To preserve the sanity of my fellow public transportation patrons, I thought, “How can I help deter folks from speaking loudly into a digital device in a confined space, thus interrupting tired travelers with the mundane details of their lives?” Well, there are cell phone jammers, which can block communication in small areas, but the $100,000 fine associated with using one is probably not worth the trouble.
Therefore, I’ve decided to recommend ten cell phone etiquette tips that, if adhered to, can improve everyone’s life:
1. If you dial one friend and they don’t answer, take that as a hint. Don’t dial another friend. Put the phone away and look out the window.
2. Please limit your calls to A) checking to see if your kids made it home safely; B) calling your boss to say you are running late; C) dialing 911 in an emergency. All of these calls should be no more than 60 seconds.
3. Calls that begin, “Hey, I just called to see how you were doing,” are unnecessary. Don’t make them. If you do, the looks from your fellow passengers might just burn a hole in your shirt.
5. Please don’t laugh so loud. Is what you’re talking about really that funny? Really?
6. If you have to keep repeating yourself, hang up and call back later.
7. Your fellow passengers aren’t interested in the fact that your significant other didn’t lock the door when they left this morning. Discuss when you arrive home.
8. Send a text message. Whatever happened to good old fashioned texting?
9. This is not the time to try and secure a date from the person you met at the bar last night. Read a book instead.
10. Bring a friend with you when you travel. Face to face chatter makes more sense.