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Do You Talk on Your Cell While on the Street?

Artist Nick Rodrigues recently created a Cellbooth piece that mocks our inability to restrict our cell phone usage in public and suggests a special quarantine box for cell phone use on the street. On his website, Rodrigues claims he's interested in the way that humans relate with one another, and how technology and innovation can dramatically affect these interactions. "Often the acceptance of new products into our lives is so subtle that it goes unnoticed, and yet it alters our experience in profound ways," he says. "My pieces highlight the discrepancies between what is, what has been, and what could be normal." I find the idea really intriguing because I often worry the people around me have become addicted to technology — specifically their cell phones and the Internet. Are you one of the many people who could use a Cellbooth, or do you limit your public cell phone use?
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Sasorisa Sasorisa 8 years
What's the point of having a cell phone if you can't use it on the move. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? Otherwise, I could just use a landline since it's always clearer. What is bad is how some people aren't aware of their surroundings and just let the entire world hear their conversation. I walk and talk at the same time but I'm more soft spoken than some people out there.
geohiker geohiker 8 years
it is interesting to look at alternatives to what we take for granted!
cari047 cari047 8 years
Why is this question even asked. I agree with Happsmjc that the use of a cell phone is so that you can use it anywhere. But there are those really loud people on their cellphonesthat are irritating, those are the ones who are trying to get attention, but all you have to do is ignore them.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I honestly don't think it's that much different than having a conversation with another person, as long as you're being aware of the social situation around you and talking at an appropriate volume. I won't talk on my cell phone in a quiet room or a silent bus, but I also wouldn't be comfortable talking to a friend there. If I'm in a place where I could be talking to someone else (at a normal volume, and about things that are OK to discuss in public), then I'll talk away. But if I have to speak louder than I'm comfortable speaking to be heard, or I go into a place where I'm dealing with others directly (a supermarket, etc.) I'll hang up and call back.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I always do...but usually I don't chatter and talk for long. But I will answer my phone if it rings :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Yes, I'm guilty of talking on my cell in public. I'm not on the phone all the time however my cell doesn't go unused. I try to be respectful and stand somewhere that is away from the main group of people. I think the ones that throw a fit over cell-phone talkers need to get over it; it's 2007 and you will encounter loud talkers everywhere. Just relax, stress is reason cancer grows quicker and puts the heart at risk. Loud talkers (while they are annoying) aren't the biggest problem in the world.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
This issue DOES NOT make sense to me AT ALL. I cell phone is a MOBILE PHONE, its whole purpose to to have it when you are away from home and when you are away from home you are in PUBLIC! I mean honestly, it has nothing to do with the level of your voice (yes its annoying when people scream), and hopefully people would have enough common sense and tact to edit their conversations but cell phones are supposed to be used on the go, and when you are on the go you are in public. I mean in some states you cannot talk and drive, so if you cant use the phone in your car and people are complaining when you use it on the street etc. then when can you use it? What is the point of having one if you are only using it in your own home?? I'm just not believing people are seeing the utility and or purpose of the phone and why it was made. Furthermore, I'm in law school or at work 90% of my waking hours. When I am at my apartment I am doing the hours and hours of reading I'm required to do, so my only time to talk is when I am in transit, going from one place to another, and running errands. If I didn't use my phone at these times I would never have the time to talk to my friends and family--I just don't have the time when I'm at my apartment. So I am going to continue using the cell phone when I'm out in public because that's what it was made for!
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 8 years
additionally, i do talk on my phone in public at a normal voice because i live 5 hours from my family, so when they call me i'm not going to be like 'oh im tryin to not be rude, i'll call you back'. e
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 8 years
i agree with the 'i dont want to hear the conversation like..oh what a nasty infection' but when i used to live at school-- there would be girls on the bus sitting next to each other talking loudly about personal things like that. maybe its not the cell phone..maybe people need to re-think things that are ok for talking in public bc i dont know if i had a nasty infection i dont think i'd want to be talking about it on a loud, crowed bus. imo
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 8 years
i try not to... i don't want people to be all up in my biz
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
I try not to have loud conversations on my cell when I'm out in public. First of all, I don't want everyone hearing my business! Second of all, it's just rude.
