facebook related to how the cell phone etiquette of a person can actually tell you something about him/her. For me, everybody is important. Even the most unimportant person is elevated to the status of an important one when that person is sharing his/her time with me. I know that is a very self-centric attitude, but making changes to it would be contradicting a lot of things that have been said about me. Anyway, I really don’t give my cell phone(s) much of an importance. Except when I’m home, it is always in silent mode. I don’t like my phones ringing when I’m in public transport or driving. Not one of my friends would say that I stop on the road to attend a phone call or pick up the phone while driving. I rarely text, and I’m not addicted to Facebook or Word Press enough to check it all the time on my phone. Also, I switch off the data network most of the time to save battery power. When I’m with someone, I don’t receive calls unless it is from my parents or girlfriend in which case I tell the caller that I’m with someone and would return the call when I’m free.
Now, the case of people that irritate me;
People who would discuss personal matters on phone in public in such a way that you are forced to hear everything that they do… like what S/he’s going to do after reaching home, or if s/he is having an affair or the brand of condoms they use or the kind of horrible bosses they have….
People who are so addicted to cellphones that a single beep from somewhere around them would make them unleash their phone from wherever it is hidden. They take it out in such a way that you’d think the Prime Minister is waiting on line to receive an important piece of advice from this guy…
The kind of people who can’t even concentrate on what you are talking about or even what they were talking about because half of their brain is trying hard to deal with the constant texting that is going on under the table… their shoulders will be moving so fast that you’d start getting suspicious about what their hands might actually be doing!
There are certain people who are just so damn proud about their gadgets. They believe they have the most modern equipment and do not hesitate to show it off to the people around. They actually go around making it sound so horribly repulsing, like… ‘The problem of having a big phone is that I cannot put it in the pocket of my jeans’ OR ‘The Samsung phone has this processor which is .0005 percent faster than the Nokia one and you can’t believe how I figure this out… I wrote to the company saying that…’ OR even ‘I’m thinking of buying a new phone even though my old phone is only three weeks old because my uncle promised me he would get me an iPhone even before it is released in the Indian market. Given the fact that my Uncle was the one who told Steve Jobs about this country called India and the potential market here, he could get thousands of iPhones for free, you know?’ If you think that these kinds of people are talking just like that then you’re wrong. It is their little insecurities that make them talk like this. They are the type of people who have failed to make an impression anywhere… and they think ‘making impressions’ about themselves are very important. Their little gadgets make them feel important. It gives them a little superiority complex. It is that superiority complex, when in excess, that drives them to make remarks that would either fry your brain (like oysters in its shell) or make you make some excuse to leave.
One of my friends rejoices the idea of talking to others in front of me. His actions have become so predictable that I always cherish watching him take out his phone as soon as we find a seat in a restaurant. His first act would be to unlock it (so stylishly so that you would think it is bank vault that he’s unlocking!) and then proceed to check if someone (probably the likes of the National Security Advisor or Joint Chiefs of Staff!) had desperately attempted to reach him in the 10 minutes of journey from the University to the chosen food joint of the day. Then he would transform himself into a ‘mobile’ command center and start giving people (who might have started relishing his absence from wherever he was!) instructions and help on various subjects.
I used to get seriously angry about this uncivilized behavior. My father would attribute these things to bad upbringing or serious ‘genetic’ issue but I wouldn’t go that far. I, in an inebriated state, once confessed this to another friend of mine. She seriously meditated on the subject and replied, ‘You know, any sort of government, be it Democratic or Dictatorship, will find it difficult to make its citizens good if the country has a lot of them. Apply the same principle to a household and you’ll find the answer.’\
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