I’m not talking about the obvious when you’re in a movie theater. That should be a given by now. What I’m talking about is when someone is having a conversation with you and their phone starts going off and they make no movement to silence it. I’m not talking about a beep from a text or a chime from some app. No … what I’m talking about is when someone is calling them and they just let their ringtone play. Of course it’s always the most obnoxious ringtone you’ve ever heard … and it lasts for what seems like an eternity.
Now … you might be saying:
“But they don’t want to be rude and interrupt when you’re talking.”
I can understand that … in theory … but if your fucking phone is ringing at top volume while we are conversing, I’m already interrupted and can’t even think straight anymore. The words coming out of my mouth at this point are jumbled and not making any sense because they are the remnants of my last thought before it shifted to “Aren’t you going to shut that fucking thing off!?”
The flip side of that is when they are speaking and their phone starts going off. They ignore it and act like nothing is happening and talk right through it. Although they may be tone deaf to it … it’s all I hear NOW! I see lips moving but all I hear is an annoying ringtone. You would think by the look on my face (which I’m told I don’t hide very well) it would be a clue that I’m not hearing a word you’re saying anymore … but apparently not … because you’re still talking … and it’s still fucking playing!
Grab a fucking clue! Cell phones aren’t new. The etiquette surrounding them is pretty established at this point! If you’re not reaching for your phone to silence it while we’re talking … it says you couldn’t give two shits about me. If that’s the case, I instantly have no respect for you and I won’t hesitate to ask: “Are you deaf … or just an asshole?”