wiciltd wiciltd 8 years
Do/Say whatever you need to, to make yourself feel better.. The fact of the matter is you're probably not as good as you think you are I personally have never encountered a cellphone talker who was talking at a normal volume and wasn't annoying the fuck out of me But then I just see red whenever I see cell phone talkers.. and want to smash the phone into a million pieces Can't remember if you need milk or not? Call home and ask Can't remember if you were supposed to go left or right at that last turn? Call and ask Stranded on the side of the road..? Call for help But there is no reason to have an extended conversation with someone on a cell phone..
mayara mayara 8 years
@Muirnea: The problem is the number of people having personal (to a level I'm not used to hearing between people who are both there) conversations -- I don't want to hear what the doctor said about that infection -- and, as my husband pointed out, we're wired to fill in the parts we don't hear -- it's easier, for many of us at least, to block out conversations where we hear all parties involved. That said, I don't have problems with people who are paying attention and not getting overly personal and not talking too loudly. The problem is that they seem to be less than 1% of the people I see talking on cell phones in public.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
So whats the problem with talking on the phone in public if the person is talking in a normal voice, and is paying attention, for ex. stopping the conversation for a sec. to look both ways/at the signal etc. and then cross the street? And yes, there are some people out there that do these things (talk in a normal voice and pay attention). The street is a public place, why should some people's rights be limited if they are not bothering others?
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I don't think it's rude. The problem is what I refer to as the "cell phone bubble". People think they have to talk louder, or just do so naturally. Well, not all people. I don't because I'm aware of it, and if the person can't hear me I say I'll call them back or I talk slower. There are plenty of people that feel the need to shout when their friend is standing right next to them too. Some people are just rude, cell phone or no cell phone.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
i dont use my phone while out in public unless it is important
wiciltd wiciltd 8 years
This whole "It's the same as talking to the person beside you" arguement is BS It's not Because people speak louder on the phone - especially cell phones because you think because it's hard for you to hear the person you need to shout at them to make them hear you... You may not realize you're doing it but everyone else does And when you're talking to someone beside you you're paying attention... People nattering away on the cell are rarely paying attention and i am waiting with my fingers crossed for one of them to walk out in traffic and get smoked.. I hate cell phone chatters so much
Marci Marci 8 years
That photo is hilarious! I HATE talking on the phone in public because I know I tend to speak loudly on the phone, for some mysterious reason. So I usually make those calls brief and to the point. It's also very scary to watch people chattering away on their phones. They THINK they're paying attention to what they're doing, but I see more and more people just crossing streets against the light, oblivious to the fact that they are in the wrong and that there are moving cars coming right at them. They act all ticked off at the cars when it's their own fault. They are seriously jeopardizing their lifes, and for inane, unimportant phone chats. I'm really surprised more people aren't getting killed.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I do sometimes. I also talk to other people on the street. Also, sometimes I wear heels and those make noise. :oy:
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
I so don't walk on the street! I drive my car everywhere. Where I live, everything is so far away you have to. So I never talk on the phone while on the street, but constantly when I'm in my car. Wonder if people think that's rude.
Hanahin Hanahin 8 years
Occasionally, but I try to keep it quiet.
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I hate using phones of any sort, so if I DO have a conversation on my phone in public, it's very short and to the point. My dad is constantly on his phone, and he feels the need to be loud about it, too. I hate when people are like that. It's so rude.
sunnynight sunnynight 8 years
I don't have long, drawn-out conversations with people on my cellphone anyway. I use my landline and my DSL for that. :p I only call people when I'm on the street when text messaging isn't fast enough. For example, when I need to know where they are/tell them something immediately.
melda melda 8 years
I don't think its tacky or rude it's just very normal and not an issue in most countries but in my country it is!
melda melda 8 years
I used to talk with my boyfriends when I was in university or street before like two years ago but now I don't, in my country just teenage girls who watch movies and copy whatever celebrities do talk on their mobiles for attention from boys! our home is near three highschools and a university so i see them always talkin and wandering if any boy is watching them
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