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  • Cell Phones: Tool of the Devil?

       November 03, 2005

    Yesterday, Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman huffed off after a cameraman's cell phone went off during a press conference:

    Like moviegoers everywhere, the Green Bay Packers are fed up with interruptions caused by those annoying cell phones going off at the most inopportune time.

    So, coach Mike Sherman cut short his weekly news conference Wednesday when a camera operator's phone rang, and the team canceled quarterback Brett Favre's weekly briefing when the culprit failed to 'fess up.

    The cell phone went off about 16 minutes into what is normally about a 25-minute news conference when Sherman was in the middle of answering a question about his defense.

    "I don't understand that," Sherman, a former high school history teacher, said as he walked away from the podium in the media auditorium. "That stuff to me, to be honest with you, is a total lack of respect for each other. Forget me, you don't have to respect me. But respect each other."

    While Sherman was probably more pissed off about being the coach of a 1-6 team than he was about a cell phone, his reaction is understandable. Cell phones are convenient, and yet also horrible. On the plus side, people can reach you no matter where you are. On the minus side, people can reach you no matter where you are. And, Sherman's damn right about how so much of cell phone use shows a complete lack of respect for the people around you. And I'm not just talking about strangers who have to listen to one side of your conversation. I've been with people, who, in the middle of conversation, will answer their cell phone and proceed to gab away, while I'm just left sitting there twiddling my thumbs.

    I was at a concert last week and I saw an entirely different phenomenon: people who were more excited to get on their cell phones and call their friends while the concert was happening than they were to actually watch and listen to the concert themselves. My thought is that cell phones have made us so preoccupied with what is going on away from us that we're not paying enough attention and care to what we're actually doing. The grass is always greener on the other end of the line.

    So, I ask, are cell phones a tool of the devil? If so, perhaps the rest of us could take a cue from Mike Sherman and demand that real, live human beings take precedence over these bright, shiny, seductive minions of Satan.

    Posted by at November 3, 2005 12:46 PM

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    #  November 3rd, 2005 2:43 PM      james
    it is rude to abruptly answer a phone call in the middle of a live conversation and to start gabbing away. but i can't help but think that your "while I'm just left sitting there twiddling my thumbs" comment sounds like "waaa, waaa, pay attention to me! me me me!"

    i dunno. i usually dont answer my phone when others are around. if i do, i get off quickly. if i were on a date with someone and they gabbed away, i'd be upset, but if i'm just hanging out with a friend at a bar or restaurant or something i don't really mind.  
    #  November 3rd, 2005 2:47 PM      kris
    i don't really mind either, unless they're on the phone for five minutes or something. that's when i get annoyed, not just when someone answers their phone.

    also keep in mind that i'm just annoyed, i don't pull a sherman and leave in a huff or anything.  
    #  November 3rd, 2005 6:25 PM      Daddy
    Nah, I think IS rude to answer the phone AT ALL when you're out with somebody. Period.

    If that phone call is so friggin' important, you should've made plans with THAT person.

    If my company is that boring....leave me alone. I got things to do.

    (rant excludes work and medical EMERGENCIES. Not updates...EMERGENCIES).

    I once went to a club with four former acquaintences. As we approached the door, all four were on their cell phones, talking to others. Just....surreal.

    Why even bother to be with other people?  
    #  November 4th, 2005 8:24 AM      BVBigBro
    Tool of the devil. Including work and emergencies.  



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