Even I’ll admit that I’m sometimes a perpetrator of some distasteful cell phone behavior. It’s hard not to be when we have these little worlds at our fingertips. Not only do we all have access to the Internet on our smart phones, but between Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and Twitter, and the more antique functions like calling and texting, we have tons of ways to communicate with the world. More importantly, the world has so many ways to communicate with us. It used to be that all of our correspondence was waiting at home for us either in the mailbox or on our voice message machine. Now, people can access us wherever we are, and it’s lead to a rapid and strange change in social behavior. Here is rude cell phone behavior we have unfortunately normalized.
Ignoring a call, and texting back
Somebody calls you, you don’t feel like talking on the phone, so you ignore the call, and simply text back, “Hey, I saw you called—what’s up?” Well they probably called because “what’s up” will take a lot of typing to explain over text. And now that you’ve texted back, you’re proven you are, in fact, available to talk, you just didn’t feel like picking up.