That’s it, the Princess of Positive (yours truly) has had it with cell phone rudeness. Join me in my movement called “Take a cell phone break!”
I confess, I have been just as much a part of this problem as everyone else. Starting today, I, Greta Perry, am turning over a cell phone etiquette leaf! In anatomy class, I was never taught that, ” the cell phone is connected to the hand bone and the hand bone is connected to the ear!” Just because EVERYONE is doing it, does not make it right!!!! I am begging you all to start today and join with me for a National Campaign to take back free minutes and enjoy life and the people around us. And yes, in case you wondering, you look more guilty if you get in an accident if you were on the phone than if you weren’t. I know I know, you are the world’s best driver and can do your hair, groom the dog, eat a 5 course meal and still drive better than everyone else! So just put down the phone once in a while! Yes, I will most likely still answer calls when I am driving around town – but I am making a true effort to only answer and call when I truly have to do so. If I am going into a store -phone goes off for now on! I am soooo text message challenged – doing that while driving is not an option for me (nor should it be for you). I can’t even do it standing still – yet!
TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE PEOPLE – PUT DOWN THE PHONE!!!
Below is the contract I am adhering to from now on!
I, state my name (do not repeat a la Animal House), do solemnly swear from this 8th day of April 2008, to be a more responsible cell phone user (yes, crackberrys and iphones are included).
* I will no longer approach a service counter or checkout line while using my phone or bluetooth. I will actually make human eye contact and speak to the person who is on front of me.
* I will start enjoying short intervals of phone freedom! If I am driving alone and am bored, I need to realize I can be entertained listening to music or talk radio or even…silence.
* I will no longer look down at my text message during public events or gatherings every 5 seconds. I will only reserve checking them when I absolutely have to go to the bathroom!
* I will no longer assume the rest of the world wants to hear my conversations with my Aunt Gertrude or whoever.
* If I am so busy that I can only wish someone a Happy Birthday because I am in a car – I need to get my priorities in life in order!
* I will show my kids or the generation of children today, that it was not always like this and they don’t have to have a cell phone implanted in their head as soon as it is available (I believe you can get it in your teethnow).
* When spending a day with the family, I will not just start talking to whoever because they called and ignore the family (I am so in trouble if I break this one now that I said it).
* I will no longer be angry at friends who do not pick up the phone the second I call or not call back within 5 minutes (they might have something more important to do than talk to me that second).
* I will be sure to shut my ringer off at any event I attend (you don’t want to be that person whose phone goes off during a wedding – do you?).
Let’s here you sound off about things that bug you about cell phones! What are you willing to change? Has the phone changed your lifestyle? Do you feel naked if you go out without your phone? Do you think…Oh heck everyone – comment – talk to me! I know you are out there reading – now say something!
Update: April 8th 9:13 PM
Posted by anniemaj
Hey Greta, I liked your idea so much I couldn’t resist writing a little ditty about it. Check this out:
SUNG TO THE TUNE OF “BOUNCE YOUR BOOBIES”
Turn off your cell phone, and turn off that ring
Turn off your cell phone, c’mon it wont sting.
Whether you’re at home, school, work, or the mall,
Turn it off and – ooh! – you’ll have a ball.
Turn off your cell phone,
Come on, honey, go out on the town.
Turn off your cell phone.
Come on, turn off your cell phone, honey. Come on.
Turn off the phone that controls you.
Turn it off if you feel like it!
Come on, turn off your cell phone.
Here we go. Doesn’t that sound good?
Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off your cell phone, it’ll keep you whole.
You won’t run your car into that big phone pole.
Just admit it, gals, it sure feels great.
To not hear it ringin’, ooh, see ya at eight!
Update: April 8th 9:00 PM It has been brought to my attention that we should discuss the use of cell phones while going to the bathroom – esp. in public stalls. I think it needs to be added to the pledge for sure.
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