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Graz, Austria Considering Banning Cell Phone Use on Public Transportation

Do You Talk on Your Cell Phone in Public Places?

I am so self-conscious about talking on my cell phone on any form of public transportation. I just know that everyone, else, sitting quietly is eavesdropping. Am I narcissistic? No — I just know because I totally eavesdrop! What? Everybody does it.

So I'm actually in pretty much total support of Austria's cracking down on cell phone use on the bus — they want to make it so that cell phone use of any kind is prohibited on the public trans. How much would this affect you? Do you regularly talk on your phone on the bus, train, or any other overtly public place?


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avienndha avienndha 9 years
I just can't handle people talking loud on the train. I'm on it for an hour each way, and love to use the time to read, play my video game, whatever. It's so distracting when you're trying to relax and end up in someone else's conversation, you know? I'm hoping not for a ban outright, but for the start of "quiet cars" like they have in some other countries. THAT would rock.
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I try not to take calls in public places. I do not take calls in bookstores, call me weird but I consider all places with books a library, but the other day I was trying to browse and this woman was standing next to me going on and on about the weird growth on her boyfriends intimate area. Gross. How can people discuss such things in public? I once had someone ask me to stop discussing politics with a friend because they thought it was rude. What! I can't talk about the upcoming election but you can describe you most recent conquest in graphic detail? Privacy is lost and I so miss it.
monday monday 9 years
i absolutely hate people who take calls and yell into their phones so much that everyone within 5 meters can hear him or her. i take calls only when i have to. i keep my voice down and i keep the calls short - unless i'm lost and asking for directions. i absolutely don't take calls in the cinema, at church, in public restrooms and as much as possible while i'm commuting (although this last one is avoided more in fear of being mugged or missing my stop)
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
Talking on your cell phone while driving? That's the kind of thing that screams "HEY I WANNA RUN PEOPLE OVER" And yet those who talk on the phone will argue that of course they're fully payin attention.. I've put a few dents in the side of ppls cars with this selfish single minded attitude And I doubt they want you to pray, I think they want you to offer other people courtesy and respect not to subject them to the drivel of your daily lives. At a loud decibel that makes people want to stab others
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 9 years
My commute is the only time of my day when I actually have time to make calls. Usually it's to make plans and the calls are quick and quiet. There's no way I'm giving that up!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Hey, when in Rome...perhaps you noticed the hyperbole throughout the thread? Some examples... "This chick was on her Razr the entire time. I think I know more about her than I do my friends." "I LOATHE CELL PHONES and chronic selfish twats who are constant cellphone users" "too many people are so self absorbed their cell phone use intrudes upon *MY* life" "no matter where you are or at what volume you talk, it's ALWAYS annoying to people around you" "your capacity for hyperbole is truly astonishing." Of course, if I was really going to go with the "when in Rome" thing, I guess I'd have to get all annoyed and start ranting. Really not my style... :D
Ultress Ultress 9 years
your capacity for hyperbole is truly astonishing. rock on, jennifer.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh dang, you're right! It would be much better to walk around pissed off than to laugh off minor annoyances. I better work on that...
Ultress Ultress 9 years
jennifer76 not only do you have a talent for hyperbole, you utterly miss the point. if you don't see that there's a difference between a senior citizen who moves slowly due to arthritis or age and someone who's too self absorbed to put a pointless conversation on hold in order to pay & get out of the way at the front of the line, then go ahead & keep laughing.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
This thread is cracking me up! People who talk on cell phones don't realize that the world isn't all about them. It's all about me! And how I think things should be! And a.) I don't want to hear the sound of human voices, b.) it skeeves me out to realize the people around me are people! with personal lives! not robots! damn them! and c.) everybody should get the hell out of my way so that I can hurry, hurry, hurry because it's all about me! me! me! :rotfl: :rotfl: The funniest thing of all is that I bet some of the outraged posters here are some of the same people who get all annoyed when they can't get a hold of somebody! But, damn anybody else who answers their phone. :rotfl: Every once in a while I'll get all annoyed with somebody in say the grocery store who is dawdling along on their cell phone and I have to wait to move forward. But, then I have to stop and think why is that any more annoying than getting stuck behind an old lady who just can't move very fast? Or two people having a face to face conversation and not paying attention to the world around them? And I have to admit that there isn't any particular reason why that should be more annoying. And frankly getting all annoyed because someone else isn't making sure that I! can do everything I! want as fast as I! want to is just not how I'd like to live life. Live and let live, y'all.
Ultress Ultress 9 years
a cell phone ban would be most welcome in just about any public place. as far as i'm concerned, cell phones in general should be used for emergencies only. 1. too many people have waaaaay too personal conversations (loudly) on their cell phones. i don't know you, so your abortion, illicit affair, family issues and mental problems are *not my concern*. have people never heard of discretion? 2. too many people are so self absorbed their cell phone use intrudes upon *MY* life because you're too busy having a pointless and loud conversation instead of paying the friggin cashier thereby needlessly holding up the line; you're too busy gabbing to realize you're doing 45 in the left most lane of the highway; you're too oblivious to the life around you to realize you're taking up the whole sidewalk and walking way too slowly. 3. generally it's a courtesy thing. in most places where one wouldn't dream of having a loud conversation, people feel at liberty to bray on their cell phones like donkeys. you're not the only person on earth, no one else's life revolves around you so please *please* shut the eff up!! and act like a human being.
julibul julibul 9 years
All people annoy me.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ya I mean I don't care who is around it's MY cell phone to talk on whenever I want.
dootsie dootsie 9 years
To be perfectly honest, no matter where you are or at what volume you talk, it's ALWAYS annoying to people around you. Especially if you're with someone, and you're on your phone. It's so rude.
ptotheenguin ptotheenguin 9 years
I don't use my cell phone much at all, but I generally don't care if I'm in a public place or not. My calls are short, discreet, and conducted in an inside voice, or else I'll call the person back. If a person next to me if annoyed by my asking my mom if I need to pick up milk, well, too bad. I don't hold full conversations on my phone, but it doesn't bother me if others do so long as they aren't being too loud or holding others up (which is unacceptable with or without a cell phone).
yamagrl yamagrl 9 years
No, I definitely do not talk on my cell phone in public places. Last week I was at the public library and this woman was yakking on her cell phone so loud, that I wanted to walk up and smack her on the head!
natali3nguyen natali3nguyen 9 years
i only talk quietly if i'm in close proximity to other people, like on the bus or something because i don't like people listening to my conversations. i know that they do because if i hear someone talking all loud on their phone i'm listening. haha.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
If someone calls me when I'm out and I'm not with someone else, I will answer it and talk. I will talk in my normal voice, like they are right next to me, and if they can't hear me I tell them I'll call them back. Some people can hear me fine and others can't. If it's important then I find a quiet spot. The only people I think are rude are the people who are in their own little world talking loudly, or blocking aisle. And people who talk on it while driving. There's a reason most people doodle while on the phone: it helps them concentrate. Talking on the phone without the presence of the person and 3D sound of someone next to you takes a lot more concentration than you think.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
no way, I will text but not talk. If I am on the phone when I am walkng into a place I will rush the other person off the phone. And I won't answer until I am alone again. I can't stand hearing other peoples convo's...
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
lol julibul, I thought I was the only one that picked apart the pictures. And this one is affirmative action to boot! Yah, I use my cellphone a lot in public. Well, mostly when I'm driving. That's when I deal with all my appointments and whatever. There's just something about making calls from home that feels like such a waste of time to me at this point - oh, and my mind seems to function more clearly when I'm on the go. Banning cellphones on public transportation sounds so stupid. I guess they want you to... pray?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't own one but when i did (in my early 20s) i basically used it to call my mom for a ride, from the train station. :)
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
I pick up and mack short calls but I don't have long conversations on my cell. Also I always have it on silent, as I hate all those stupid ring tones. And it is very different to have a conversation in person in public and on the phone. Some people may not realize this, but they talk much louder on the phone and on the train, when everyone else is quietly reading their newspaper I don't want to have to listen to other peoples life stories. People just don't value privacy anymore.
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
I try not to in enclosed places like trains or buses, though I sometimes do talk quietly if it's not crowded. I frequently talk outdoors in parks or while walking down the street. It's the best time because I'm not doing anything else.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i do, and i am not always aware of who is around me the whole time. one day i was at the grocery store when my oldest daughters neurologist called and i had been waiting for her call for 2 days. there was no way i was going to say i couldn't talk and i had a whole shopping cart full of food, so there i was. i'm trying to hear about some test results and this man about 80 starts yelling at me saying no one wants to hear my private conversation. it took me a minute to see that his antics were directed at me. when i realized i said "just a minute" to the neuro and looked at the guy and said "it's my daughters doctor", hoping he'd get a clue. nope, "then you should be home with her if SHE'S SO SICK!". yeah, not that kind of sick. i was almost crying and so mad i blurted out "you smell like pee. get away from me before i throw up." guess what, all these months later i'm still not sorry i said it and if i saw him again i'd probably remember him, dick. some calls can't wait and it's really no ones business. permanently ill children have to eat so their mothers have to go to the grocery store, so there you go.
Random2 Random2 9 years
I'll talk on the phone in public, but not in really close quarters. I usually text people if I need something.
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